Now begins another motobene deep exploration! My bike was manufactured late April, less than 1 month before! A customer's new Scorpa SC was also made in April. This points to there being no buffer inventory. This bike is substantially similar to my beloved 2016 250 Factory, but with the new clutch and other, more-minor changes. 2017 final drive gearing: 44/9 to match the faster primary drive ratio (was 42/10 in 2016, which I changed to 44/10). The chain is back to the classic Sherco 101-link with the half link. Irritating is Sherco orienting the master link clip on the inboard side! Perhaps the idea is the clip is less likely to be popped off on the inboard side? It is a pain in the ass, however, to get at the clip, especially when the clip lines right up with wheel spokes! I flip the link around to the more accessible side of course. The 2017 triple clamp fork pinch bolts are now lighter M6 versus M8. The upper handlebar clamps have slight machining changes. No more directional arrows, and there is a ball end mill track on the side for the handlebars vernier marks. I align the clamp mark with the posterior-most vernier labelled -2 on my 2017 125 Factory produced earlier. This latest 250 has the white bars, but the center portion between the clamps was left black by not being painted. The vernier is 5 simple white ticks, same as the black Sherco-Scorpa '1298' bars. So, the white bars are probably just over-painted standard bars. I love the bend! The blue anodized Oxia head has an air -burp screw in the top for 2017. That's it for now. More comparisons to my 2016 and other details as I dive in deeper.