The 2012 Husqvarna TE250 dual-purpose machine is very much a serious off-roader first, and pavement-capable motorcycle second. It looks like a direct carryover of the World Enduro Championship-winning 2011 TE250, but the 2012 model has received a variety of upgrades. Particularly the upgraded Kayaba shock and Leo Vince exhaust improves overall performance on the TE250, which remains an aggressive off-road bike, designed for 90% dirt and 10% street.
New in distinguishing the 250 from its larger TE310 sibling is a lower seat height, achieved by reducing the suspension travel. The setting of the fork has been completely redesigned to match the new shock, with new springs and internal settings. The handling, as you would expect of a world-class off-road chassis with a lower center of gravity, is fantastic.