NEW Gas Gas ECRanger – Gasser’s answer to the Freeride and Xtrainer | Bike Reviews
"Light, docile and designed to be easy to handle for any type of rider", the ECRanger is the new bike from Gas Gas which falls into the growing hybrid-enduro category.
Like the Beta Xtrainer and KTM Freeride, the new Gas Gas ECRanger is not a full-blown enduro bike, nor is it a trailbike, it draws inspiration from both types of dirtbike.
It’s physically the same size as an EC and has the same wheelbase but with a seat height of just 930mm, the ECRanger is 30mm lower than any model in the EC range.
The ECRanger will be available with a 200cc two-stroke or 300cc two-stroke engine that is fed by a Keihin PWK 36, while the standard EC gets the bigger PWK 38.
Gas Gas claims the engines have been dulled down to produce a more torque down low and less intimidating power throughout the rev range with a new cylinder and cylinder head. This is in line with the type of rider Gas Gas had in mind when it designed the Ranger.
Suspension is KYB, though a 46mm fork up front but the shock looks similar to the unit found on the GP, with high and low-speed adjustment.
However, at 108kg dry (claimed), the ECRanger is 3kg heavier than the EC but to say if that extra weight is an issue we’ll have to wait until we ride one following its arrival in Australia.
Here is what Gas Gas says about the ECRanger
The off-road motorcycle manufacturer brings back the spirit of adventure of its legendary Pampera, adapting this go-anywhere bike to the demands of today’s riders with the new ECRanger. Light, docile and above all easy to handle, suitable for any type of rider, this is the new bike from Gas Gas. The ideal formula for all those who love “light enduro” and “trail excursion” and want to enjoy off-road riding like never before without sacrificing the comfort of the new generation of off-road motorcycles.
This new model has its own personality within the Gas Gas Enduro 2019 range, with a character focused on recreational use unlike its more competition focused stablemates. With differences in temperament but similarities in terms of the EC model base bike for a new Gas Gas ECRanger that shares the same central spine frame and most of the components, adapting to the needs of the wide range of profiles that make up the world of enduro. A model valid both for hobby riders, as well as for those more daring riders, passionate about extreme enduro, thanks to its versatility and easy handling.
Elastic, progressive engine response
The new ECRanger has been designed for having fun. And for that reason it has been decided to soften its delivery, adopting a new thermodynamic performance and premiering a new cylinder and cylinder head. Changes that have helped to decompress the engine and get a more full and elastic delivery at low speed. While at high revs its output has been limited, sweetening its power and providing that pleasant feeling of always having everything under control. A modern two-stroke engine that will be manufactured in two sizes, 200 and 300 cc and that will be coming off the Salt production line with an exhaust system from the company Tecnigas.
With the frame and suspension, the design of this new Gas Gas shows the deliberate aim for this model to become an enduro that satisfies the whole range of riders, thanks to its lower seat height and its excellent maneuverability. A height 40 millimeters lower than the range of EC models is achieved by redesigning the suspension.
Comfortable and practical for any use
All these changes add up to a long list of new components in the frame and suspension of the new Gas Gas ECRanger. For example the new comfortable, padded seat cover or the removal of the traditional kick-start of other models, with starting now being taken care of by a new electric start system with lead acid battery.
Quality and reliability in every detail
In the suspensions section, Gas Gas maintains all its confidence in the renowned quality and reliability of the firm Kayaba, incorporating a new front fork from the Japanese firm, this time 46 millimeters in diameter with open cartridge andcompression and rebound adjustment at the front; and the same adjustable rear shock absorber as used by the EC models, varying only in length, with preload and rebound adjustment. As for the braking system, the new Gas Gas model uses new NG brand discs – 260 mm front and 240 mm rear – and also new brake calipers and pistons, a system developed exclusively by Braktec for this version.
For control, absorption and traction, the ECRanger provides great feedback transmitted by its 28.6 mm handlebar with central brace, the signature Regina -520/135 non-seal chain- and new tires: Vee Rubber -90 / 90-21 front and 120 / 90-18 rear. The tires are mounted on Excel rims providing extraordinary grip that will surprise even the most experienced enduro riders.
Exclusive graphic design and aesthetics
With the aesthetics, the new ECRanger premieres a very different graphic design from the rest of the Gas Gas enduro range. A new and attractive image giving greater prominence to the white colour, present both in the frame and in the panels of this new Gas Gas, a go-anywhere bike that takes up where the historic Pampera left off to adapt to the demands of today’s rider.
NEW SPECIFICATION ECRANGER 2019
EC model thermodynamic cycle with a new cylinder and cylinder head to give a mild, elastic character to the engine, with increased torque at low revs and limited maximum power to make the bike easier and less demanding in riding style than its stablemates in the EC competition range
Incorporation of a new 36mm carburetor in the 300cc version
Tecnigas exhaust system
FRAME AND SUSPENSION
Special ECRanger 2019 graphic design, with white frame and panels
Tires: Vee Rubber (90/90 / -21 front and 120 / 90-18 rear)
Brake discs: NG (Ø260 front and Ø220 rear)
Chain: Regina 520/135 RH2 no-seal
Brake system, caliper and pistons, developed exclusively for the ECRanger model by Braktec
White frame and panels
Redesigned suspension triple clamps to give greater rigidity to the fork system
Incorporation of 28.6mm diameter handlebar with central brace
Seat height 40mm lower than in EC range models (930mm from the ground)
New seat cover
Ø46 Kayaba open cartridge forks with compression and rebound adjustment system, and Kayaba rear monoshock with preload, compression and rebound adjustment.
Electric start system, kick-start is removed
Price and availability will be announced soon.