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Old 04-08-2010, 07:30 AM   #31
DerViking
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99 through I think 01 had the chrome frame. The steering stops are a little too far over, allowing the bars to "invert" on you.

Also moniter the head tube closely. They tended to rip off the frame. Mine had welds all over it before I finally blew the engine.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:55 PM   #32
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Gas Gas 321

I bought a used Gas Gas 321 in 2004 for $2700. I'm not an expert trials rider by any stretch therefore I can honestly tell you the advantages of this bike vs others.

The 321 has lots of torque and a tractor like rev up as you add throttle. It's extremely easy for a beginner to control from a power management standpoint. Most modern trials bikes are like a hamster on meth amphetamine. A accidental bump on the throttle can launch you into a maneuver you won't recover from. For Adam Raga, it may be fine but for less experienced riders it can cause problems.

The 321 is a little heavier than the later trials bikes but also a little tougher. As Gas Gas continued to reduce the weight of their bikes I would imagine the strength suffered a little as well. The 321 is a pretty tough machine. Very few or us, myself included, can utilize any modern trials bike to it's full potential. Try not to get baffled by all the information available since most of it isn't pertinent to the casual trials rider anyway. Trust me when I say the 321 is the perfect bike for an adult beginning trials rider and then good enough to continue to the next several levels.

Price wise I think you'll find 321s from $1000 to $2000. The question is, how quick do you need one and how close is it. If you are not in a hurry, wait for the $1000 bike. If you want to ride now buy a higher priced bike. The trials community as a whole tends to be a little on the cheap side. Most of us go to extremes to save a dollar. I'd recommend you go ahead and buy a 321 and start riding ASAP. Good luck and enjoy your new bike, whatever it might be.
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