NEW GAS GAS LINE
SPANISH ELECTRIC START The most sought-after Gas Gas model in the U.S. is the electric-start 300 two-stroke. It’s a bike made for the ugliest conditions, and Gas Gas has had impressive success in Europe’s Hard Enduro series.
NEW MAXXIS RUBBER Maxxis announces the availability of the new Maxxcross MX IT! The Maxxcross MX IT is a fully featured, inter- mediate motocross tire with technologies including a dual-compound tread pattern with long and varied tread pitches. The front MX IT tire features Maxxis’ standard IT compound for the base of the knobs, with a soft-cap layer of rubber across the center to absorb vibration and enhance braking traction. The rear tire’s center tread knobs feature a softer compound than the shoulders for traction while maintaining stability when leaning. 2014 SUZUKI V-STROM? Suzuki’s all-new DL1000 V-Strom “concept” looks surprisingly like a production vehicle. The original, big, fuel-injected, dual-overhead-cam V-twin TL1000 engine appears to still be used, but is held by a new twin-spar aluminum frame supported by upgraded, inverted adjustable forks. In general, Suzuki’s new concept bike appears to have followed in the BMW GS’ footsteps with an adventure bike look and feel.
GAS GAS 125 The Gas Gas EC125 is one of those cool bikes that you’ll never ride. Probably. It’s one of sev- eral bikes in the European line that aren’t imported to the U.S. Our market for 125cc off-road bikes just isn’t that big.
RACING TWO-STROKE Gas Gas had a new chassis for its two-stroke models last year, but the engi- neers weren’t told to stop working. The 2014 frame is new again; actually, it’s a refinement of the current frame. It’s said to be about 5 pounds lighter, which is good news, because excessive weight was the machine’s worst fault.
YAMAHA ALLIANCE In Europe you can get a Gas Gas four-stroke with a Yamaha motor. The various exchange rates involved don’t make it viable to sell these models in the U.S. Plus, we’re not sure if Yamaha Motors U.S. would be happy about the arrangement. HONDA CRF125 Honda’s all-new CRF125F is designed to fit a wide range of riders. Sized between the CRF110 and CRF125F Big Wheel, it’s perfect for young riders and smaller adults who just want to get out on the trails and have fun. It features an electric-start, 125cc, single-over- head-cam, air-cooled engine with a four-speed transmission. The retail cost starts at $2799.