The Gas Gas Ranger is an interesting addition to the Spanish two stroke line up. It falls within the hybrid category - enduro bikes that have a slight trials influence. So it's a bit lighter than the EC300, a tighter turning circle, lower seat height, softer suspension, and tuned for grunt instead of top end. UPDATE: KTM has bought into Gas Gas, the original Gas Gas models will continue (with some changes) under the new name of Rieju in Spain... see below for more info. The result? A bike that's suitable for less experienced riders, or those more into slower harder terrain. Previously the main bike in this category was the Beta Xtrainer. In some respects the Gas Gas Ranger is better, with superior suspension and better handling at speed. But the Gas Gas also weighs a few more kilograms and has a bit less punch at low revs, something that might sway the serious hard enduro style riders. Some good news, there's been a lot of debate because Gas Gas websites have been showing the Ranger is 2kg heavier than the EC250 and EC300, when of course it should be lighter. We put both bikes on our industrial scales and found the Ranger is somewhere between two and three kg lighter (not exact due to accessories fitted). GAS GAS WILL CONTINUE BUT UNDER A NEW NAME The original Gas Gas models with continue with some changes. Rieju in Spain has bought the intellectual and industrial property used to build GasGas enduro models which will continue under the RIEJU brand. https://adbmag.com.au/editorial/rieju-to-manufacture-enduro-models-on-gasgas-platform/ The investment made by RIEJU will see the GasGas 300 two-stroke as we know it today manufactured under the RIEJU brand at its plant in Figueres, Spain. Distribution of new bikes will start in June. Rumours are circulating that suggest RIEJU is currently updating the platform to modernise a few key aspects including relocating the starter motor. Jordi Riera, CEO of RIEJU, S.A. said “This agreement allows RIEJU an immediate presence in the off-road competition segment with larger capacity machines than usual for Rieju, as well as a significant expansion of our client portfolio, and important openings to new markets. We are very excited for this new adventure and the enormous challenge that this entails. We have enormous experience in our design, manufacture and distribution structure, so we are convinced that this project will be a success for our company." RIEJU was founded in 1934 and currently manufactures more than 12,000 motorcycles annually in its facilities in Figueres near Barcelona and exports 85% of its production to more than 40 countries. It’s known for producing small-to-mid capacity scooters, trailbikes and roadbikes.