Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Gas Gas EC300
...will be my next dirt bike. Tasky's is now a Gas Gas dealer so I got a chance to look at the new 2011 EC300 in person and it's nice. Really nice. I was chatting with Jeff about it, and specifically how the engine would compare to my Husqvarna TE250, as well as to my past 2-stroke experience. One of the things I still really miss about my old KDX200 was the fast mid-range snap; if you needed the front end in the air, there was no need to anticipate, slip the clutch, rev the engine then pop the clutch back out. But the thing I sure don't miss is the soft low-end. So I asked Jeff how the EC300 would compare to the TE250. He smiled and said "this thing is a torque machine. It pulls off the bottom like a 450 4-stroke, and then, well it's just smooth, tractable power across the range." They're designed to be enduro/trail machines, so they have a very broad power band without the peaky mid-range that a 2-stroke MX bike has. Oh yeah, and they have a two-position ignition map switch.