GasGas is a renewed company with a renewed lineup. For 2021, it’s introducing 18 new models, most of which will be available in North America. It’s also putting together a very aggressive factory race program.
Historically, GasGas was based in Spain, mostly making enduro and trials bikes. After a period of financial instability, the company was gobbled up by the Pierer Group in the fall of 2019, joining KTM and Husqvarna under that umbrella. Now, it’s putting out a new line of bikes, including new motocrossers and cross-country machines, all based on engine designs sourced from KTM.
GasGas’s lineup starts with four kids’ bikes, including the MCE-5 ($4,849 US). This battery-powered minibike should look familiar; KTM and Husky have equivalents, with orange and white paint respectively. Same goes for pretty much the rest of the lineup; KTM has the two-stroke MC50, the MC65 and MC85 minis for kids learning the ropes (there’s no price listed yet for the 50; the MC65 is $4,849 US, the MC85 is $5,999 US).
Climbing a bit in size and pricing, the GasGas MC125 rounds out the two-stroke MX lineup, at $6,799 US. Then, GasGas has the MC250F (sort of a beginner-oriented MXer) for $8,499 US. The king of the lineup is the MX450F, an open-class motocrosser priced at $9,399 US.
Although GasGas hasn’t been a motocross company in the past, it’s obviously entering the scene in a big way, with all those new models. GasGas also plans to run a fully-supported team in the AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross Championships, in both the 250cc and 450cc divisions. Aggressive moves, indeed, especially when you see GasGas put together the Troy Lee Designs Red Bull GASGAS factory squad for this effort. Obviously, management is taking this US launch very seriously.
As you’d expect, the cross country bikes are very similar to the MX machines. GasGas has the EX250F (selling for $9,099 US) and the EX450F ($10,099 US), as well as an EX350F that splits the difference, offering a bump in power over the 250 but maintaining lightweight handling characteristics. Those are all four-stroke models, but GasGas also has the two-stroke EX300, if you want an all-rounder with lots of snappy braaaap. The 300 is selling for $9,599 US.
GasGas also plans to compete in cross country in the US for 2021, putting 10-time AMA National Trials champ Geoff Aaron in charge of the trials squad. He’ll also work with Barry Hawk on GasGas’s Coastal Factory team in the Grand National Cross Country series next year, and the AMA National Enduro series.
Speaking of which: Although GasGas has a four enduro machines in its lineup in Europe, it’s only bringing one of those bikes to North America. The US gets the EC300, with a $9,599 price tag. Obviously, this two-stroke is very similar to the EX300 cross-country bike. Like the EX300, and like other KTM and Husky two-strokes, this machine has EFI.
Finally, the trials line. This is one area where GasGas has always been strong, and in 2021, it’s selling four trials bikes in Europe, but only three of them are making it to the US. American buyers can choose from the TXT Racing 250, the TXT Racing 280 and the TXT Racing 300. Pricing starts at $7,599 US for the 250; the 280 is $7,799 and the 300 is $7,899.
For a more detailed look at each of these bike’s specs, features and of course, photos, you can click on the hyperlinks in the story above. Canadian riders are getting the same GasGas machines as the US market; for CAD pricing, visit the Canuckistanian website here.
So, this is the new GasGas. What does today’s announcement tell us about the company’s future?
At this point, GasGas’s pricing seems to be a little less than KTM’s MSRPs for similar machines. Does that mean the Pierer Group intends to turn this into a line of budget bikes? That’s hard to say, without getting some seat time on the bikes and examining the components in-person. They’ve signed up some top talent to race GasGas in the US this coming season, and remember Laia Sanz rode a GasGas at the 2020 Dakar Rally (really just a red-painted KTM, but still, she was repping the brand). It seems these bikes are all more-or-less based on their counterparts in the KTM line, and remember that GasGas’s old designs have already been sold off to Rieju.
Having said all that … the people at KTM are smart enough to know their bikes are very expensive toys, and it probably wouldn’t hurt to have lower-priced offroad machines to get buyers hooked. Maybe GasGas will continue to be produced in Europe, but with KTM’s extensive ties in China and India, it wouldn’t be shocking if some of these machines started being built there. To be clear, that’s speculation, but KTM is already working on plans for building other stuff overseas. It would be sensible if that was the plan for GasGas, offering a budget-friendly way to get Euro-designed offroaders to bring people over to the Pierer Group tent.