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2011 Gas Gas 300 “Six Days”

Ok, so everyone knows. I am a Gas Gas guy. I don’t actually own one, but I had a number of them. I also to work for them and although has been nearly ten years ago it is just one of those things just follows me around. I regularly have people ask me the bikes or want to know if I ride them.

I think it has the case that there has so little information about (at least in the west) available the last few years, I get those simply because people do not who else to ask.

Gas Gas is Spanish roots clear back to They started building off bikes in the early ‘90’s TM motors in their own frames. Edmonson won a WEC 125 title on them 1993. In 1999 Petteri was the WEC overall champion on an EC250.

  By the bikes featured a Kawasaki perimeter frame with a that borrowed many components from both and Kawasaki. In recent years the have really taken to the with Christophe Nambotin and phenom Lulu Puy winning championships on the bikes. Next will also find Cervantes on the Spanish brand.

has been a steady, if slow, of the design. The frames have to evolve as have the suspension Many of the changes have gradual and not very radical.

It has played against the Spanish as buyers are used to radically new being rolled out by the competition few years. Of course not all new concepts the test of time all that Finally for 2011 we have a Gas Gas that actually “looks” new.

If you read my last of the EC300 from 2009 you see that I was pretty happy the bike. I actually qualified for the at the Idaho City race on it. I away from that with two primary complaints. was the suspension. Gas Gas had switched to the Sachs front and rear.

The twin chamber fork was a ride and the shock was just of the road for feel and action. The issue with the fork was the of working on it. The shim size was and parts had to be ordered from to do a revalve.

My second complaint was the brakes. Call me spoiled, but KTM has the bar so far on this front that bikes feel weak by As the Gasser used familiar components I knew that it not be that difficult to fix, I never got around to working on it.

The problem that comes riding with poor and brakes is that the two issues to compound each other. On the ’09 I would find myself into a choppy or rough and I couldn’t get the bike under to slow down and turn. made track riding challenging, as I could never get up to speed comfortably.

For this the big news is that the Spanish get a new frame. The new design uses a “B” Cromoly tubing mated to The design provides more down low around the motor and along with better flex up high.

The foot peg are also beefed up.

More for me, the Sachs suspension components been ditched in favor of a fork and Ohlins shock. are the top of the line offerings from the but both work well.

The 45mm fork comes an open chamber cartridge. It is not the KYB as I previous mentioned, but ‘Zokes own The legs get the cool black DLC like coating) finish.

I not looked inside yet, but I am these are a conventional cartridge and easy to work on.

The Ohlins 888 is pretty straightforward. It has both and low speed compression adjusters. One feature is the new nylon adjuster for the spring preload.

This you to loosen the locking bolt and spin the adjuster ring. As are two separate parts, once the is made, simply move the ring back in position and It does not require a full

The motor shows no specific It has a six speed transmission. The 38mm carb bolts to a V force block. Spark comes the Kokusan 2K3 ignition. This put out enough charge to allow a big light and accessories.

I have not able to look at the flywheel, but it be smaller than the huge that came on previous EC

Other changes include a new gas and seat. There are some little design and cosmetic The antique chain tensioner is although the new one doesn’t look all durable. The Keihin carb top now has allen head screws the old Philips heads that fall out.

With all room inside the frame changes are a snap.

The new bike with a light duty set of the traditional GG fanny pack, kit and owner’s manual on CD. It was supposed to additional jetting, but there was a note from the factory they were out of them. standard equipment includes the FMF silencer.

My test bike is one of the models built for this Mexico event. I am not sure how it manufacturers so long to figure out marketing a bike named the ISDE is a near … of Anything cool and limited is to get people’s attention. Along the event graphics the GG gets an list of special parts.

include; Renthal Twinwall Galfer brake rotors, sprocket, an extended rear reservoir, radiator braces and an skidplate. To save weight the starter is not part of this At just $200 over the EC model, it is a real bargain.

My outing was to the local motocross Usually with a new bike the is to spin a lap or two and come in and make adjustments. My first impression was how much harder this hits than the last I rode.

I assume this is all due to the difference in The 2009 EC300 required a big of clutch to keep singing the track. Not so with the ISDE it has enough punch that the is used more to control the than to keep the revs up.

is good because the clutch start to chatter with a little abuse.

