GasGas to Produce Naked Streetbikes and Adventure-Tourer
New models will be based on existing KTM bikes
A management presentation prepared by KTM‘s parent company Pierer Mobility reveals GasGas will introduce at least three streetbikes, including two 800-class models, a naked bike and an adventure-tourer, plus a 250-class naked bike.
When KTM bought a stake in GasGas back in September, the company said it would be expanding into new segments, particularly with four-stroke engines. Much like KTM did with Husqvarna, the new GasGas models will be developed from equivalent existing KTM models. Like Husqvarna, GasGas is known more for its off-road models. Where Husqvarna did have some streetbikes in the past, most notably the Terra and Strada models produced under BMW ownership, venturing into streetbikes is a bigger change for GasGas which is best known for its trials bikes.
According to the presentation, there are just three streetbikes planned at the moment, as shown in the graphic above. Though we can make out some details from the pictures, I’d hesitate to consider them to be anything more than just placeholders at the moment (likewise for the four-stroke dirt bikes which are clearly depicted with two-stroke expansion chambers).
The 250 model will likely share much of its DNA with the KTM 250 Duke, a Single-cylinder bike offered in India and other markets. There’s no mention of a GasGas version of the 390 Duke (or the expected twin-cylinder 490 Duke), so it remains to be seen if the GasGas 250 naked bike will be offered in North America or Europe.
The 800 models will similarly be based on the KTM Duke and Adventure, which are currently transitioning from 790 to 890 models.
Despite venturing into streetbikes, GasGas will continue to produce off-road models. The 450 and 350 displacements are new for GasGas but will be familiar to KTM and Husqvarna dirt riders. GasGas will also continue to produce electric youth models, including supermoto, enduro and trials bikes.
The management presentation does not provide any timeline on these new GasGas models, though we expect them to come sooner rather than later, thanks to the shared development with the KTM and Husqvarna brands.
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