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Motorcycles 2021 GasGas MC 250F

23:46  26 february  2021
23:46  26 february  2021 Source:   motorcyclistonline.com

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Ups

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  • Another viable addition to the competitive 250 four-stroke market

  • User-friendly engine

  • Light-feeling chassis with its mixture of KTM/Husqvarna/GasGas components

  • A slightly lower-than-average price tag in the class

  • Very good bottoming resistance

Downs

  • OK low-rpm recovery, which could be improved by installing the optional ventilated airbox cover that comes with the KTM 250 SX-F

  • Brembo hydraulic clutch could use more feel at the lever

Verdict

Similar to KTM and Husqvarna, the GasGas MC 250F provides a premium package but a lower-than-average price.

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Overview

The 2021 GasGas MC 250F tallies in as the third 250 motocrosser under the KTM/Husqvarna/GasGas umbrella and is the first-ever production 250 four-stroke MXer for GasGas. Although similar to the KTM 250 SX-F and Husqvarna FC 250, the MC 250F does have characteristics that set it apart: forged triple clamps, a header pipe free of a resonance chamber, and Maxxis MX-ST tires are the main component differences of the red machine over its Austrian counterparts. Also, the MC 250F does not come with the map/traction control switch that is a standard feature on the 250 SX-F and FC 250.

Updates for 2021

This is a new 250 motocrosser for GasGas, and as such, there aren’t “upgrades” per se. The whole machine is new.

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Pricing and Variants

With a price tag of $8,499, the GasGas MC 250F is $800 and $900 cheaper than the KTM and Husqvarna, respectively, and is priced only $200 more than Yamaha’s YZ250F and Kawasaki’s KX250, $500 more than Honda’s CRF250R, and $600 more than Suzuki’s RM-Z250.

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 250cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine delivers smooth, steadily building power, but does not have as much over-rev as KTM’s 250 SX-F, we reported in our first ride review. “The engine has a nice light feeling, the throttle response is good, and the mapping seems to run clean.”

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Handling

Combining chassis elements like the frame and subframe from KTM, swingarm from Husqvarna, and GasGas-specific WP suspension settings, the result is a very light and nimble chassis. Stiffening the suspension could provide a better feel in the initial part of the stroke in our test rider’s opinion, but bottoming resistance is very good right out of the box.

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Brakes

Up-spec Brembo calipers assist in stopping the MC 250F. The front disc is 260mm in diameter and the rear disc is 220mm.

Fuel Economy and Real-world MPG

Average mpg is currently unavailable for this model, however, the 1.8-gallon fuel tank does place it in the larger-capacity realm for the class. KTM and Husqvarna, as one would expect, have the same tank size, but Yamaha, Honda, and Kawasaki offer 1.6-gallon capacities with the Suzuki at 1.7 gallons.

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Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

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Again, GasGas pulls features from KTM, more specifically with the same brakes, footpegs, levers, and controls as well as a similarly shaped Neken handlebar.

Electronics

The MC 250F’s electronics include a Keihin EMS and an electric starter that is powered by a lithium-ion battery. GasGas does not offer a handlebar-mounted map/traction control switch in stock trim on its 250 four-stroke motocrosser, but the component can be purchased from GasGas Technical Accessories for approximately $169.

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Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Warranty coverage is 30 days from date of purchase.

Quality

The GasGas is a premium motorcycle with KTM and Husqvarna features, but comes at a lower price, leaving room in the budget for accessories such as the map switch if one desires.

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2021 GasGas MC 250F Claimed Specifications

MSRP: $8,499
Engine: 250cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 52.3mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 5-speed/chain
Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection w/ 44mm throttle body
Clutch: Wet, multiple disc
Engine Management/Ignition: Keihin EMS
Frame: Steel central double cradle
Front Suspension: 48mm WP Xact fork, air pressure, compression damping, and rebound damping adjustable; 12.2 in. travel
Rear Suspension: WP Xact shock, fully adjustable; 11.8 in. travel
Front Brake: Brembo 2-piston caliper, 260mm disc
Rear Brake: Brembo 1-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Wheels, Front/Rear: Spoked wheels
Tires, Front/Rear: N/A
Rake/Trail: 26.1°/N/A
Wheelbase: 58.5 in.
Ground Clearance: 14.6 in.
Seat Height: 37.4 in.
Fuel Capacity: 1.8 gal.
Wet Weight: 218 lb. (w/ all fluids except fuel)
Contact: gasgas.com

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