JULY 2021

MOTORCYCLE TIMES FEATURES JULY 2021


GASGAS EXPANDS DIRT BIKE LINEUP FOR 2022


Motocross, enduro and cross-country machinery will be joined by four all-new models for 2022 to deliver a 17-bike-strong GASGAS offroad range
MURRIETA, Calif. – Let’s get on the gas! GASGAS Motorcycles North America is pleased to introduce the 2022 range of motocross, enduro and cross-country models. We’re super-proud of the bikes we launched just under a year ago, but we’re going a little bigger for 2022, adding four new machines to ensure we offer the most comprehensive dirt bike line-up there is! From the new MC 250, EX 250 and EC 250 screaming 2-strokes to the best-of-both-worlds MC 350F grunting 4-stroke, the GASGAS model range has never looked – or sounded – so good.
GASGAS Motorcycles launch 17-bike 2022 model range
Four all-new models join the motocross, cross-country and enduro lineup
Extensive range of Technical Accessories and Apparel
Ensuring all bikes deliver vibrant styling, the latest technology and ease-of-use, we’ve established a 17-bike-strong range of no-nonsense, user-friendly, performance offroad motorcycles. All benefiting from the group’s robust, high-performance technical base, each one of our bikes embraces a distinct Spanish style as we continue to celebrate the rich and proud heritage GASGAS has in trial competition and offroad racing. The best way to celebrate this heritage, of course, is to build on this base with new models, new titles and new riders.

Motocross
Delivering on our plan to bring fresh energy to the MX scene, and with a coveted AMA 450SX race-win now under our belt, it was time to expand the line! The MC range now includes the highly-requested, all-new MC 250 2-stroke and MC 350F 4-stroke machines. The new MC 250 delivers everything 2-stroke lovers need to race or play and, most importantly, enjoy a dirt-ripping, heart-pumping ride. Turn to the new MC 350F to strike the perfect balance between motor and mobility, while play-riding or riding to win. Now boasting an even more complete range of motocross bikes, our no-nonsense approach to performance means all of our models deliver proven technology, vibrant styling and an overall simplicity that invites riders of all types to unite in the dirt. Enjoying fun-filled muddy weekends riding and racing with friends is what our MC 125, MC 250, MC 250F, MC 350F and MC 450F motocross bikes are all about.

Minis
We want to make sure kids have fun too! Focused on bringing new riders into the offroad world, our model range features four GASGAS minis, designed for kids ages four to 15 years. With three high-revving, fun-filled 2-strokes, our MC 50, MC 65 and MC 85 allow riders to unite in the dirt, confident of having the very best bikes. To keep young riders’ confidence high, the MC 85 is available in either a 19/16 or 17/14 wheel combination. Our all-electric MC-E 5 is super quiet and super fun – a fully-fledged, quick-charging competition bike that’s perfect for beginner all the way to advanced riders, while benefitting from zero emissions and almost zero sound. The GASGAS mini range ensures no-nonsense performance bikes that are built to excite and encourage youngsters to develop new skills.

Enduro
True to the brand’s enduro heritage, the EC 300 can now count the new EC 250 as a quick-revving, nimble stablemate. The halo EC 300 delivers the unmatched thrill of offroad riding like no other, while the EC 250 is the easy-to-ride, easy-to-race middleweight that you can trust to provide torque and high-revving fun in ample supply. Enduro is at the heart of GASGAS. That’s why our EC 250 and EC 300 focus on ensuring fun and putting a serious enduro bike into the hands of riders who love offroad racing. Our competition 2-strokes feature the latest technology and celebrate our unique Spanish heritage and enduro know-how. Utilizing a well-proven performance platform, our enduro bikes are all about pure riding enjoyment.

Cross-Country
GASGAS motorcycles aren’t about compromises or limits. We want to deliver exactly what you need to tackle any terrain with ease and smiles. Our dedicated cross-country models clearly illustrate this approach, and sit shoulder-to-shoulder with our MC and EC models to offer playful, energetic offroad performance that meets the needs of woods racers of all stripes. To fill out the ranks of this dirt-ripping cross-country collection, the comprehensive model range has added the EX 250 quarter-liter 2-stroke to provide offroad riders and racers with a flickable, high-revving cross-country screamer. Get ready to own the woods!

Technical Accessories and Apparel
To get the most out of our exciting lineup of performance offroad bikes, we also offer a full range of GASGAS Technical Accessories and Apparel. Great looking gear that delivers protection, comfort and style, we’ve got motocross, enduro, trials, cross-country and mini riders and racers covered! For those looking to protect, improve and customize their MC, EC, EX or TXT machines, our extensive range of Technical Accessories includes just about everything needed, from wheels to exhaust systems, triple clamps to hand guards.

The 2022 GASGAS motocross, enduro and cross-country models will begin arriving at authorized GASGAS dealers from August 2021 onward. Look for the MC 250, MC 350F and MC 85 17/14 to hit dealer floors this October.

