Is the GasGas worth $800 more than the KTM?

LawManNv

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I have been searching the net for the past week looking for info on GasGas motorcycles. Everything I've read has been very positive. There is a dealer about a hour away who is going to let me ride a '00 EC250 this Sunday. He is asking $6100 for a '01 XC250 which will be in this month. But, I found a KTM dealer in California that is selling 250EXC's for $5299. Has anyone ridden both of these or similar models and what would justify the higher cost of the GasGas. Thanks in advance for any replies.

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this has been asked tons on here, I think the real main differences are that the Gasgas has a smoother motor over the ktm. Does have slightly sharper handling. And the hydrualic clutch isn't as stiff. ktm is mass produced, the gasgas is hand built. Either bike your gonna love, the gasgas is just alittle more friendly.
 

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Mr. WR will beat me up for this, but here goes. Not just NO, but HELL NO!

Lawman NV - are you aware that KTM has a financing plan available 3/1 - 8/31 that allows no down payment no interest for 3 months?

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If it fits you better and gives you more confidence, YES. I've owned KTMs, but could never get comfortable enough on them. The GG fits me like a glove. If you're under 6', you will probably like the GG frame ergonomics better. They also steer faster and have better stability(no headshake) at the same time. I speak from experience in east coast riding, but for desert use in NV I can't comment.

Both bikes have their quirks. The GG appears slightly rougher on the surface because its hand made in smaller quantities, but materials are top notch and the bikes are very fast, smooth, and reliable. Even though the GasGas is more $$, the parts are generally cheaper than KTM, for some items almost half the cost.

Try to test ride each in your terrain if you can. There is no bad choice.

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Is this an apples-to-apples comparison? If you're comparing the same model years, you should investigate whether the quoted prices are all-in, i.e. do both prices include or exclude freight, bike prep, taxes, registration (if necessary), etc.

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LawMnNv,
If your looking for a 300 give Dan @Modesto GasGas a call. He has a 300 sitting on the floor. If your looking at that 00 EC250 in Tahoe, I hear that bike has about 5 hours on it and IS VERY CLEAN.
If you have not called Jim @ Smackover then you need to do so! Talk to Jim and see what kind of a deal you can workout with shipping included.

I am totally happy with my GasGas. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat! In fact I'm looking for an 01 125!

Strick, no worries we all have brain farts now and then



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Consider that the GasGas comes stock with an FMF Gnarly pipe and Spark arrestor or silencer, Olins shock, Boysen rad valve, six speed transmission and quality handlebars.Not to mention all the people who will want to talk to you about the bike every time you go out.
 

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KTM comes with quality chrome pipe, spark arrestor linkless PDS, quality rads, quality handlebars with 4 positions, clear tank and almost everytime I venture out someone wants to know how I like it.


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OK Time to put the boxing gloves on
 
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Originally posted by Offroadr:
OK Time to put the boxing gloves on
Yup. To add fuel to the fire... orange is much cooler than red. Red is just so... so... Honda. And yellow is, well you know.


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I've never heard of the "Quality Chrome" pipe company.Are they located in Texas?
 
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*william*

Ahh, yes, you recently jump ship from the yellow bike to an orange bike...... Congrads

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Kali -- You go girl!! (and Gas Gas doesn't have your initials)


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