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125cc two stroke 9 2.26%
200cc two stroke 44 11.03%
250cc two stroke 105 26.32%
300cc two stroke 221 55.39%
450cc four stroke 20 5.01%
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:48 AM
kendunn kendunn is offline
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I ride an 06 DE300. My son has an 03 EC250, the 250 feels totally different than my 300. If you are a roost/full lock up/roost and repeat rider the 250 might be better. The 300 is a lot easier to ride slow, but still will rock and roll when needed. The set up I am riding now is the 300 with a trials tire. Its funny, I am riding now with a guy on a KTM 450EXC w/ knobbie, races GNCC, and he takes off like a bat outa hell, ripping and tearing, and here I come "" but totally in control. He looks worlds faster, until he is picking his bike up dragging it back up the hill and I have to stop and wait on him. I am old enough to be his dad, BTW.

There is this one little off camber hill that seems like I am the only one that can get up. I can't even ride my sons 250 up it, it spins out. I took my KTM friend over it last weekend and I looked back and he was pushing his up it. I just creep up it, barley fast enough to keep from stalling, and it goes right on every time. He has commented how he can't believe how I can lug the bike down to nothing and keep on going, where we ride (rough single track that is just ridden by a couple of people) that can be a huge advantage. I swear I have heard the 300 go totally silent before and then it take right back off going UP a nasty rutted and rocky hill.

Bottom line, if the trails you ride keep you in 3rd and 4th gear, get the 250. If you ride in 1st and 2nd, get the 300. If you ride in 5th and 6th get an XR650R!!!!

2006 EC300, 2000 XR650R, 2003 EC250, 2001 EC200 (OK, the last two are really my sons).

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Old 11-09-2010, 12:08 PM
speeddemon speeddemon is offline
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I have ridden a GG 250 2 stroke, a GG 250 4 stroke and i own a GG Halley 450 (fsr 450 engine, shorter suspension (seat height 89 cm), lesser quality brake components). To be quite honest the 250 2 stroke scared the shit out of me . The 250 4 stroke was an easy ride for me but didn't have enough torque at low rpm to really enjoy myself. I love my 450 Halley because it has a strong and very torquey engine and because it's a good bike for a shortie like me who would otherwise had to buy something like a Beta Alp 4.0, kawasaki KLX 250, yamaha XT 500... Since i have had 2 1000cc +140 hp road bikes something with less then 0,3 hp per kg doesn't excite me anymore. In the future i want to test a GG 200 2 stroke because i think that would be my ideal 2 stroke engine size.
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:03 AM
gettintall gettintall is offline
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Default 1999 xc250

Been riding for the better part of 40 years and the gas gas is the funnest,has the highest grin factor of any bike I have ever rode.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by kendunn View Post
I swear I have heard the 300 go totally silent before and then it take right back off going UP a nasty rutted and rocky hill.!
WHAT HE SAID!!! If that quote's not a script for a gas gas commercial - I dont know what is!
BTW I ride a 05' 300 and just bought my son a "as new" 02 250cx
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:10 PM
Tlineman Tlineman is offline
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I've ridden Yamaha's since 2000, owning a YZ426, a WR250F, a WR450 and two YZ250's. The safest bike I've ever ridden was the 250F. I'd wear out front tires faster than backs and never had the out of control type of crashes. The 426 and 450 were animals, I'll never own a big bore 4 stroke again. The 250 2 stk's were weapons, super reliable, tough and extremely low on maintenance.

With my last YZ250 being flat out worn out, I decided to try out a true European Off Road Bike, a GG 300EC. I've only got roughly 5 hrs on the bike so far, but the motor is what has impressed me most. You can climb hills at 1/4 throttle. I could do this on my YZ too, at 1/2 throttle giving the clutch a work out but this 300 is amazing. So far I'm less than impressed with the suspension. I find it deflects like a bouncy ball in a pin ball alley, but perhaps its still breaking in. Time will tell and hopefully I don't have to invest too much into the suspension, but motor wise, I think I'm in love.

BTW, I'm a 215lb in street clothes midpack AA rider.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:22 AM
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Thumbs up

From the factory, the gassers' suspension is generally set up for 170# riders.
At 215#, you will need to at least put in new springs to match your weight.
(Ask someone else who is a better suspension tuner, but probably .44 rate fork springs and 5.4 shock spring. You might even need one rate stiffer springs.)
On my 2006 DE300, I think that I have .46 and 5.6 springs, front and rear. The rear was that stiff, stock, because I have the MX rear shock.

Good Luck and Good Riding!

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Smackover Racing
'11 Gas Gas EC250 (primary ride)
'06 Gas Gas DE300
'94 Husaberg FE350
'86 Yamaha IT200 AHRMA CC Race bike
Several others, including project bikes, Deb's bike, and a fleet of grandkids' bikes

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Old 05-23-2011, 10:13 AM
southbound southbound is offline
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How about more people chime in on this one. I'm in the market for a 2012 GG and cannot decide on the 250 or the 300. I have not ridden the 250, but did ride a few sections on a 2011 300.

I'm 5'5", 155 pounds, and ride/race expert. The area where we ride is mostly 1-3rd gear, roots, rocks, and steep elevation changes.

I'm a lugger, rarely getting on the pipe. I like to run a gear high and steer with the foot pegs through the trees.

I currently ride a KTM 200 and a YZ250 2T.
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Old 05-23-2011, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by southbound View Post

I'm a lugger, rarely getting on the pipe. I like to run a gear high and steer with the foot pegs through the trees.
That right there says it all...get a 300 cuz they're a tractor down low but can still rip pretty good.
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:51 PM
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I had an EC250 and now a DE300.

The EC250 is an awesome bike, but it is a goin' machine! It has a good amount of get up and go, but it a lot of fun. It revs quicker than the 300.

The 300 is somewhat of a "docile" machine, if that is possible with a 300cc 2-stroke. It has so much great, useable bottom end and the delivery is linear with no surprises.

I find the 300 easier to ride in technical terrain and if you ride a gear high, there is no better bike IMO.

BTW, I also have had a Yamaha WR250f and WR450f and agree with Tlineman that I will never go with a 450 thumper again. I acutally liked the 250 thumper, but the Gasser 300 is just plain awesome!
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:16 PM
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I like the EC300 because I have short arms and I am trying to make them longer.
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