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Old 09-01-2009, 07:23 PM   #1
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2010 Gas Gas EC450 Desert

I searched as best I could but couldn't find a thread on this. Supposed to be coming to the US in 2010. Discuss....

EC 450 Desert

Cylinder size 449 cc
Type 4-stroke single cylinder with 4-valve cylinder head.
Cooling system Liquid
Bore x stroke 97x60.8mm
Ignition Integrated in the injection system
Fuel System Electronic injection (Battery less EFI)
Clutch Multidisc hydraulic operated AJP
Gearbox 6 gears.

Frame Deltabox build with Cromoly "B" tubes
Front suspension 48 mm upside-down Marzocchi fork, 290 mm travel
Rear suspension One-piece aluminium swing arm progressive system with
Sachs shock absorber, 320 mm travel
Front brake 260mm. disc, double-piston caliper Nissin.
Rear brake 220mm. disc, single-piston caliper Nissin.
Front tire 90x90 - 21" Michelin
Rear tire 140x80 - 18" Michelin
Kick starter Forged aluminium.

Wheelbase 1465 mm
Seat Height 940 mm
Minimal ground clearance 370 mm
Fuel tank capacity 17 liters
Mass 133 Kg
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:41 PM   #2
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I like it, not allot of fairing, looks lean. Hell why not, seems like a good move for GASGAS.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:38 PM   #3
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I've never quite understood the point of dakar-like fairings (well, for use other than long distance ralleys) on dirt bikes, but it looks mighty cool! I'm afraid I'd have all that pretty stuff broken off in short order though

Nearly four and a half gallons of fuel is pretty sweet for a stock bike. I imagine the fairing and low fender would make it better on the road than most dirt bikes - why you'd wanna ride a dirt bike on the road though... Perhaps it'd be a great mostly-off-road touring bike, like something to ride from San Diego to Cabo and back:)

I do hope that weight figure is wet weight, ready to ride with full fuel, otherwise it may be a bit on the porky side.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:58 PM   #4
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Looks really sweet!.....Now if it were something a bit more,well Yamahaish.....
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:00 PM   #5
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The smaller ones have Yamaha engines.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:19 PM   #6
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Looks good, but everything looks designed to be a light single tracker like the KTM 450 (huge clearance, narrow seat, knobbies etc..), if that is the case why have a huge front faring?

I like how it looks, but dont see it as a trail or touring ride...? Personally I prefer the Yammy, but I havent seen either in person.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:21 PM   #7
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:23 PM   #8
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4 1/2 gallons where? maybe 3 or 2.5
The little wings on the tank appear to be just wings.
I see something that looks like an inlet tract going to an airbox under the seat.
Gotta have a battery, likely under the seat.
Not much fuel there with the other stuff in the way.
It just looks like a mx bike with a rally fairing and low fender.
Must be for those small euro deserts?
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Old 09-02-2009, 06:38 PM   #9
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Looks like a pretty cool Dual Sport bike.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:58 PM   #10
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That fairing from the side looks like it has a hard on.
Same too, cause I really like the GasGas in he past I've had a chance to ride.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:06 AM   #11
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I was just drooling over one of those the other day. If I could afford it I'd almost be willing to give up my Husky for one. I wonder what the rear subframe is like.
For anyone who doesn't understand the low fender or the fairing position the bike says "Desert" not "Single Track Special". This bike is meant to be ridden at speed.

The low fender keeps road crap from flinging up off the front tire and out in front of the bike at speed. This problem is compounded with greater suspension travel and a larger gap between the tire and the fender. When this happens you ride right back into your own airborn muck and lose both your headlights and your vision from the debris. I tried to make a low fender work on my Husky but it has to be far enough away from the tire that it doesn't clog with mud and would be crushed on the lower triple clamp when the suspension bottomed. If it would have worked I'd have a low fender today.

The fairing position is like that for a reason. With a fixed fairing it needs to be far enough away from the triple clamps & handle bars to allow a full lock turn as well as allow for instrumentation as mentioned before. The angle needs to be correct so wind goes over your helmet. This helps with fatigue as well as keeps airborn crap out of your face. I'll take this setup over nothing in a 50mph headwind any day.

Here's an experiment I did with my Husky for the very reasons I mentioned above. You can see how far the fairing (from a 950 KTM) sticks out.

Here's another Gas Gas to drool over. Don't know if I'd want to trust my nuts on that seat front though. More pics here

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Old 09-02-2009, 12:18 PM   #12
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:37 PM   #13
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I like it but...

If it ain't street legal, it ain't gonna happen. These days there isn't much of the desert southwest that can be ridden without a plate. This is an increasing trend with Arizona recently joining in the restrictions. Plus, I'm too old and too short to be kick starting anything, particularly in the des.

Adding a battery and starter will increase weight significantly, and at that point, weight may be an issue when compared to what's available from KTM, Husky and others.

That said, what a beeeeoooootifuul machine!
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:16 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by nugget
If it ain't street legal, it ain't gonna happen.
I don't know about emissions, but it does have headlights & turn signals, so chances are it'll be street legal.
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:47 PM   #15
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its got an electric start (look behind cylinder) and its street legal (indicators)
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