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2021 GASGAS Models – Component Spec & Pricing

2 months ago | Words: Andy Wigan | Photos: GASGAS Motorcycles

A year ago, shortly after KTM Industries AG (which is now called Pierer Mobility AG) announced that it had struck a deal with the owners of GASGAS Motorcycles, we posted an article about the yet-to-be produced Austrian-made GASGAS machines. Called “2021 GASGAS Models: A GuessGuess”, that piece took an educated guess at what the new-look GASGAS machines would look like, based on the information KTM had revealed about how this “third brand” would be pitched as a fun and approachable launch pad into the performance off-road motorcycle world”, and other scant information about the bikes’ component spec that’d allow the KTM Group to sell the things cheaper than their KTM and Husky counterparts.

Funnily enough, we were pretty close to the mark with our guesswork. But now that we’ve seen the bikes in the flesh and ridden them at GASGAS’s recent Australian media launch, we can offer a more detailed insight into how the component spec differs between GASGAS and KTM, and the price differentials between the two brands for 2021.

As you’ll see from the pricing table below, the 2021 GASGAS enduro models are between $900 and $1100 cheaper than their KTM equivalents, while Gasser’s MX models are between $100 and $800 cheaper, depending on the model. Compared with their Husqvarna equivalents, the 2021 GASGAS enduro models are between $1500 and $1700 cheaper, while the Gassers’ MX models are between $300 and $1000 cheaper, depending on the model.

But let’s take a closer look at how the componentry differs between the 2021 GASGAS machines and their KTM counterparts – for both MX and enduro models – bearing in mind that all GASGAS models share KTM’s major engine, chassis and suspension components.

THE MX MODELS…

  • The bodywork – all plastic panels use a distinctively different shape and colour, and get unique graphics.
  • Fuel tank – small differences to accommodate the different radiator shrouds.
  • Wheels – GASGAS uses lower-spec Excel rims, and they’re silver (not black).
  • Tyres – Maxxis hoops, as opposed to the Dunlop rubber that comes on the KTM MXers.
  • Neken handlebars – they’re a lower bend than what’s used on the Katos.
  • Triple clamps – they’re cast, unlike the black-anodised billet clamps found on the KTMs.
  • Exhaust – there’s no resonating chamber on the header pipe.
  • No map-selector switch.
  • Connectivity Unit compatibility is still TBA.

Interestingly, GASGAS’s MX models use a Husqvarna swingarm, mated with a KTM rising-rate linkage. The seat is a KTM unit, albeit with a different-textured red seat cover.


THE ENDURO MODELS…

  • The bodywork – all plastic panels use a distinctively different shape and colour, and get unique graphics.
  • Fuel tank – small differences to accommodate the different radiator shrouds.
  • Wheels – GASGAS uses lower-spec Excel rims, and they’re silver (not black).
  • Hydraulics – GASGAS uses Braktec brakes (front and rear) and clutch, as opposed to the Brembo hydraulics found on the KTMs (and Magura hydraulics on Husky enduro models).
  • Shock linkage – GASGAS runs a rising-rate linkage (off KTM’s MX models), as opposed to the no-linkage PDS design used on KTM’s enduro models.
  • Tyres – the Maxxis hoops on the Gassers are slightly different to the Maxxis hoops that come on the KTMs
  • Neken handlebars – they’re a lower bend than what’s used on the Katos.
  • No tool-free fork cap preload adjuster.
  • No hand guards as standard equipment.

As with the MX bikes, GASGAS’s enduro models run a Husqvarna swingarm, mated with a KTM rising-rate linkage (MX-spec). Again, the seat is a KTM unit, albeit with a different-textured red seat cover.

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