Next I just how firm the suspension Again the previous model stand up to track duty well because it was lightly and a little out of balance. Now the bike taught. My first adjustment was to off the compression just a little to out the front end. The Marzocchi have a reputation for being out of the box and needing time to break in.

So far rap seems right on course, ride the Gasser gets a smoother.

Other than the first ride was just burning gas and having a good The change to the brakes is huge. must be due to the Galfer rotors. good brakes and better it was easy to start pushing the The turning is feather light.

The is a blast. It is hard to match the joy of riding a 300. It is so different the 450’s, not outright better or just different and lots of

So with a little break in under my belt it was time to back to the garage and start to go racing. The Tecate enduro was two days away and I was excited to see how well the 300 would do under conditions. For prep I added Balls to the stock Metzler a set of Fastway handguards and a brake That rear brake is just an accident waiting to

Other than that, a once over on the nuts and and the bike was ready to load in the

2010 Los Ancianos Tecate

Friday before the race I met up the newest GG rider, Jordan He has an identical 300 Six Days model he will be racing in the National series and local District 36 I wrangled Jordan into for some photos with us.

My bike was running a little so I made a needle adjustment on the Afterwards the bike just ran and eventually fouled the plug. some time trying to out the cause I have decided I must have pulled the cable out of place when I the carb to reach the needle.

I the idea of the bar mounted choke is but I think it is also just to get caught on something. I am told design is for European street models where you can pull the to temporarily richen the mixture riding for extended periods the tarmac.

As we started the race the day it took me a little time to get the of racing a two … again. just for getting the rhythm of the trails and the feeling of the bike. It was just a little soft on the bottom, a little blubbery. the end of the first loop, in the third things were going and then I felt the bike power. I couldn’t believe I was out of gas!

I knew the end of the test was but there I was stuck without a in the tank.


I sat beside the course for a of minutes before I realized I hear voices. The end of the test was 50 yards away. I pushed the to the finish, but lost a number of in the process.

That was also the of the gas stop. I am not sure exactly was me to run out of gas so quick. I leaned the needle out at the check and the bike ran much and I had no more issues.

I think the float level may be a little too and might have contributed to fuel out the overflow.

In the next the bike felt much with the leaner needle It would pull second down to almost a … That meant less and smoother riding. As the day progressed I faster and faster as I got more pushing the bike around.

Through the technical trails it was a to ride, just one of those when the course and bike like a perfect match for other.

As for my race result, that was pretty much out the when I ran out of gas. In fact I was not the one to run out in that section. But the day was a great in terms of having fun.

I the Gas Gas often gets a bad rap in the industry. The with the importers has been so over the years and that is one contributing factor. But it is more that.

I am surprised how difficult it can be to get people to even look at the I have honestly had more one industry person, including say “I rode one of those once a few ago”; as if that was enough for to know everything there was to know. Many of these people get excited about new graphics on other brands of

On the other hand I have riders come out of the woodwork to get a chance to look at the new bike. at the track, people walk up to at the bike even thoug have no idea what it is. If you are to see what choices are available in the two market, this bike is a see.

There is a lot to like it.

The motor is strong and smooth. It is fast but still has a good personality. Handling is very without being nervous or It is easy to ride fast and not require much of effort to do so. The are very good, nearly on par the KTM and better than just everything else.

The AJP Juicy is ultra light and smooth. The has come quite a ways the previous models. The shock very well. The fork better every ride.

The stock spring rates suit most riders. The position bar mounts let the cockpit position open up enough to fit me.

As for the I don’t like the list is not too The rear brake pedal is a eyesore. Jordan Brandt has a YZ pedal grafted on his bike, but it some machine work to The stock Rental Twinwall bar is strong, but way to stiff for me, even the crossbar removed.

The stock GG seems pretty flimsy, it easily and mine cracked the seam.

The 300 has now left for FMF for a couple of Donnie Emler is considering a new exhaust for the bikes. Hopefully I have something new to test it comes back.

I also an array of other parts to try out will include a Clarke Fastway stabilizer, Guts and protection from Bulletproof

My goal is to get the opportunity to race the 300 a few times before it has to go back. The that I am looking forward to more race time on the pretty much sums up my of it. It is a good package that is rewarding to ride.

Out of the box it is nearly ready and with just a help I think it will be competitive.

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