Gas Gas, known throughout the world mostly as a trials bike manufacturer, also has some serious off-road weaponry. Our contributor gets his first taste of it in race conditions. Check out how this bike held up in our 2006 Gas Gas 300 DE Race Test.
- Checkpoint’s power-valve cover increases volume for added low-end, enhancing the 300’s ridability. Also visible here is the aluminum CRD skid plate/frame guard.
- The Renthal Fat Bar in Tag’s mounts felt comfortable and provided good control. Moose’s guards protected the hands well while the bar pad added peace of mind. Also visible here are the G2 Ergonomics red TCS and the ignition switch (next to it) on 'rain' mode. It’s easy to move about on the bike due
- In the woods the mellower power delivery of the Gas Gas with the ignition in the 'rain' mode in conjunction with the G2 Ergonomics Throttle Cam System (using cam 400Y) was a welcomed feature.
- The 45mm Marzocchi fork performed well, though Hayes said he would've sprung it slightly stiffer to accommodate the author's riding style after watching him. DP supplied the brake pads and solid rear rotor.
- We got a chance to try out the 2006 Gas Gas 300 DE from Keytime Motorcports during the next-to-last round in the Parts Unlimited Off-road Motorcycle and ATV Nationals near Morrison, Illinois.
- While the Gas Gas 300 DE is a good machine out of the box, Keytime’s assembly and personalization make it better for the end user. Our test bike had nearly every option available simply to show them off, not because they’re absolutely necessary.