2012 Gas Gas XC 250

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2012 Gas Gas XC 250

Model Overview:

2012 XC 250

Bodystyle Off-Road
Warranty N/A months
Manufacturer Country Spain
Introduction Year 2012
Displacement (cc) 249.3
Engine Type Single-Cylinder
Nextstep Bg

2012 Gas Gas XC 250


For 2012, the Spanish motorcycle manufacture, Gas Gas, has introduced a new line of Enduro bikes in the Gas Gas XC line. The 2012 Gas Gas bikes have a new design due to a new frame and subframe, but continue with two-stroke engines found on the previous models. These Enduro bikes have been a staple of the off-road racing scene, but remain relatively unknown on the streets of the U.S.

While Gas Gas is calling the 2012 Gas Gas XC an all-new bike, it is fact the old engine housed in a brand new body. The new subframe is made from state-of-the-art three component polymer and is almost all plastic. It also incorporates the airbox in one piece, and is designed to allow a cartridge-style filter in the future. The new frame is made from chromoly steel and looks significantly larger, as well as being more rigid.

The use of the almost completely plastic subframe means that the overall weight of the 2012 Gas Gas XC has been kept down. In fact, the bike is actually 4.4 lbs lighter than the previous version. The lighter weight of the Enduro bike means that rider fatigue is also reduced. This allows for longer riding, as well as the ability to maintain the bike at a higher speed for longer times when racing.

While the engine has remained the same in the 2012 Gas Gas XC, the manufacturer has redesigned the clutch. The new design provides an improved and increase oil flow to the clutch. As a result, the designers were able to install lighter springs, which in turn make the clutch that much easier to manipulate by riders as they cycle through the six-speed transmission while riding.

The 2012 Gas Gas XC bikes may not be especially fast, but they were designed to be ridden in almost any conditions. The suspension and light weight of these Enduro bikes mean that they handle superbly, particularly in the tight conditions found on the trail. The downside is that the power provided by the engines of the 2012 Gas Gas bikes is basically enough to the get the job down, and some riders will be disappointed with the bikes’ performance over open spaces. It can also struggle when trying to mount steeper hills.

New For 2012
  • The chromoly frame has been redesigned so that it is more rigid and the bike is more stable, but agility hasn’t been lost.
  • The new subframe is built from state-of-the-art three component polymer making the bike stronger while keeping weight down.
  • The capacity of the new fuel tank means that the 2012 Gas Gas XC can carry 15 percent more fuel to increase riding time.
  • The clutch has a new design so that oil flow is improved and lubrication, cooling, and fade resistance is enhanced.
  • The new frame and subframe has lead to the overall weight of the 2012 Gas Gas XC being reduced by 4.4 lbs to reduce rider fatigue.

2012 Gas Gas XC Specs

  • Model: XC 200; XC 250; XC 300
  • Engine Type: 199cc, single-cylinder two-stroke, liquid cooled; 249cc, single-cylinder two-stroke, liquid cooled; 299cc, single-cylinder two-stroke, liquid cooled
  • Bore and Stroke: 66.4 x 72 mm; 72.5 x 72.5 mm
  • Compression ratio:
  • Valve Train: N/A
  • Induction: N/A
  • Ignition: N/A
  • Transmission: Six speed
  • Final Drive: N/A
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.9 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy:
  • Brakes (Front): 260 mm wave floating, two-piston caliper
  • Brakes (Rear): 220 mm wave disc, one-piston caliper
  • Suspension (Front): 48 mm Marzocchi (Closed Chamber)
  • Suspension (Rear): 888 Ohlins shock
  • Wheelbase: 58.1 inches
  • Rake: N/A
  • Trail: N/A
  • Seat Height: 37.8 inches
  • Curb Weight: 225 lbs
  • Tires (Front): 90/90 – 21
  • Tires (Rear): 40/80 – 18


  • An extended range gas tank and seat combination provides two extra gallons of fuel and a seat height of 32 inches to provide additional range and comfort for longer rides.
  • To lengthen the life of the bike, an engine / radiator cover blocks mud from the radiator causing the engine to run cooler, as well as keeping the dirtbike lighter as mud is not gathering.
  • Heavier Marzocchi forks and shock springs can replace the standard forks and springs, making them stiffer.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Gas Gas XC

  • 2012 BETA 350 RR
  • 2012 Husqvarna WR
  • 2012 KTM 250/250 XC

Available XC Sub Models

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