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A Three Gasser Lineup

by Ray Macarthur. Pics by Nigel

Gas Gas has gone back and done work on its Enduro lineup for The new EC250 and 300 two-strokes have some minor tweaks for but the impressive FSE450 four-… has had surgery on its engine, with and … changes gaining a 23 per cent extra torque and top end power.

Attention to detail and innovation make these real “off the showroom winners, particularly the FSE with its clutch and fuel injection. obvious this company, has been predominantly two … is throwing real money at its four … engine. But a bike ain’t just an and this is where the Spaniards us their true European

The engines

For 2006 a new catalyzed a V-force reed block and kick-start lever are the only changes to the 250 and 300 two-… engines. use the same … with a bore size on the 300, fed by a Keihin PWK carburetor and delivered a six-speed gearbox. There is a CDI mapping switch on the left controls which when takes the edge off the power to make it more tractable in wet

There is something very about the Gas Gas EC250 and 300 machines. The 250 has a two-… hit while the 300 is much making it a quite a bit easier to Without good clutch most riders will on the 250 as it will bog at lower rpm.

But ridden properly it is light, and very responsive. Some think that all 300 two-strokes put on this earth to scare and but the EC300 is proof this is not the With more bottom end it can lug up at low revs, the mid range is strong and the is smooth and predictable.

I was hoping it had a aggressive top end for those times you want to get a full on two … but this is not the case.

The new four-stoke has been redesigned from year with a shorter giving significantly more you can really feel at the seat of the I was impressed with last engine package, but this it’s even better. Gas engineers have gone to using a wet sump with a and 20 per cent larger oil filter, and updated many internal including the camshaft.

Power is plentiful and very from down low all the way through to the transmitted through a beautifully six-speed gearbox. The bike with a restrictor in the exhaust, but this has been removed to let the out, it gives a deep and – but not excessively loud – exhaust from its polished aluminium which replaces last stainless steel unit.

The is the same APTC slipper as last year, designed to the back wheel to keep for better bike control heavy engine braking. is achieved using a spiral design in the clutch hub that down under acceleration and off when you back off, so it requires three springs to the clutch plates, resulting in a light lever that can be operated with one finger. The Marelli fuel injection with its proven functionality and is just another one of the technical of this engine, allowing for different conditions which the need to re-jet as you would a

The electric high pressure pump is mounted in the tank, fuel directly to the computer injector on the throttle body the need for a fuel tap. The system is closed and pressurised, so is no fuel bowl to loose or flood the engine if the bike is It’s got to be the way of the future and I really know why more manufacturers using fuel injection on bikes now.

Air filter are easy with a hand cam-lock on the side cover door on all the bikes, and the FSE exhaust pipe comes with a fitted and has new radiators with a fan for when things get hot under the

All the bikes have a chrome-moly frame carried through last year using a type Ohlins rear and fully adjustable 45mm Marzocchi forks which revised valving. We didn’t any need to adjust the suspension on bike during the test as felt great on their settings.

Stiff enough to eat up big and sensitive enough to keep the tracking in the small bumps, combined with precise made the Gassers feel in the twisty sections and stable at with no signs of headshake. hydraulic disc brakes and back are powerful and give control through the DID Dirt rims.


The seats are fairly soft and the has been lowered slightly to a comfortable seating position the tapered alloy handlebars, have plenty of adjustment for preference. There is a new large digital display unit up with an easy to read and hour meter – which be handy for monitoring oil change The colours stay the same year but with different – red for the 250 and 450 and blue for the 300.

The bikes with the long rear attachment for ADR compliance, but they are supplied with a smaller replacement unit for the tail and number plate. Fuel capacity is 9.5 litres and dry weight is and 103kg for the 250 and 300 respectively, while the hits the scales 118 kilos and has a 6.7 litre fuel capacity is claimed to give it a range of 100 km, on par with the competition due to the extra of fuel injection. For those feel the need, a larger is also available for the 450.

The verdict

The EC250 and 300 didn’t to do any one particular thing outstandingly, but it was the of quality, detail and doing really well that let bikes shine. The suspension let the do their job and didn’t give us any surprises. This, the great and plenty of power combine to two neat packages.

The only I had with the two-strokes was the position of the change lever which I a little low and with the coarse it would make the next too high. The chassis’ are well and easy to move around on. The is good, but I think lighter might look for a bit more in the first bit of the ….

All in all, all round machines for tighter, trail riding.

The 250 retails for + ORC; and the 300 at $10,995 + ORC. The FSE to out shine the other bikes its powerful and controllable engine with the gearing, great and handling, the convenience of electric functionality of the slipper clutch and injection which all combine to it the star player in the lineup. Gas Gas is us it knows where the future of lies.

The 450 retails at $12,699 and all the enduro come with a six month warranty.

Word has it there is a new arriving soon as a stable and big brother to the 450 using a larger of the same engine. The 450 is an awesome If more is better, I can’t to ride the 500.



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