Gas Gas new two-stroke enduro a blast
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Successful enduro riders are a taciturn breed, used to thinking their way rapidly across gnarly terrain with a rally-style mix of cross-country ‘touring’ stages and time trials, all of it more or less tricky and technical, and mostly spent alone – without an audience, a nearby pit, or a jostling crowd of other riders.
They know whether a bike will do the deed, but waxing lyrical ain’t their thing.
So getting useful feedback from even the most expert of riders can be challenging. The latest Gas Gas EC300 two-stroke – how’s the new start system? ‘Good.’ The engine changes? ‘Good.’ The suspension? ‘Good now, too.” This will be the world’s shortest review…
That lets you easily alter engine response, so you can limit power and revs for snow or slick mud, choose smooth delivery for technical conditions, add pep for a fast circuit, or torque at low rpm for a very fast circuit, “Though the standard setting seems to work well in New Zealand conditions.”
The exhaust’s been redesigned, there’s a new silencer, and alterations to the suspension include new settings for the Marzocchi forks and a change to Reiger shocks, which got the thumbs-up too. “It’s now plush, absorbs roots nicely, and it’s confidence-inspiring.” Our tester said it felt as if it’d work well in sand too, “It felt balanced enough to work anywhere, if it works well with poxy roots and doesn’t bottom when you’re going fast it’ll go well in sand.”
It stops well, too. The Galfer 260mm ‘wave’ disc front and 220mm disc out back gripped by twin-piston front and single-piston rear Nissin calipers are really strong, our rider was impressed with their performance, “and there’s a good range of adjustment in the front lever to suit a wide range of hand size.”
That ‘good’ word again… A word to the Christmas fairy? A thesaurus in the stocking come December.