2017 Gas Gas Contact

Discussion in 'Trials' started by X5-, Nov 19, 2016.

  1. Ditch

    Ditch Long timer

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    Is that Coors Light you're talkin' about Lineaway? :rofl
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  2. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Read Hoss' Econo history again and wanted to add some detail regarding my beloved 2010 Econo 280.

    It had a tube in the rear wheel. The engine center cases were aluminum. The primary cover was black painted magnesium. The reed block was the single-piece molded rubber type, and the cavity for it in the center cases was slightly smaller than the cavity in the magnesium center cases. The forks were not Chinese, but rather Sachs closed cartridge with steel stanchion rods with black PVD or CVD coating. The frame was the elliptical (a.k.a oval) tube type with the previous, more compact subframe. The shifter was a cheaper aluminum unit that broke. The shifter eccentric stop needed adjusting. Ignition was Kokusan, and I swapped ECMs off my '11 300 Raga to calm the Raga and perk up the Econo. Win win!

    Everything else was like any typical 2008 GasGas.

    I put an Ohlins shock on the rear, which soon blew. I rebuilt the shock and had myself one of my favorite bikes. A new owner is enjoying it now.

    Overall it was a bargain great bike!
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  3. OBX-RIDER

    OBX-RIDER Long timer

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    I got a Contact and though I am a raw beginner I'm having fun with mine and the best thing is I can ride it in the wooded lot next door so I can ride every day ... :D . Got the RY dvd and if I stop it with the gratuitous wheelies I might actually learn something :lol3 ...
  4. Buschog

    Buschog Been here awhile

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    Welcome to your newest moto-addiction.
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  5. Yard Sale

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    I have angered the trials gods and my seat pan broke.

    I only sat on it on roads and two-tracks to get to and from my practice area, I swear. And to rest my legs with the bike off.

    It was a lame afterthought of a design.
  6. lineaway

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    Throw it in the same pile as the lights and xtra wiring.
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  7. ADK trials rider

    ADK trials rider n00b

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    Got a 2017 contact for SALE FOR $4200 i BOUGHT IN fEB 2017 AND AM GOING TO UPGRADE! has a broken seat box from a recent fall but I could fix and sell for 4600 or you can do it your self. I repaired with riveds and works fine but is kinda ugly for a brand new bike. anyone interested contact me at 518 597 4678 thanks Leo
  8. lineaway

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  9. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I've got a GG I'd like to sell...
  10. KimDN

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    We're looking at the 2018 E-start Contact for trail riding. The e-start looks like it's retrofitted; might it be possible to add the e-start kit to an earlier model gasgas TXT?
  11. lineaway

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    I would be checking center cases or crank for a part number change.
    PS they still do not show part numbers for the contact, let alone the 2018. I take it you did not read my last post as the owner from a 2017 could not get parts.
  12. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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  13. KimDN

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    I read the post. Looks like he had trouble getting a couple of parts. One person having trouble getting a couple of parts isn't enough reason for me to not buy a bike that suits my (wife's) needs. I can find anyone to fab just about anything if I really have to.
  14. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    A lesson, perhaps, in killing off the small-dealer network who would know?

    Going direct to the factory regarding a problem is an invitation to Spanish/Catalan culture and being blown off. "We are sorry, but nothing is wrong." :-)
  15. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    That left-side electric start with motor at 90 degrees to the engagement gear axis looks like it engages ring gear on the flywheel. Inteteresting!
  16. KimDN

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    It looks very similar to if not exactly like the e-start that has been on their enduro bikes for a few years.
  17. Yard Sale

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    KimDN, the 2017 Contact is not a good trail bike. There isn't enough suspension to take trail hits at even moderate speeds. It has tall 5th and 6th gears but you only want to be on the smoothest graded roads at those speeds; hitting a rut would be a disaster. There isn't enough ground clearance to weave through rocks; my pegs are always hitting. There is only about 2 hours worth of fuel. The seat pan broke after a few hours of use, and I had to install the seat myself.

    If you only ride seriously gnarly trails it would be a decent trail bike.

    E start is just laughable. Somebody under 5 feet tall could stand flat footed and easily kick start this bike. Even if it were on the proverbial side of a hill.
  18. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    There are exceptions.... I'm not quite 5"7" and have a bum right knee and a bad left hip. I had trouble starting my '17 GG TXT125, because of the "Bart Simpson" kick start gear design on the Pro motor. I sold it and bought a '17 Scorpa 125SC and have no trouble starting it at all, with its 360 degree kick start gear.
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  19. KimDN

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    Yard Sale, maybe in your world a trials bike isn't a good trail bike; but here, for women of small stature in our tight trails, it's really good. Here's what our trails are like; On July 2 we had a hare scramble race here. The fastest rider's average speed was less than 13mph. And this was a relatively easy course.
    My 5'2" wife can kickstart her Beta 200 evo all the time; but a 300 would be a struggle.
  20. Yard Sale

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    My bad, you were asking about retrofitting the 2018 e-start and I stupidly assumed you were asking about the bike as a trail bike.

    It's just a Pro engine so I'll bet the parts would fit. They offer an e-start kit for their enduro model so maybe they'll offer a kit for their trials models. It makes me wonder where they put the battery.