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Gas Gas 250EC (March 2007)

Imperssion: 2007 GasGas Bazz and Dr Dan from Dirt Trader mag ride the first Gas Gas EC250 to hit our shores. This is they think


Gas Gas a big swipe at the opposition in ’06. The manufacturer from Girona out a line of bikes that its big name opposition that were serious about high performance enduro and everyone noticed. They up a few race wins, a lot actually, great reviews in all the magazines and recognition as a brand to be considered buying a new bike.

With all in mind, we were anxious to see the new year would hold for the Gas Gas Would they sit on their or would they make changes to ensure they in front of the chasing pack?


We’ve made no about the fact that always thought Gassers are bikes, but they’ve picked up a notch this year.

The noticeable change is the one piece guards which are much angular than their The radiator shrouds have become more angular, to the new styling, while the neat LED rear light looks modern and is small enough to out of harm’s way. The colour for the entire ’07 range is now the official Gas Gas factory colour.

The side/rear guard is not just a update. The entire airbox and sub-frame have been This was to address two major that needed attention. the airbox access on previous was below par.

Cleaning the air is the most common maintenance on a dirtbike and it doesn’t take to get annoyed with a system has poor filter access (Dr Dan attest to this). We’re to say that the new airbox design much better access.

the round section sub-frame has a for being easily bent in a The new square section frame is to be more than twice as as the round one.

The attention to componentry is typically European. is, it’s first class. You find a European bike doesn’t come with everything, digital speedo, grips and Hi-Fi stereo

If they didn’t, we’d like a pom at the Ashes series. maybe not the Hi-Fi). The triple have two bar positions which some rider personalisation in the We favour the forward position as it get your weight further the front for cornering.

The rear isn’t the only physical on the EC250. Here are more:

The valve has been modified to broader torque

The counter weight has been changed to the change in the torque curve

The has a Vertex piston with a new coating

New larger radiators the engine cool


year, and in 2005, the power was and tractable. Last year went to a much peakier and motor. This year tried to do a Dr Frankenstein, stitch the two together, and the result is a damn bit of surgery.

The power doesn’t from idle but does on early and a little clutch-work in the tight stuff. Once on the pipe it comes on strong and the bottom end develops into a mid-range and eye-popping-wheely power. is the motor you want after down the nursing home. The top end is but not as strong as the mid-range, but who cares? a mid-range this strong you even need a top-end.

You can’t help but grin as you out of a corner and rip down the straight your braking point. motor is hell fast!

The setup comes with a ignition curve, activated by a button on the switch-block. There’s a sun the power setting, and a cloud the torque setting, and it does a difference. The torque setting out the power delivery down

It was a stinking hot dry day so we rode for a few kays on the setting, then changed to the power setting and spent the of the day spreading shrapnel everywhere.

Gas Gas have stuck to their formula from last The bike is slim and flat. The height is listed as 945mm but it feel that tall, likely a side effect of so thin. The ergos are good and the is easy to move around on.


a two-… it has a nice light to it.

Straight out of the box the suspension is noticeably than last year. We up with 25 clicks out on the compression and 11 on on the fork, while the shock was 8 out on Hi Speed comp, 15 on Lo Speed and 22 on rebound. This is all academic but it that the clickers do work and there’s a good range of

These settings gave a but compliant ride. Both the and rear behaved impeccably the rough stuff. There no nasty spikes or sidesteps.

like to make some comments about the fork and action but we’re just trailriders. Still, even a can tell that this works and works very So corners are where Gas Gas shines, and the sum of all the components make it so good.

The chassis is set up so there are no head or (lack of) grip issues. The is easy to move around on you put your weight where meant to be, and it feels light and quickly to body English. All adds up to a bike that as well as anything.

It’s at carving up the inside line or around the wide line.

But this is a good time to the seat. It has a nice, flat which makes sliding easy, but it’s made recycled concrete. For the first 10 we loved it but after that we cursing the thing and reaching for the

We had monkey … that have made King grimace.

Braking? No big problem. The are more than up to the task of the beast up. Both front and have nice feel but like a smidge more from the front.

It’s not weak by any means but not as strong as the magnificent front on the KTM250EXC.


If Gas Gas made a bad bike then we ridden it yet. They’ve out another bike that is that a trail rider and more.

The EC250 is fast, and above all it’s extremely mannered. It’s not a bike we’d throw a novice on but looking to expand their or simply shower their with yonnies, should very hard at this At $10,650 (+ORC) we think great buying on the grin per scale.

Published. Thursday, 1 2007

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