FIRST LOOK – 2015 GAS GAS ENDURO
Gas Gas have launched their 2015 EC models with numerous changes across the range.
It’s bike launch season at the moment and hot on the heels of KTM’s media launch, Gas Gas have issued what they have on offer for 2015.
It’s seems the Spanish manufacture has been hard at work – and aided by their EWC racing team – have delivered a host of new changes, updates and improvements for 2015.
Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Gas Gas have upped their ‘Racing’ brand image giving the models a fresh feel. New graphics, grippy seat, new foot pegs, new shift pedal, kickstand rubber and suspension protector across the range are a welcomed addition.
The EC200, 250 and 300 benefit from an electric starter and engine refinements while the EC125 gets a going over too.
Across the four-stroke range a new exhaust system helps keep things ticking over.
Revised 200/250/300cc engines
The two-stroke range sees notable engine improvements, including the ability to adjust power delivery on the fly.
A new externally adjustable centrifugal exhaust valve system gives outside access to the centrifugal spring preload, so as to provide a fast and simple way to customize engine performance to the tastes of each client and their level of riding, incorporating a new rod that permits performance adjustments to the ‘thousandth’.
In addition, the new exhaust valve in all two-stroke models results in a more gradual, linear and smooth delivery throughout the power curve. This improvement, along with the new specific mapping, allows the regulation and custom tuning of all our customer’s engines.
New electric start system on the two-stroke is more compact and lighter in weight
One of the biggest talking points for 2015 is the addition of a more compact electric-start system for the EC 200 Racing, EC 250 Racing and the EC 300 Racing. Responding to their customer’s request, the R&D department developed a system that is lighter and perfectly coupled to the engine casings.
The electric starting system will also be available as through the Gas Gas Racing Parts catalogue. It can be installed by a simple operation, which can be done in any Gas Gas dealerships and authorized repair facilities.
2015 EC 125
For 2015 the EC 125 receives major changes in its engine with a new cylinder head, mapping program and exhaust.
It also benefits from a new final-drive going from 12×50 to 12×46. Adding in a grippy saddle cover for 2015 ensures the baby of the bunch is still cared for.
Although undergoing fewer changes than their two-stroke peers, the four-stroke Gas Gas models have an updated exhaust system, and all of them – 250, 300 and 450 cc – feature a new collector that aids easier to assemble and disassemble. An FMF silencer on all 4T models is standard ensuring an effective, compact, and quieter exhaust system. The 250 and 300 models also feature new carburetion and exhaust settings for more power.
Chassis reinforcements and new suspension settings
Changes were also made to the chassis for the new Gas Gas range, with reinforcements to its “skeleton”. The backbone is strong and healthy after a structural optimization of the chassis in the entire family of models.
Meanwhile the Marzocchi 48 mm front fork and the rear Reiger shock incorporate new suspension settings to provide the best response to all situations and give more confidence over all types of terrain.
Improvements in the 2015 Gas Gas Enduro range
1) Externally adjustable system for the centrifugal spring
2) New electric starter system
3) New exhaust systems on the 4-stroke models
4) New central valve (200 / 250 / 300 cc models)
5) New cylinder head (125 cc)
6) New mapping diagram (125cc)
7) New final-drive (125 cc)
8) New exhaust DOMA (125 cc)
9) New saddle
10) New finish for the swing-arm and new rear wheel tension spring
11) New “Racing” graphics
12) FMF silencer on the 4T models
13) New foot pegs and supports
14) Continuous Improvement:
• New shift pedal
• New kick-stand rubber
• Redesigned exhaust
• New material for the suspension protector
• New anti-friction bushings in the clutch and front brake levers
15) New ignition maps specific to the 2-stroke (125 / 200 / 250 / 300 cc)
16) Optimization of the chassis structure
17) New suspension settings for the Marzocchi 48 mm front fork and Reiger rear shock