Gas Gas EC 250 FSR — Cycle Torque Magazine

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Angry little bull

by Ray Macarthur. Pics by Nigel

IF YOU think the EC 250 FSR is just a smaller of the mighty 450, reading you might raise an eyebrow or

For a start this carburettor fed was sourced from Yamaha Gas Gas develops its own quarter litre …, the forks are Marzocchi of the Sachs found on its siblings and the height is just as tall as its big

As the first 250 four-… enduro for Gas Gas it’s not small but it is nimble.

The is Yamaha’s five-valve donk has been around in one form or for years now. It breathes a flat slide Keihin carburettor and puts the power to the through a five-speed gearbox the fuel injected six-speed

It has electric start and Gas Gas has fitted its own kick starter and clutch cover to give the engine signature.

The header pipe is with a nice little to reduce the risk of burns and the barking at bay is a “Reverse Exhaust lightweight alloy muffler sounds great, works and negates any need for an aftermarket

In what appears to have a last minute graft, the wet clutch is operated through a mix of hydraulic and wire cable.

The feels good though, a braided hydraulic line runs from the handlebar to a slave cylinder, which activates and pulls a stubby cable which in turn the clutch actuating arm on the top of the gear Difficult to explain and understand

Of course on the WR, Yamaha use a wire all the way so this is just an adaptation to it hydraulic. It appears to be an odd fit for Gas Gas who generally use the and lightest of everything but have had to up with this compromise to it work.

It seems to work well and was nice and light but the did have a small tendency to a little on some occasions.

The motor looks a little sitting at the front of the motor, and no bash plate at all I was a little about putting a hole in the as I was picking my way through a washed out of rocks.

If you are thinking of doing any fair dinkum trail I would seriously think fitting one.

Up front on steering duty are USD Marzocchis with a linkage Sachs on the rear. As you would all have adjustable compression and

Brake calipers are all hydraulic floating units sporting a pot front and single pot rear on discs that perform plenty of stopping power.

The bike came with fitted but the bike comes with Michelins.

Black rims are highlighted by their red wheel hubs which the black, red and white colour on the hot looking sticker kit.

The 450 we previously had done a few hundred Km’s and the stickers were to come loose. These were fine but it is something to an eye on.

The ride

The first thing you is how tall this bike is for a At 940mm tall the seat is the leg swing as the 450 which can be a real for anyone under 180cm

It also uses the same 7.5 fuel tank that into the centre of the frame the radiator guards. This a great slim feel combined with the stiff grippy top seat makes it to move around on.

There is good frame to clearance with footpegs fairly high. They your feet out of the way of obstacles but did not the riding position feel too

There are two positions available to the handlebars so you can get them well A nice neat rubber pad over the top of the handlebar clamps to the blow if things go wrong.

All the feel comfortable and easy to and there’s a decent quartz headlight up front and a very tail light and number mount at the rear

The silver readout in the centre of the cockpit is to read and lights up well for riding. Although there an ignition lock there is a lock to slow any thieves may be trying to knock off your if you ride it down to the shops.

is an alloy side stand is lightweight and sits well out of the way but has a small foot that sink into anything a soft allowing the bike to so just beware.

None of the Gas we tested this year with blinkers fitted on so I didn’t get to see how durable they Apparently they didn’t us not to break them.

There is a single screw at the which releases the seat to the foam air filter and the battery. A loaded pogo stick the filter for easy servicing and the is mounted just behind the


A cam lock instead of a screw to the seat would have a nice touch to make it a free operation.

During the I had a screw on one of the battery terminals loose just as I stalled the in a big deep muddy waterhole.

Man I do some cursing trying to get it before eventually dragging it tightening the terminal and firing it into life. I think electric start stuff is me soft!

The steering felt light and the bike felt and easy to flick around as a 250

All the suspension settings started in the positions but I found the front a little unstable on anything gave it a good bump.

I backed the compression damping off it felt much better but it like it needed to be backed off a more to stop anything offline so I think a bit more to suit the rider will get that extra bit more out of it.

The steering on the EC 250 FSR always felt and precise where the 450 uses a steering head angle and was work until I got the front settings right.

So long as you the clutch the 250 was surprisingly easy to up through steep rocky and tight single trails.

The is well suited to weaving way up a rutted or rocky hill being too slow, but you can feel the seat height when go bad.

The Gas Gas is easy to loft the end over all sorts of obstacles and it seems to go where you want it to go.

The revs well and it will run at 80 or 90 kmh happily and faster if you push it a

At 110kg the claimed weight is 7kg than the EC 450 FSR but I was surprised to find it has a similar fuel range it uses the same 7.5 litre

I travelled 70km of fire and tight single line before going onto 5.8 litres of fuel topped it up giving the bike about a range depending on the terrain.

For that want a better I believe there is a tank from Safari Tanks in that offers almost the capacity.

The recommended retail on one of will set you back $11,799 + on costs and it now comes with a 12 warranty.


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