It might be our biggest capacity and most powerful enduro bike ever, but make no mistake, the EC 500 motor makes this big-bore steed a blast to ride! All of the latest engineering techniques have been utilized to build this lightweight, SOHC motor to make sure it creates a super smooth spread of power. And trust us, it's smooooth!
CYLINDER AND PISTON
Engineered for performance, the cylinder and bridged-box-type CP piston combine to create impressive torque and peak power. And with both components professionally engineered from high strength aluminum, you can be assured that reliability is never in question.
There's a lot packed into this SOHC cylinder head! Light and compact, it's designed to deliver the best enduro performance possible. The intake ports are machined to pump up the torque numbers while a fine-punched cam chain and Diamond Like Carbon coated rocker arm are used for maximum reliability.
COUNTER BALANCER SHAFT
The EC 500F motor uses a compact, multifunctional counter balancer shaft to counteract the rotational force of the crankshaft. Reducing any unwanted vibrations, it also drives the water pump and timing chain.
Low in weight and super-strong, the crankcases have a thin-wall design, which is made possible by using a high-pressure die cast production process. Within the crankcases, all moving parts are positioned to centralize mass. This plays a big role in making this bike a blast to ride!
The crankshaft inside the EC 500F is key to the motor delivering great traction and enhanced rideability, as well as helping to make sure the bike is super agile between the trees. Benefitting from long service intervals, a plain big end bearing comprising two force-fitted bearing shells ensures maximum reliability and durability.
Using a compact design to deliver better action and improved durability, the EC 500F uses a Dampened Diaphragm Steel (DDS) clutch, together with a hydraulic Braktec system. Ensuring riders have total control at all times, a single diaphragm steel pressure plate is used instead of traditional coil springs, which together with a damping system delivers better traction and durability.
A new, enduro-specific, 6-speed wide-ratio Pankl Racing Systems transmission is super durable and reliable, and allows you to take on both the slowest and fastest types of terrain in total confidence. The transmission is now even easier to shift thanks to a few refinements to the shifting mechanism while a new gear lever prevents dirt from building up.
Fast is fun but quite often in enduro, you'll need to slow down in a real hurry! This is precisely why all GASGAS enduro bikes are fitted with the latest high quality BRAKTEC brake calipers and controls. With a 260mm disk up front and a 220mm disk at the rear, braking performance is seriously impressive, which inspires riders to push harder, ride faster, and brake later.
BRAKTEC HYDRAULIC CLUTCH
The Braktec hydraulic clutch system we fit to all GASGAS enduro bikes provides even wear, near maintenance-free operation, and perfect action - even in the toughest of enduro conditions. It's also extremely light, which means less fatigue, especially through technical sections. Free play is constantly adjusted to ensure the biting point never changes and for 2024, there's a redesigned lever for a little bit more comfort.
A cool running motor is a well performing motor, which is why all GASGAS enduro bikes feature a cooling system designed for maximum efficiency. It also eliminates the need for additional hoses while the slim design of the radiators ensures a narrower bike with class-leading ergonomics. Expertly crafted using high strength aluminum, the radiators are mounted close to the center of gravity for the best possible handling.
Built to take a beating, our wheels are ready to play rough. No matter how heavy the landing or how rough the track is, the silver, CNC machined hubs, lightweight spokes, and high-strength EXCEL rims deliver maximum strength and durability for complete peace of mind.
One of the only components carried over from the outgoing generation of GASGAS enduro bikes are the Maxxis MaxxEnduro tires. Need to know why? Because they work so well on a wide variety of terrain and they're super-durable too. After all, who likes changing tires?
Rounding out the changes to the updated bodywork is the all-new LED headlight. Brighter by almost 3 times, it really lights the way when day turns to night. And should either the mask or light get damaged, the new two-piece design lets you replace only what's broken.
ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - EMS
Small, light, and fast at processing data! The Engine Management System is constantly measuring, calculating, and optimizing how the motor is running and adjusts accordingly, which means you can focus on the trail ahead. After all, that's what enduro is all about, right? Plus, as crashes are part and parcel of riding offroad, there's a new rollover sensor that stops the motor if the bike goes upside down, which in enduro can, and often does, happen!
The EC 500F uses a 42mm Keihin throttle body with its injectors positioned to ensure the most efficient flow of fuel mixture into the combustion chamber. But what's most important to all riders is the fact that the direct cable mounting system ensures an immediate throttle response.
MAP SELECT SWITCH
Sometimes in enduro, you'll want a different style of power delivery, depending on the terrain or just because you like to set your bike up a certain way. Our redesigned Map Select Switch, available now from your local GASGAS dealer, makes that possible. Offering Traction Control for maximum grip on slippery terrain, there's also the Quickshifter that makes sure you never miss an all-important upshift. Plus, there're two maps to choose from. Map 1 is mellow, and Map 2 is more direct. The Map Select Switch is super easy to fit and really spices up enduro for riders of all abilities.
Simplifying everything electrical, the new Offroad Control Unit replaces all the old school relays and fuses. You'll find the OCU under the seat to keep it safe and sound and in the unlikely event that an electrical component on the bike registers a problem, a corresponding LED changes from green to red. This way, you can quickly diagnose the issue, get it sorted, then get back to riding!
The best invention since the wheel! With an electric starter fitted, this GASGAS starts super easily every single time you hit that start button. Using a Li-Ion battery, which weighs approx. 1kg less than a conventional lead battery, we can offer the convenience of electric starting while also keeping overall bike weight to a minimum. It's a win, win for everyone!