2020 250cc Off-Road Two-Stroke Dirt Bikes To Buy

Graduate to any of these full-size two-strokes in 2020.

The 2020 KTM 250 XC-W TPI’s chassis is reworked for 2020 with a new frame that has increased stiffness. The 2020 KTM 250 XC TPI shares all of the same chassis updates as the XC-W TPI.
Left: The 2020 KTM 250 XC-W TPI's chassis is reworked for 2020 with a new frame that has increased stiffness. Right: The 2020 KTM 250 XC TPI shares all of the same chassis updates as the XC-W TPI.KTM

For 2020, KTM is continuing its 250 off-road two-stroke models with the XC-W TPI and the XC TPI. The XC-W TPI's chassis is reworked for 2020 with a new frame that has increased stiffness for improved handling and straight-line stability. Additionally, the new 40mm longer subframe contributes to rear fender stability. The new 3-D-stamped exhaust is claimed to be more durable because of the corrugated surface on the expansion chamber. Like the 2019 version, the '20 model incorporates a Dell'Orto 39mm throttle body, but has reworked idle and cold start systems. Tagging in at the end of the name, TPI (Transfer Port Injection) is the most significant update made to the 2020 KTM XC TPI. TPI aims to improve fuel efficiency and exhaust emissions, and removes the need for premixing fuel and re-jetting. The XC TPI shares all of the same chassis updates as the XC-W TPI as well.

The 2020 Husqvarna TE 250i continues to be fuel injected with a 39mm throttle body.
The 2020 Husqvarna TE 250i continues to be fuel injected with a 39mm throttle body.Husqvarna

Husqvarna's two-stroke TE 250i returns for 2020. It continues to be fuel injected with a 39mm throttle body. In case you missed it, our coverage of the 2020 Husky lineup elaborated that the TE 250i has an "updated cylinder with the exhaust port window now being fully machined, while a new water-pump casing optimizes coolant flow. The engine is also mounted one degree lower for improved front end traction and feel."

2020 Husqvarna TE 250i: $9,899

2020 Yamaha 250cc Two-Stroke Dirt Bikes

The 2020 Yamaha YZ250X receives only graphic updates for MY20.
The 2020 Yamaha YZ250X receives only graphic updates for MY20.Yamaha

Yamaha's flagship two-stroke cross-country model continues to be the YZ250X for 2020. First introduced in 2016, the YZ250X receives only graphic updates for MY20, but continues to carry over the features from the 2019 model that make it suited for Grand National Cross Country (GNCC)-type riding and racing such as an 18-inch rear wheel, off-road-focused Dunlop AT81 tires, sealed O-ring chain, and wide-ratio transmission. Being that the engine is unchanged from 2019, with a compression ratio of 7.9~9.4:1 and a bore and stroke of 66.4mm x 72.0mm; we suspect that the engine performance will be the same as the 2019 model and will make "plenty of midrange to top-end power but have a noticeably smoother transition from the bottom-end to the midrange in comparison to the motocross version [YZ250])."

2020 Yamaha YZ250X: $7,599

2020 Beta 250cc Two-Stroke Dirt Bikes

The 2020 Beta 250 RR engine’s most notable change is the addition of a counterbalancer.
The 2020 Beta 250 RR engine’s most notable change is the addition of a counterbalancer.Beta

The Beta 250 RR is significantly updated for 2020. The most notable change to the engine, one that has been greatly desired by our testing staff for a number of years now, is the addition of a counterbalancer for reduced vibration. Another motor revision is a redesigned cylinder head that is claimed to improve torque at low rpm. With this update our past claim that the 250 wanted a stab of the clutch and needed to be revved out may be resolved. The 250 RR frame (like all other RR and RR-S models) has different geometry and rigidity characteristics for 2020 as well.

2020 Beta 250 RR: $8,799

2020 GasGas 250cc Two-Stroke Dirt Bikes

The 2020 GasGas EC 250 (shown) looks identical to the 2019 model, save for the graphics.
The 2020 GasGas EC 250 (shown) looks identical to the 2019 model, save for the graphics.GasGas

GasGas is bringing two 250cc models to the 2020 fray with its EC 250 and XC 250. The 2020 EC 250 looks identical to the 2019 model, save for the graphics, but according to GasGas, it features improvements to the electrical system, engine, frame, and suspension. The electrical system updates include a new starter as well as a larger-capacity battery system. Engine updates include a new cylinder head and "new technology that allows an increase in the thermodynamic performance of the engine and an increase in power [for] a more linear delivery of torque throughout its range." One of the only visible differences between the EC and XC is that the EC has a headlight, and GasGas hasn't released press information or photos of the 2020 XC 250 model at this time, but we will update you when we hear more information and receive images from the manufacturer.

2020 GasGas EC 250: $9,099
2020 GasGas XC 250: $8,799

2020 TM 250cc Two-Stroke Dirt Bikes

The 2020 TM EN 250 ES is the carbureted two-stroke model from TM.
The 2020 TM EN 250 ES is the carbureted two-stroke model from TM.TM

For 2020, the TM EN 250 ES and EN 250 FI ES share many of the same components such as a KYB 48mm fork, TM Racing shock absorber, CNC triple clamps, clear tank, 5-speed gearbox, electric start, 21-inch front wheel, and 18-inch rear wheel. The EN 250 ES is carbureted and priced at $9,295 while the EN 250 FI ES is fuel injected and is priced at $9,795. More details on the 2020 EN 250 FI ES include that it has new ECU maps, increased capacity radiators that can be fitted with an optional electro-fan assembly, a claimed increase in cooling circuit performance, and the sliding capability of the fork is said to be improved too. A full LED headlight is surrounded by a new headlight mask as well. New fork protectors and graphics are also seen on this Italian machine.

2020 TM EN 250 ES: $9,495
2020 TM EN 250 FI ES: $9,795

2020 Sherco 250cc Two-Stroke Dirt Bikes

The 2020 Sherco 250 SE-R has a WP Xplor fork and WP shock.
The 2020 Sherco 250 SE-R has a WP Xplor fork and WP shock.Sherco
The 2020 Sherco 250 SE Factory is the race-oriented enduro. The cross-country model, the 2020 Sherco 250 SC Factory, uses a regular number plate instead of the headlight that comes on the SE Factory.
Left: The 2020 Sherco 250 SE Factory is the race-oriented enduro. Right: The cross-country model, the 2020 Sherco 250 SC Factory, uses a regular number plate instead of the headlight that comes on the SE Factory.Sherco

Sherco's base-model 250cc two-stroke enduro bike, the 250 SE-R, and race-oriented enduro, the 250 SE Factory, are part of the French manufacturer's 2020 lineup. While the 250 SE-R has a WP Xplor fork and WP shock, the SE Factory is equipped with a KYB fork and KYB shock. In a review of the 2018 SE-R model, we claimed that it was extremely versatile, something that we will need to confirm when we actually get our hands on these 2020s. The company is also rolling out a cross-country model, the SC Factory, which is similar to the SE Factory aside from the only visible difference being that it uses a regular number plate instead of the headlight that comes on the SE Factory.

2020 Sherco 250 SE-R: $9,199
2020 Sherco 250 SE Factory: $9,799
2020 Sherco 250 SC Factory: $9,599