TM MX 250 Fi
Same, Only Smaller
While we were at Glen Helen, we were able to compare TM's MX 250 Fi to its big brother. The 250 shares many traits with the 450, such as excellent handling, comfort, control effort and feel. Power is similar in character, as well: The bottom end is a bit soft while the top end seems to grow forever. Shift and clutch action are critical on a 250, and the TM holds up to scrutiny with no trouble.
There is some bad news, though: First, the $9306 price isn't that far from the 450's, and is more expensive than any other 250. TM points out that it costs just as much to build a 250 as a 450 if the components are the same, and they certainly are. Second, the 250 proved harder to start than the 450. And last, as we have seen with some other European 250s, the TM's off-idle throttle response is less refined than that of a carbureted bike-though for riders who keep the bike singing, this will never be an issue.
The TM MX 250 Fi is certainly a fun ride, and like the 450 works better at fast tracks. It's just not as refined as it could be.