TM MOTORCYCLES FOR 2020: THE WRAP

TM Motorcycles of Italy just released its full line of 2020 models. We have been getting  bread crumbs of info about the new TMs for months, but this is the motherlode, with information on the company’s MX, Enduro, Flat track and Supermoto bikes.  The biggest news was leaked a year ago: for 2020, TM’s off-road two-strokes will have transfer port fuel injection as an option. If you check out the November print issue of Dirt Bike, you’ll find that we have already ridden the EN300i. Now comes the news of the new twin-pipe 250 and 300 four-strokes, which have the motor that earned TM an MXGP moto win .  Here are some of the bikes and features:

2020 TM MX85. This model will not have a TPI option yet.

80/85/100 2T Junior
New suspension forks by Mupo
New port timing
New graphics

 

125/144 2T MX
New exhaust valve drive system with on-board motor
New port timing
Improved sliding of the suspension forks
New fork protector
New graphics

125/144Fi 2T EN/SMR
Fuel injection
New exhaust valve drive system with on-board motor
New port timing
New ignition system
New crankshaft
Improved sliding of the suspension forks
New headlight mask
Full LED headlight
LED turn signal
New fork protector
New graphics

2020 TM MX300 Two-stroke

250/300 2T MX
K.S. improved
Improved sliding of the suspension forks
New fork protector
New graphics

2020 TM EN300i

250/300Fi 2T EN/SMR
New ECU maps
New increased radiators with predisposition for electro-fan assembly (optional)
Increased cooling circuit performance
Improved lubrication system
K.S. improved
Improved sliding of the suspension forks
New headlight mask
Full LED headlight
LED turn signal
New fork protector
New graphics

The new twin pipe motor is now available as a 300.

250Fi 4T EN/SMR
New headlight mask
Full LED headlight
LED turn signal
New fork protector
Improved sliding of the suspension forks
New graphics

300Fi 4T MX
New engine with increased displacement
New cylinder head
New throttle body
New exhaust system with twin silencer
New crankshaft
New conrod
New piston
Improved sliding of the suspension forks
New fork protector
New graphics

300Fi 4T EN
New engine with increased displacement
New cylinder head
New throttle body
New exhaust system with twin silencer
New crankshaft
New conrod
New piston
New headlight mask
Full LED headlight
LED turn signal
New fork protector
Improved sliding of the suspension forks
New graphics

2020 TM MX450

450Fi 4T EN/SMR
New headlight mask
Full LED headlight
LED turn signal
New fork protector
Improved sliding of the suspension forks
New graphics

 

450Fi 4T SMX
New twin fuel injectors throttle body
New cylinder head with improved ducts for higher performance and split exhaust manifold
New exhaust system
New conrod
New ECU
New graphics

For pricing on TM motorcycles as well as all the other 2020 models, click here.

RIDING THE YZ300

If you checked out Two-Stroke Tuesday this week, you saw this sweet Yamaha YZ two stroke project bike.  Wrench 42 Motorsports built it with an Athena 300 kit. This week in between the fire storms and crazy winds, we got our first chance to ride it.  It’s as good as it looks.

The Athena kit has been around for a while. Robbie Wageman used it to win the Two-Stroke Championship at Glen Helen last spring.  This bike starts where Robbie’s left off. It’s an absolute work of art. It gets most of that from the “Cone-Look” pipe from Bills Pipes. It also has a Rekluse Torque-Drive clutch, Boyesen Supercooler, MotoStuff titanium pegs and Specbolt Nickel Wurks hardware. On the track, it’s a torque monster. I makes low-end power that even a modern 450 can’t match. As usual, it looses a little bit of rpm with the increase in bore. It also vibrates a touch more. But it still starts easily and runs super clean down low. We’ll have a video on the bike in a week or two, so say tuned and you’ll get a chance to hear it for yourself.

RED BULL OVERRIDE

The Red Bull Override will take place near Dallas, Texas on December 7-8.  Built around a 6-hour hard enduro race, the event will incorporate a unique format featuring three “override routes,” each offering a risk vs. reward challenge in the quest to attain victory.  Both amateurs and professionals can take part in the several classes of racing offered, and the event weekend will also feature music, camping, bonfires and more.  More info and registration at www.redbull.com/override

 “I like the ironman style format of the race,” said Cody Webb, who is serving as race consultant.  “Six grueling hours!  It’s going to be tough and really take a toll on the riders, but I feel like America is missing an extreme race where it takes true grit to finish. Some of these other races have been short sprints and don’t take a toll both mentally and physically. I’m really hoping this takes it to a whole other level.”

THE ISDE IS COMING

Most of our riders are leaving about now for the 2019 ISDE in Portugal, which starts November 11. The U.S. Trophy team will consist of Taylor Robert, Kailub Russell, Ryan Sipes and Steward Baylor.  Considering that two of those riders have won the event overall in the past, it has to be considered one of the strongest teams.  Brandon Krause will be reporting for dirtbikemazazine.com and Enduro Engineering will present daily coverage right here.  Check it out!

250 MOTOCROSS BIKES ON THE DYNO

Our 2020 250 MX shootout is wrapped up. The last piece of business in all our shootouts is to run the bikes on the dyno. For the past few years, that task as been performed by Pro Circuit. The chart is a little hard to read because the curves are so close to one another. They are keyed by color (with the Husky taking the black line). Sometimes the numbers are surprising, but not this time. We knew that at least four of the bikes were nearly equal in top end power. The Honda, Kawasaki, KTM and Husky are all screamers. Where dyno results are often misleading is on the bottom. As we have pointed out many times, the throttle is wide open when a bike is run on the dyno, but on the track it’s a different story. Very few of us twist the throttle to the stop.  The Husky and KTM aren’t especially fond of partial throttle openings, whereas the Honda feels much better than it looks on the dyno. For more on how this affected the results, check out the January 2020 print edition of Dirt Bike.

That’s all for now

–Ron Lawson

 

 

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