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Gas Gas EC 515 FSR

Is the Gas Gas EC 515 FSR the best thing to come Spain so far?

Gas Gas has been fuel-injected dirtbikes for seven now. The pint-sized Spanish has shown it’s not scared of new-fangled electronic stuff, and in it was Gas Gas who first produced a street-legal EFI – a move that put it years of the pack.

Now the baying hounds caught up, with companies as Husky, Sherco and Aprilia EFI enduro machines, and Suzuki fitted it across its motocross

However, Gas Gas has stayed one step Changing suppliers from Marelli to Kokusan, it also to a battery-less system.

Now the battery charge to only the lights and the all engine management electrics are by the stator. In fact, you can completely the battery and the bike will fire from the kickstart.

Why want to do that is beyond us, but good to know that the poo hits the fan, your to return to the cars is not dependent on a of lead made in China.

And the itself is no ordinary stator. a high voltage, low inertia – nothing unusual there – but than the usual 12 windings it has 16. are dedicated to recharging the battery and the half to supplying the charge to run the control module (ECM).

Five hundred degrees of – about three quarters of the strokes – charges a condenser to power up the fuel pump to bar (45psi) and boot the engine life.

Now if you’re geeky me and can’t get enough of this, the stuff doesn’t end there. The is not only battery-less but runs a air pressure sensor, something the Marelli didn’t.

Yawn if you but this has big implications for the ECM. extra sensor monitors air waves in the inlet manifold and the ECM to determine if the correct fuel is being supplied.

The upshot of is that once the ECM parameters are there is no need for re-trimming the It’s set and forget. Small that improve airflow, new exhausts and opening up the airbox, or performance losses caused by are automatically taken into

Only when you delve into the engine’s interior and transplanting vital organs is it to play with ECM parameters.

And again the Kokusan delivers. management programs can be loaded as as you can boot up a computer. This has two effects. First, as new updates available your dealer can them into your at the next service. Second, are now able to develop their own to either beef up the standard or match their own in-house cam and head specifications with ECM programs.

The future has arrived.


at the EC 515 FSR, it’s impossible to it apart from the 450 without the aid of the on the swingarm. And like KTM, the difference between the 450 and the big-bore is the of the pot.

We think it’s a bike, but that’s a step from early Gassers, we thought were stunning. Gas Gas has to a more contemporary, angular reminiscent of KTM, with rearguard/sideplates, V-grooved front and radiator shrouds that the black tank.

We like the which is worlds ahead of else we’ve seen. than the stone-age boulders of with embedded buttons to be smashed by the first low-side, Gas Gas has us a tiny round dial inbuilt LED lights neatly away behind the bars. a thing of beauty.

The various that were on the speedo are now into the dial as LED lights. The speedo has been replaced by a more attractive, colour-coded speedo.

The cockpit is minimalist, and attractive. At last someone has us what we want.


The EC 515 FSR is slim, low and feels in the hand, and that’s a good It’s immediately comfortable, inspires confidence, and that’s on a bike sporting an open-class with the added performance of

The suspension is handled by an Ohlins at the and a Marzocchi 48mm Shiver up – a package that has worked for Gas Gas in the past. Gas Gas was keen to inform us done a lot of work on the valving for the to improve the action’s suppleness and

Once the show is rolling the nimble feel is confirmed. The big FSR into corners better any big-bore on the market, even the title holder, the lovely TM

The slim profile and low seat make moving around on the and getting your legs out The front wheel goes where you point it and it stays It will carve up the tight or blast the wide line equal ease.

Gas Gas has made bike handle well in the bits without sacrificing any stability.

The big Gasser comes the same Adler slipper fitted to the 450 FSR for the last three The slipper has two major effects: pull is ridiculously light riders ask if it’s still and the engine braking effect of the engine is removed.

This sound like a detrimental but once accustomed to it you realise it increases the stability of the rear hard braking, and during entry. And that can’t be on a bike this fast.

The work the factory has put in with the has reaped plenty of reward, and 48mm Shiver is the best Shiver fork it’s up.

It’s still a shade its 50mm big brother, and the Ohlins, but a good, honest, hard-working Both the front and rear up the jittery stuff well, and coped with our regular of water bars and rock We were hitting obstacles as as we dared, and not once did the big Gasser out of line.


When you buy a big-bore after something that the blood. This bike disappoint. From idle, the pulls hard, in fact to say it like a 14-year-old is doing it an

No, this engine has enough to send a Collins class sub orbit. The power is strong and Let it work a little and you get into a that threatens to change the orbit. From here the freely revs to the limiter making strong, useable

Hills? What hills? the big Gasser at a climb, wind on the and watch the hill get sucked its front wheel.

There’s not a of doubt, this FSR is fast and you it the second you wind the grip. But not intimidating “ooohhh, sh*t!” unless you do something stupid. overstep the mark and things go wrong very quickly.

Getting on the gas early is easy, and the of predictable power and scalpel-sharp takes all the hard work out of it.


A modern bike is not a cheap item. A new four-… will set you back $13,000 by the time you put it on the road. So do you get for the money when you hand the readies at your local and Gas Gas dealer?

Like all European it comes with a quality muffler that actually something that most of the can’t seem to manage that we’ll harp on until they do).

The bars are quality Hebo alloy units and attached to is switchgear that’s second to in terms of design and practicality. A steel exhaust system resists rusting), quality and Hebo grips round out the

Mechanically, you get class-leading EFI technology and an slipper clutch (a $1000 accessory on any other brand) – so on a bang-for-buck level this is good value.

The Gasser with plastic handguards and a too. In reality they do more than look so we’d replace them more substantial units as as we wheeled the bike home. also bless this with a decent set of radiator

Other than that the usual four-… ownership A regular oil change with oil and frequent air filter maintenance are compulsory.

The FSR motor has certain with Suzuki’s DR-Z400 strange as that may seem, and has itself to be equally robust. we have an inkling that the EC 515 FSR is to cost its owner a small in rear tyres. Chains and won’t set longevity records

Is this the best big-bore made? In my opinion, there’s not a of a doubt. And all the Mad Monkeys believe were on something special.

It was furious and hell fun to ride. like riding the ‘Kingda roller coaster. You scream, and laugh all the way, then you to do it again and again and again.

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