Geoff Aaron reveals 2017 / 2018 Gas Gas models

(Arthur Pappas) #1

Back from the dead. Will be interesting to see how things play out for them. I did not expect to see them equipped with Zokes considering Marzocchi bailed recently.

(Arthur Pappas) #2

The 2018 GasGas bikes look pretty sweet. Hard to believe their claims of losing 25 lbs and gaining 10 hp, but I guess we'll have to wait to see. KYB replaces the 'zokes on their bread n butter EC line and also their new GNCC bikes.

(Bryon Enns) #3

Ya, I guess FMF took out the lead brick in the old bikes exhaust system, eh. I still remember riding Roger's old Gas Gas 300. Very nice motor but suspension, meh. These new bikes could be contenders.

(Clayton James William Walker) #4

Considering that these bikes were slightly heavier than a KLX 650 and slightly less powered than an RM50. The engineers prolly had an easy time scrubbing 25 lbs and 10 HP.

If they were really doing their job they would've lost 50 lbs and gained 25 horse power to get them close to Husaberg power and lightness.

(Arthur Pappas) #5

@Clayx That might be so. However, and unlike KTM/Husky, when these bikes are released I doubt the Internet forums will be set ablaze with "shitty KYB suspension" tales! :innocent:

(Clayton James William Walker) #6

No one in the gheir right mind is going to spend 10g+++ on a gas gas

(Arthur Pappas) #7

Why not? That would be $1K less than a Husky.

(Clayton James William Walker) #8

That's because they aren't as good . Like a Beta or a Yamaha or a Sherco or a trials bike.

(Arthur Pappas) #9

May is a busy month with both Gas Gas and KTM releasing new models.

Interesting to see what the feedback will be on the Gas Gas suspension:

48mm KYB front fork with Air/Oil separation and KYB rear shock take care of suspension.

(Clayton James William Walker) #10

Did ktm buy up Gas Gas and now they have a red ktm with kyb Forks? Sure looks like it.

(Arthur Pappas) #11

Yeah, but wouldn't a KTM with KYB suspension be something special, eh?

(Clayton James William Walker) #12

No it would just be an orange yamaha that's actually red.

(Clayton James William Walker) #13

I thought this guy was a monster truck driver.

(Arthur Pappas) #14

The new Gas Gas bikes look pretty good -- much like a red KTM in my opinion, but still good looking nonetheless!

(Arthur Pappas) #15

Nothin but good things from the press regarding the 2018 Gassers, especially the engine and suspension.

Here's one of numerous write-ups that have appeared over the last coupla days:

Simply put the suspension was excellent. So good that we didn’t feel the need to adjust anything, not even mess with the sag and we were splitting riding time between at least five different bikes. The biggest surprise was in the ability of the bike to be very supple on the small bumps and when settling in the turns, then have the bottoming control to really hit ditches or jump landings without any worry. It has a very progressive feel to it with way above average bottoming resistance. This performance is right up there with anything we have ridden but of course some back-to-back testing on more familiar terrain is what will really tell the tale. Of note is that there is no difference in the suspension between the EC and XC bikes nor did we feel like there would need to be based on how well it worked. The handling has the bike wanting to follow the front wheel with a planted stability, so the turning was confidence inspiring.