Well, managed to sell the beta and picked up a new 2017 tm en 300 fi four stroke from a local dealer last weekend. Looking round the showroom, the tm looked the best quality of the brands, although the shercos and the new honda crf450 Dave thorpe editions did look rather good too. The heart went with the tm, I've never ridden an aluminium framed one, just went with what I really wanted to buy. I'll get a couple of gripes out the way first, mostly maintenance/ design related rather than anything to do with how the bike rides, The kill switch is located on the front of the light cluster on the left side of the handlebar, seems a bit daft to me, would be better with a simpler design. The speedo doesn't measure hours, only mileage and a trip meter. Also the neutral light doesn't go off when the bike is in gear. The airbox looks like it is designed to funnel water into your filter, I'm planning on making a plastic cowl for the air filter so that any water will drain down into the drain hole. I took the airbox off to inspect the electrics underneath, it was awkward to get back on the bike, as was the seat (I've been spoiled by the beta push button seat) Some of the plastics don't line up perfectly either. There is hardly any clearance between the rear shock and the frame, engine, exhaust and injector. The rear shock looks like it is rubbing on the exhaust. Not a lot of wriggle room there. The rear shock spring rubs on a cover on the inner part of the shock, never had this on a shock before this bike, seems a bit strange but have been told it is a common trait of tms. Plastic domino throttle grip has a lot of play, seems a bit naff on a bike this nice. Some likes about the design of the bike, The choke is accessible on the handlebar, makes the bike real easy to start. Starter motor seems strong, looks easily accessible and the idle is super easy to adjust too. Comes with some really nice stock bits, a power bomb style pipe, excel rims, galfer discs, nissan and brembo brake components, hydraulic clutch, kyb forks, pro grips, lithium battery etc. Oil and filter change was painless and easy, not many bolts to undo. Also shares the same filters as a yz450f, which makes them fairly cheap to get. A lot of perishables are shared with other brands. Cleaning the bike, a lot less muck got into the airbox with it being so high. Really like the fuel tank being in the back, easy to fill, nice to have a clear tank and really seems to work from a handling perspective. All the controls feel nice, the bike is comfortable to stand or sit on. Perfect rider cockpit in my opinion, suits a variety of heights and builds. For the most part the fit and finish is really good, I have silicone greased any open electrical connectors I have found, thankfully it looks like all the fuel injection and ignition related plugs have proper connectors (not like beta ones) She comes with handguards and a sump plate standard, which is a nice thing to have on an enduro as standard. Had the first two rides on the bike on the weekend. Wired the grips, checked everything over. Went four clicks softer on the compression and seven on rebound from the stock position on the front forks, to help it free up during the break in period. Haven't touched the shock. Pretty much riding it stock, I'm 182lbs or 13 stone in gear, 5 foot 7 with longish legs being a lady lol, so I tihnk i'm in the range of the standard springs, info on this is hard to come by. In the past I have had a kdx220, beta 300rr, beta xtrainer 300 so used to 2 strokes, riding a 4 stroke took some adjustment. I'm at an average sort of level. I have also ridden friends 2017 ktm 350 xcws and the husky equivalent. My partner brought out his 2016 crf450x and a friend brought down his new 2018 husky 250 tpi, we swapped bikes over the weekend so I feel I can make some good comparisons. Our little practice enduro track was dry, fast and flowing, with a few tight wooded technical bits, jumps etc. stony and rough in places. First things first. I absolutely love the bike, no complaints about the suspension, never found the forks too harsh like a lot of the reviews say, and the bike is not a fire breathing pro only mega tool, it's actually a beautiful thing to ride for different abilities. A few close friends had a ride on it, all came away saying they were surprised how good it was! Now onto details, Power Not as powerful as the 450x or the 250 tpi, which isn't a bad thing. Bear in mind im not hammering the bike too much as the engine is still very tight. Very progressive power with smooth delivery, the top end is exciting, can't wait to break her in some more and really start revving her out. A lot easier to ride in the faster flowing stuff than a 2t in my opinion. It's not intimidating power, real easy to ride, I don't think I'll ever be wanting more power. The 450 had much more off idle, I prefer having less, gets you into less trouble! The 250 tpi was just super sharp, caught me out a bit over a jump, haha, too much bike for me. Handling The best handling bike i've ever ridden by far. Feels light but very stable. Corners so well. Even for an average joe like me, it's so confidence inspiring to have a bike that handles so well at speed. It just wants to make you go faster. Suspension Again, best i've ridden out of the box. Does have a firm feel, but tracks well over rough terrain. Excellent front end on it. Rear end got sideways a few times on jumps, I put it down to my riding technique, could play with the clickers down the line though. No deflection off rocks on the front, felt at home in all conditions. Was pleasantly surprised, much better than what the online reviews let on. The new husky tpi had good suspension too, very soft, pillowly sort of feeling with a good resistance to bottoming. I still preferred the tm, you have more of a feel of the ground and feel less disconnected than the new huskys and ktms I have ridden. The seat height is fairly tall, but the bike is narrow. I'm on my tip toes at 5 foot 7. I don't feel as comfortable in technical terrain on it, it is easy to stall at the moment and not as maneuverable as a 300 2t. I'm going to have to get used to using more clutch and revs at slow speed, as i'm used to the luggability of a 300 2t. This area I feel it is not as strong as the betas, but it out shines the other machines i've had on the track and in faster, flowing terrain. Brakes are excellent, gearbox seems strong, shifts well. My friend had a 350 four stroke husky before the 250 tpi, he said he didn't understand why I went with a tm until he rode it. In his opinion it is far better than a ktm or husky four stroke out of the box. I'll try and update sometime with some videos and more pics. It's a fantastic bike, I was doubting my choice a little before I rode it, wondering if I should have gone with a yam, but now feel totally stoked about the bike! I hope you found this review helpful if you're thinking about buying one.