WHERE THEY WERE, WHERE THEY’RE
The Gas Gas EC300 is an old-world two-stroke, and it’s
been around since the mid-’90s. Back then, British rider
Paul Edmondson was on top of his game, and he won the
1996 World Enduro championship on the 250cc version of
the bike before it was even introduced. If you look at the
current model, you can see a number of parts that haven’t
changed in 20 years. The distinctive chamber on the side
of the cylinder is still part of the power-valve configuration.
The bore and stroke are still 72mm by 72mm, identical to
those of the KTM 300XC-W. The biggest change in recent
history took place in 2012, when an entirely new chromoly
frame was offered.
In its current configuration, the Gas Gas has a six-speed
gearbox and a 38mm Keihin carb feeding a VForce4 reed.
The silencer is by FMF. The fork is a closed-cartridge
Marzocchi Shiver and the shock is a German-made
Reiger. Never heard of Reiger? It’s well-known and highly
regarded in the trials world. For several years Gas Gas has
offered electric start as an option. This year the whole sys-
The MSRP for the Gas Gas EC300 is
$7899. With electric start, it’s $7999.
For 2015, the U.S. Gas Gas importer is GoFasters Offroad:
www.gofastersoffroad.com, (320) 839-7143. The company also
offers a 125, 200 and 250. Later in the year there will probably
be a four-stroke based on the Husky Redhead motor.
This year, the Gas Gas 300 is surprisingly fast! Who knew?
• Excellent clutch
• Electric starter
• Hard to stall
• Hard to break
• Abrupt power delivery
• Hard seat
• Harsh suspension