2004 Gas Gas ATV Lineup

2004 Gas Gas ATV's

Nov. 01, 2003 By Colby Turner
This year's 2004' Gas Gas Dealers Convention was held in beautiful Prescott Arizona. In attendance were dealers from New York to California. Saturday kicked things off with meetings consisting of after-market part demos, product updates, and new product unveiling. Juan Romero CEO of Gas Gas Motors of America, put on a first rate show. I had time to speak with Juan and took note of a few things he had to say. The most important of which, Gas Gas's philosophy in the production of their high performance quads. On that topic Juan had this to say. "We at Gas Gas did not want to go out and reinvent the wheel. We simply took what we felt were the highest quality of parts and technology and combined them with what we already do well. We feel that the end result speaks for itself." Sundays test ride would attest to that.

For test riding Gas Gas chose to use the Alto Pit OHV area just outside of Prescott. This made for an extremely technical ride with rocky hills, tight woods, g-outs and one deep whoop section. Both Gas Gas quads come standard at 52" wide and that could have spelled doom for the Spanish company, had they been constructed of lesser quality. My first test ride would be on the all new four stroke 450 quad followed by the two stroke 300 quad.

Handling: On the 450 as well as the 300 the steering was very tight. It was the general consensus that with some minor changes, there could prove significant performance increases. Even at 52" the two quads stayed on track through the tight woods sections. In fact it made one wonder how well they might handle with the shorter a-arms mounted on.

Suspension: Given the wide range of riders showing up to test ride, the high performance Ohlins shocks where probably set for a rider in the 200lb range with and average riding ability. But even with a 150lb Pro they handled very well in every area except in the deep, choppy whoops. With the proper adjustments both the 450 and the 300 should pound through similar scenarios.

Motor: I'll start with good. The 300cc two-stroke has the most useable power I have ever experienced on a production performance two-stoke. The jetting was slightly off due to the high elevation, but still performed well. The 450 fuel-injected motor was superb. It had terrific torque, a wide power-band, and was overall very comfortable. The only bad thing I have to say about the quads would be that the 300 just doesn't have the torque that the 450 has (duh). I would like to add that trails were very gravelly and I would have loved to see what these quads could with some better traction.

Pros & Cons: The weight for Pro level racing will need to be addressed, but I could see areas to drop some lbs. The 450 and the 300 come race ready with every thing you could ask for. The price tag is significant $7,895 for the 300 and $8,795 for the 450. However, if you were to compare the new Yamaha 450 and Honda 450. Both of which are in the upper six grand area. I believe the three are comparable. Neither the Yamaha nor the Honda are fuel injected and for motor-cross or desert you'll have to buy a-arms, axles and more than likely three new shock absorbers (if you want Ohlins quality). Finally, the Gas Gas Quads come standard with a chrome anti-vibe steering stem, nerf-bars with extra large foot-pegs, Pro-Design kill switch, and complete aluminum skid plate protection.

Colby Turner
Off-Road.com columnist/Professional Racer


Contact Information

Gas Gas
P.O. Box 6157
Palm Harbor, FL 34684-0757
813-818-9535 FAX


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