2019 GasGas ECRanger

New for the GasGas 2019 Enduro range is the EC Ranger 200 and 300 2-stroke.

GasGas’ aim with the Ranger is to bring 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, GasGas have gone to pains to ensure that the ECRanger will be suitable for any type of rider. Designed for 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.

GasGas say the 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

2019 GasGas ECRanger

The new ECRanger has been designed for having fun, and for that reason it was decided by the GasGas boffins 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.

The engine’s high rpm output has been toned down, with the aim of sweetening its power and providing that pleasant feeling of always having everything under control. The modern 2-stroke engine will be manufactured in two sizes, 200 and 300 cc and that will be coming off the production line with an exhaust system from the company Tecnigas.

With the frame and suspension, the design of this new GasGas shows the deliberate aim for this model to become an enduro that satisfies a wide range of riders, thanks to its lower seat height and its excellent manoeuvrability. The ECRanger limbos its way 40mm lower than the range of other EC models thanks to a redesigning of 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 GasGas 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. Yeah, it’s got an E-starter now, but we’re pretty sure many riders will be dropping that factory lead acid battery pronto and going with something much, much lighter as soon as they can.

Quality and reliability in every detail

In the suspension department, GasGas went with the quality and reliability from Kayaba (KYB), incorporating a new front fork from the Japanese firm, this time 46mm in diameter with open cartridge and compression and rebound adjustment at the front, while out back is the tried and true adjustable rear shock absorber as used by GasGas’ EC models, varying only in length, with preload and rebound adjustment.

As for the braking system, the new GasGas model uses new NG brand discs – 260mm front and 240mm rear – and also new brake calipers and pistons, a system developed exclusively by Braktec for this version.

Exclusive graphic design and aesthetics

With the aesthetics, the new ECRanger premieres a very different graphic design from the rest of the GasGas 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 GasGas, a go-anywhere bike that takes up where the historic Pampera left off to adapt to the demands of today’s rider.

 

It looks cool, will sound great being a 2-stroke, and it’ll be coming here with GasGas importer Urban Moto Imports confirming today that the ECRanger will be making a debut in the NZ market. Just when that will be is yet to be announced, but we’re looking forward to throwing a leg over the new GasGas either way.

LOMMEL (Belgium) 04 August 2018 – The 2018 Fiat Professional MXGP of Belgium has begun with Lommel’s sandy conditions suiting the 2017 overall winners, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings and Jorge Prado, as they dominated yesterday’s Qualifying races in MXGP and MX2 respectively.

Jeffrey Herlings: “I definitely love coming here… last year we were here and we won, this year we are here so I want to repeat it and come out with a win, it would be nice, it would be good for the championship. There is 6 rounds to go in less than 2 months but many things can still happen. Our plan for tomorrow is to get two good starts, try to fight for victory but it won’t be easy, the competition is strong.”

Being such a challenging track, Lommel is one of the competitors’ favourites. The beautifully groomed track quickly transformed into the typical Belgian sand pit with massive ruts and moving lines. The weather was hot with temperatures reaching the mid 30’s. Spectators gathered to admire and enjoy the speed, skill, and fitness of the world’s best riders on display yesterday.

Joining the World Championship classes of MXGP and MX2 where FIM Europe’s classes of EMX125 presented by FMF Racing and EMX250. Coming into the day 100 riders were entered into the 125cc class alone with another 91 in EMX250. By race 1 a series of timed sessions combined with a last chance race narrowed the fields to 40 riders each. Performing best and making it on the race one 125 podium was Yamaha Europe EMX125’s Thibault Benistant, Team Maddi Racing Husqvarna’s Mattia Guadagnini, and Arvid Lüning plus Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori’s Maxime Renaux, Creymert Racing’s Kevin Horgmo, and REVO Husqvarna UK’s Mel Pocock doing the same in EMX250.

MXGP Qualifying Race Top Ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 24:55.928; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:15.876; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:21.255; 4. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:50.668; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:55.261; 6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +1:08.449; 7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:12.960; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:13.126; 9. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +1:22.128; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Suzuki), +1:30.810.

 

Hot off the press is the new line-up of gear from Fly Racing for 2019. Featuring a refreshing and bold colour range, with matching sets in every category, the new lines are made to deliver. Utilising high tech materials and new safety features, all while offering premium comfort and airflow. Mens and womens styles are available on every line – if the ladies want to stand out, check out the full hot pink sets!

The F2 Carbon Helmet is absolutely one of the top race helmets on the market. The new F2 has gone a step further, with its ‘one-piece tri-composite carbon fibre shell and mouth guard’, along with ‘MIPS’ (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System), and the best airflow in it’s class. Impact protection, airflow, and comfort – and cool colours too!

