As everyone knows 2020-2021 was a year of surprise success in the motorcycle industry and with that came an insanely inflated used bike market and an expensive "no deals" new bike market. Several events led up to the purchasing of this new GASGAS but who cares lets talk about the bike.
As a 6'2 240lb off road B rider, I was stuck in a loop trying to figure out which 4 stroke would fit me the best, coming off a TX300 and not owning one in almost 4 years had clouded my mind. A few emails back in forth with Kris Keefer and riding a handful of friends bike I found myself driving to San Diego for a new GASGAS 350. With racing southern western US GP's in mind, a bike that was friendly into a solid 1 hour moto was the goal.
With the soft, yet still torquey low end power and the solid mid end hit that pulls for 15 days before you hit the rev limiter, its a rad bike. Think 250 2 stroke personality in a 4 stroke motor with some engine decel thrown in, you do have to work for the serious power, but it never lacks in that category nor will it bog off the face of a jump like your 2009 craigslist yz250 you got for 2200$ PRE COVID. Really happy with this bike so far around 10 hours in on it, as more time comes I'm sure more tweaks will come but KTM aka GASGAS nailed these bikes and its no surprise everyone is fighting in the dealer parking lots for them.