For more information on our exhilarating lineup of 2022 offroad motorcycles, visit www.gasgas.com/en-us.


A SINGLE HANDED STORY

Editor’s Note: sometimes the submissions we receive are not accompanied by illustrative photographs. This is quite a handicap to a story today, and makes it less likely to get published. However, sometimes the writing is good enough on it’s own that there is no handicap. Speaking of handicap…read on.

The concept of restoration is a bit lost on the population of Tbilisi. This isn’t to say that they don’t repair things, but the repairs are only for keeping something alive and going. It’s rarely done for any aesthetic purpose.

I drive an old Ducati. Well, it’s not that old, but it’s certainly seen a rough life, as most things in this part of the world do. It hasn’t been easy to restore it here, as few people really get it.

There’s a motorcycle shop that I go to when I need something more serious done that I can’t tackle in my alley with a toolbox. The guy who owns it is named Dima. He’s a Russian man with a lazy eye and a good sense of humor. The workers at the shop are hit or miss with their quality, but I still go to his shop because he’s a good guy.

It was a hot day out, and there were a bunch of bikes in the driveway. The weather was prime for motorcycle travelers, and everyone was trying to get their bikes prepped for some summertime adventures.

I knew from the scene that I would be there all day.

I milled about and struck up casual conversations with other riders. Eventually, the workers rolled my bike into the shop. Dima walked over to confirm all the things I wanted to have done.

While we were standing there, an older Kawasaki Ninja with two passengers came screaming up the winding driveway. The man on the front appeared to have one of his arms in a sling. Just as I noticed his arm, he locked the rear tire and drifted the bike sideways into a parking spot.

That feat alone would have been enough to impress anyone standing around, but the fact that this guy had pulled it off with one hand and a passenger on the back sent the moment into legendary status.

I turned to Dima in disbelief, and I saw his mouth crack a small, knowing smile as the man on the back of the bike dismounted. To my further surprise, the man had two prosthetic arms.

As I stood there taking in the situation, Dima turned to me and said,

“Between the two of them, they only have one working hand. And yes, they both ride.”

“How on earth does the other dude manage?” I asked.

“I’ll show you his bike.”

We started walking towards the motorcycles in a line, ready to be picked up.

“This one right here,” he said, pointing at a brand-new Harley Davidson Electra Glide. It was jet black and fitted with a massive sound system. “It’s his new bike. We just got done fitting it with everything he needs to get around. It’s all custom.”

“How does it work? Is it automatic?”

“Nope, everything is designed to be done with the legs. The relocated clutch is pressed with his left knee, and both brakes are linked together to one pedal.”

“How does he accelerate?”

“That’s what the other pedal is for. All he has to do is sit on it.”

“So, what happened to them?” I asked as we started walking back.

“Completely separate circumstances,” Dima started. “The guy with the Kawasaki was born with a gimp hand. It’s completely useless, so he keeps it in the sling, so it doesn’t get in the way.”

“And the other?”

“I’m not sure, to be honest, but you can ask him. I have some paperwork I need to get back to.”

Dima stubbed out his cigarette and walked in the open office door.

I walked over to find the man texting, which he did by balancing the phone on one hand while he typed out the message with the other.

“Man, that’s a nice Harley you got.”

“Sure is,” he said with a smile.” I haven’t had it very long, but I’m excited to get on it today.

“Do you mind if I ask what happened?”

“Not at all. I lost my hands at age 3 when I tried to pick up a live wire on the ground. I’ve had plenty of time to get used to these,” he said, making a fist with his semi-robotic hands. “Can’t even remember what it was like before.”

The man told me about his constant fight to keep his rider’s license.

“I just show up to the courthouse on the bike, and well… you can’t argue with that.”

“Got any good trips planned?” I asked.

“Nothing in particular, just gonna hit the mountain roads. It’s great riding up north if you haven’t been.”

“I’ll have to check it out.”

The crew brought his bike to him, and he looked at it admiringly before he swung his leg over it.

“Nice talking to you,” He said, firing up the engine with a roar.

His friend mounted his Kawasaki and started it up.

The Harley’s sound system came to life and The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals blared throughout the parking lot.

The engines revved, and the Harley took the lead out of the parking lot, followed by the Kawasaki. With an air of swagger, the Kawasaki revved high and did a perfect sideways burnout down the driveway, like a scene out of an action movie.

I stood in silence for several minutes following that farewell. I remembered my grandfather, also an amputee. I wished with all my might that I could have shown this to him.

Dima walked back out.

“Pretty cool, right?” He said, pulling a smoke out of his pack.

“Incredible. You ever ride with those guys?”

“Oh yeah, a couple of times. I can’t keep up with them on the twisty roads, though. They are two of the best riders I have ever known.”


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