 

 

The Elite Vigilant Helmet range are Fly’s original helmet designed to maximise styling and comfort. With multi-port ventilation, reduced weight, and enhanced comfort, the Elite Vigilant is built to meet or exceed DOT and ECE 22.05 standards.

 

 

The Lite Hydrogen jersey and pant sets offer unparalleled lightweight performance, comfort, and flexibility. Taking on board feedback from racers, both amateur and professional, Fly continue to develop their best gear to meet the needs of riders. The new Lite Hydrogen pant is now 136grams lighter than last years line. Analyzed to provide maximum flexibility, breathability, and support where needed, the Lite Hydrogen is the original lightweight, minimalist racewear.

 

 

 

To go with their new helmet ranges, Fly have released new racewear in matching colours – the Kinetic range of Shield and Noiz gearsets blend form and function with ultra-durable construction. Made for anyone from the Pro racers to the weekend riders, and yes there is a line for the ladies, the Kinetic range makes a statement!

By comparison, the F-16 racewear sets have a cleaner look, with race-inspired graphics, and a more classic fit and finish. High quality, durable, but still comfortable and stylish, the F-16 sets bring premium features to the track. Whatever look you are wanting, Fly have it covered!

Whether you are a professional or a casual rider, Fly Racing have plenty of solutions for keeping you looking good, while staying comfortable and safe.

Check out their brand new ranges online at Whites Powersports (bits4bikes) or head into your local distributor to update your own gear!

 

 

New Zealand’s best junior motocross talent is gearing up for the 2018 Junior Motocross World Champs. James Scott (age 16), Hayden Smith (17) and Brodie Conolly (14) have been training hard trying to chase the ‘perfect qualifying lap’ as they prepare for the Premier 125cc Class at Horsham.

Currently competing in Europe, at the 125cc European EMX125 Series, James Scott will be flying back to Australia for the FIM Junior World Champs.

The 2018 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship will take place in Horsham, Australia August 25-26.

The track is situated in Horsham, a regional city that is located approximately halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide, has the perfect infrastructure to accommodate an event of this caliber. The venue already has permanent blocks, which will be used for offices, and the pressroom. It also has other great permanent facilities such as toilets, showers, a kitchen and catering area, a medical center, and wash bays.

As for the track, this is something the world’s fastest youngsters can look forward to. With good width for passing, the track will be of a world-class standard and is sure to be a fun challenge for our future stars. There is also a watering system in place which means given the weather is onside; the condition of the track will be perfect.

 

As of yesterday, the covers are officially off the new Fox range for 2019! New gear sets from head to toe, with cool new tech being implemented, and some big names getting in on the R&D and release of the final products. With a huge emphasis on safety as well as style, every rider on every form of off-road bike is taken care of, from the entry level all the way up to the pro riders.

 

 

Some of the tech behind the scenes is pretty impressive, with the one and only Ken Roczen having a hand in research and design for the all new ‘Vue’ goggles, once he had recovered from his accident at the end of 2017. Designed to give the widest field of vision possible, the lens and outrigger system have been completely overhauled to give riders an unobscured view. The ‘Vue’ goggles will officially be launched at A1GP by Roczen.

 

 

The MVRS “Magnetic Visor Release System” has been further developed, which allows the visor to detach from your Fox helmet in the event of a crash. In a nutshell, the visor – or peak, as we know it – is held on by high-strength little magnets, which will prevent the visor digging into the ground and potentially causing a head or neck injury from the roll-over.

 

 

As well as the new safety aspects Fox is bringing into their range, they are releasing a whole swag of new colours, throughout their top, middle, and entry level jerseys and pants. From the bright and colourful sets, to the subtle black and white, there is a colour scheme to suit every rider on any machine. Gloves will also follow suit, with some featuring colours to match the new jersey/pant combinations, as well as new cold weather and water-resistant gloves in the line-up.

 

 

 

New in the 2019 Fox range is the ‘Comp’ boot, to replace the Comp 5. Designed with a modernised fit and function, the aim is to increase rider grip and feel. It features a lower toe box, making gear shifts easier, as well as a new double “Active Locking Strap” system, adjustable to fit any type of shin guard or brace. Internally, the speed lace allows riders to customise the boot fit around the ankle area to their liking, for added comfort.

 

 

All in all, the new range of Fox gear for 2019 is visually appealing, safety conscious, and accessible to all levels of rider. For more information and where you can get the latest new Fox kit, watch out for a full write-up in an upcoming issue of Dirt Rider Downunder magazine!