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2012 Gas Gas EC300 Race – Test

  2012 Gas Gas EC300 – First Ride

The New Gas Gas is here! In the this model is known as the We are testing the kickstart version.

on where you stand, people these Spanish made as either an enigma or a well secret. You do not see them every However, in some parts of the they have long a staple of the enduro racing

Among the converts, the Gassers been praised for their handling, particularly in tight The motors have always a nice balance between trail manners and full screamer.

The downside has been at times, the overall build has been a notch lower some of the other European They have been machines for riders who appreciate maintenance and attention to detail. such care, they can be dependable, as potential issues are in the bud.

For 2012, we have an new bike from the Girona The frame and subframe have rethought.  Here are  the

New steel perimeter frame

New subframe

New larger fuel

Redesigned bodywork

New lighting H4 bulb headlight, LED taillight and rear fender

Redesigned peg positions

48 mm Marzocchi closed fork with PFP valve


New design brake

Beefy plastic skid

New airbox design

Removal of spacer on 300cc models

New plastic side cover to oil flow to clutch

New Magura Hyd unit

New design shock

Here are some of the features carry over, similar to the EC300 Six Days that we last year:

Motor basically the same

Galfer Rotors

Nissin Brakes

Air  (but with redesigned 3 pin

Talon Sprockets

Stainless exhaust

FMF Q silencer

Renthal wall bars

Machined clamps

Ride Impression

I put three days of riding on the new in three different locations. ride time is 6 hours. (I decided that Enduro360 now include “hours ridden” in all to give you more information to the testing process). Our locations one day of mountain single-track terrain and two of motocross.

One day of moto was at traditional vet and the other at a big natural terrain GP course.

This is easily the Gasser ever! It still very much like a Gas It has the same distinct qualities the Spanish line has always

 It is perhaps a little more feeling than the old bike.  If I had to about it in terms  of direction, I say the new is more focused as a racer.

The layout of the new frame feels a larger. Honestly, the ergonomics to mimic the current KTM models closely. That means it a thumbs up from me. Adding to the feel is the new foot peg position. The are now slightly lower and rearward the old design.

That should eliminate all about difficult shifting. The pedal now snakes behind the rail, it should be much susceptible to damage than the old

From the first couple of I would have to rate the frame character as “aggressive”. The you use it, the better it works. Initially it stiff, but as the pace increases, the bike starts to feel Gas Gas has eliminated the traditional head

So they must have of confidence in the strength of the frame.

The closed cartridge Marzocchi is new to me. Like the frame, it started stiff. The action gets each ride. One of the unique of the fork is the PFP valve.

The overall design is similar to a Showa using a small secondary in the closed chamber. The PFP valve is an preload adjuster for this spring. I have just to play with the adjustments, so I have plenty of testing to do to out the range of performance.

In general, the feels similar to some of the generation WP twin chambers. The performance is good, but it has a couple of points. At times, it lacks a feel in technical terrain. it is just a little hard to get the moving, but once it does, the is good. On the biggest hits, it can through the … and bottom

I suspect it could use a little oil.

It worked best on the terrain motocross track, but was also the third day of riding, so I some of this to break in. It is very light, with .42 Technically, it should be excessively for my 200lb weight, but I am getting with it well.

Once I got the dialed in to where I could most of the jumps, it worked


In one section, the whoops would end the face of a jump. This was because the track was being run so some of the layout was not right. If I out of the whoops and hit the jump face the fork could bottom hard.

However, I also had the issue with the other I tested that day also.

The shock is great. There are no issues that I can find. with a 5.2 spring, it is set up very But I have just added a bit preload to get the ride height in the I have not had any bottoming issues and it very controlled on the track.

As for the new linkage, I really do not notice specific, it just works.

I think the suspension is on the right I plan to race the 300 next and I feel very confident it will do just fine for me. the chassis, it seems to work as the pace increases, it feels a race bike.

For those who have never the Gas Gas, I have to class the as something between an enduro and motocrosser. It is happy to chug as a 300 should. But it really comes in the mid to upper reaches of the powerband.

For test, we had the opportunity to run it side by with a 2012 KTM 300xcw, so sure and look at that for our quick comparison.

While the motor package has seen changes over the last few overall it remains very the same. It is a good basic and probably does not need to It still can run with the best of

The bikes have featured an map switch for a number of years. is the first year that I can tell a significant difference the high and low settings. The “cloudy” is richer, the “sunshine” is the leaner, aggressive setting.

On one of the ride I had another tester along. He is a class champion desert who only rides Hondas, a 450x model. This is not of rider who I would expect to quickly to the Gasser.

After we a few suspension adjustments and got some time in, his comment was “let’s go this thing at a gran Like any good two …, is plenty of fun factor when the Gas Gas.

This year sees the from the AJP Hydraulic clutch to the unit. I always liked the AJP for its pull. But the lever was always to adjust, it sort of flapped in the

I think the new Magura has a little overall feel, so I like it.

the general feel of the Gasser is one of Bars, levers, grips, everywhere things look and right. The Galfer/Nissin brake is stellar, right on par with the

Rear brake feel is a more progressive than the providing great control.

If has ever been one consistent against the Gas Gas bikes, it’s some of the details don’t get the they deserve. For 2012, we get a bit of both sides of the coin.

The and shrouds are redesigned. They are complex than before. The part is that my boots no catch on the shrouds. They do rub hard against a couple of but the shrouds are much better the old style.

The real issue the shrouds is that they push fit, via rubber into the radiators. There is no In heavy brush or trees, can come loose and leave the and radiator flapping in the breeze.

I radiator guards are mandatory for model. I would probably some other fix to help things together. Back I raced these, we would a hole in the plastic male end and use a pin to keep it fixed into the

Other issues include the rubbing against the rear and a small leak from the clutch cover. The silencer another spacer added to the and the clutch cover probably a different style gasket.

The impression that the 2012 Gas Gas 300 me with is this: It makes me to go riding. I want to go out and ride it now. I am ready to go race it weekend. There are a couple of I could nitpick about, but for the part, they do not intrude on the experience.

This is one fun bike to

So stay tuned as we rack up as miles as possible over the few months on the 2012 Gas Gas XC300. It lots of fun; let’s see if it can

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