Motorcycles 2021 GasGas MC 250F
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An identical bike to last year slips one position in the overall rankings.2021 Honda CRF250R Engine
Another viable addition to the competitive 250 four-stroke market
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
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
Similar to KTM and Husqvarna, the GasGas MC 250F provides a premium package but a lower-than-average price.
Best Motocross Bike 3rd Place—2021 Husqvarna FC 250
The more mild-mannered Austrian 250 four-stroke motocrosser2021 Husqvarna FC 250 Engine
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.
2020 250 Four-Stroke Motocross Bike Comparison
The 2020 250 four-stroke motocross shootout.We took delivery of each motorcycle and installed Factory Effex preprinted number plate backgrounds, then mounted Dunlop D404 street tires on the rear wheels for runs on our Dynojet dyno. Afterward, we switched to Dunlop MX33 soft-to-intermediate-terrain tires front and rear to ensure consistency in traction among the six competitors through the duration of the test. We then weighed each bike with a full tank of fuel and measured the seat heights.
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. “The engine has a nice light feeling, the throttle response is good, and the mapping seems to run clean.”
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.
2021 Husqvarna FC 250 Dyno Test
Horsepower and torque figures on Husqvarna’s 250 four-stroke motocrosserAs it has in years past, the Husqvarna FC 250 features one of the best engines in the 250 four-stroke motocross bike segment for 2021. It is a little bit smoother throughout the rpm range than the 2021 KTM 250 SX-F, which largely has to do with its airbox receiving less airflow than its orange counterpart. Although the FC 250 comes with an optional ventilated airbox cover, its six slit-shaped vents aren’t as large or as plentiful as the 10 perforations on the 250 SX-F’s.
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.
Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility
Again, GasGas pulls features from KTM, more specifically with the same brakes, footpegs, levers, and controls as well as a similarly shaped Neken handlebar.
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.
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.
2021 GasGas MC 250F Claimed Specifications
|Engine:||250cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke|
|Bore x Stroke:||78.0 x 52.3mm|
|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|
|Ground Clearance:||14.6 in.|
|Seat Height:||37.4 in.|
|Fuel Capacity:||1.8 gal.|
|Wet Weight:||218 lb. (w/ all fluids except fuel)|
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