There’s one thing to be mentioned for familiarity, particularly in motocross. All-new bike platforms usually require further time to get snug on and a few further tweaking is often concerned to seek out a perfect setting. Whereas KTM and Husqvarna went all out in releasing utterly revamped 450 motocross bikes for 2023, GasGas caught with its acquainted and confirmed platform from the previous two years, leaving it utterly unchanged mechanically.
There are upsides and drawbacks to this. Whereas the MC 450F’s chassis is a identified entity that has many constructive qualities, its choked-up engine and gentle suspension setup off the showroom ground depart many riders wanting extra from the crimson Austrian, particularly when evaluating it to such stiff competitors. Nonetheless, it is a motocrosser that has loads going for it and will definitely be a winner for vet riders and people of novice capacity.
2023 GasGas MC 450F Engine
Runs on the Grime Rider dyno confirmed the MC 450F’s peak figures of 53.0 hp at 9,400 rpm and 33.9 lb.-ft. of torque at 7,500 rpm. With these numbers, it sits fourth in peak horsepower, second in most torque, and produces the least horsepower and torque of all of the bikes from 4,000 rpm to six,500 rpm.
Energy supply is mellowest within the class, however very broad. It’s gentle off backside, picks up within the midrange, and revs to the moon. Throttle response is a bit sluggish in comparison with the competitors. In inventory trim, it is a nice engine bundle for novice-level and vet riders because it’s user-friendly and straightforward to regulate. The GasGas can be the one 450 motocross bike to skip any kind of EFI tunability off the showroom ground. It ties the KTM and Husqvarna for having essentially the most engine vibration, which is felt strongly via the handlebar and footpegs.
2023 GasGas MC 450F Suspension
Comfortable is a typical theme on the MC 450F, and that features suspension setup. Valving within the WP Xact 48mm fork is extra compliant than the orange and white Austrian machines. Fork air strain adjustability is advantageous as sooner and heavier riders might want to make it firmer by going above the beneficial inventory setting of 10.7 bar. The power to make fork compression and rebound damping modifications by hand is a comfort everybody can recognize.
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The WP Xact shock’s 42 Nm spring is softer than the 45 Nm spring spec’d on the KTM and Husqvarna, which isn’t effectively suited for many who weigh 175 kilos or extra. We recognize how plush the GasGas’ suspension is, however its spongy and springy setup limits general efficiency.
2023 GasGas MC 450F Chassis/Dealing with
For the second yr in a row, GasGas can declare it has the lightest 450 motocross bike available on the market with its MC 450F hitting our automotive scales at 234 kilos moist. Being spec’d with the 2019–2022 KTM 450 SX-F body and subframe, the identical swingarm because the prior-generation Husqvarna FC 450, and cast triple clamps brings a number of chassis consolation to the crimson Austrian journey. Dealing with is constant and confidence-inspiring with loads of entrance wheel traction.
Why the 2023 GasGas MC 450F Ought to Have Gained
It’s a confirmed platform, the lightest 450 motocross bike on showroom flooring, and options high-end brake and clutch elements.
Why the 2023 GasGas MC 450F Didn’t Win
With modifications to sharpen its energy supply and make the suspension firmer, the GasGas might probably be a prime three finisher, however in a comparability of inventory bikes, it doesn’t swimsuit the widest vary of riders.
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2023 GasGas MC 450F Specs
|Engine:||SOHC, liquid-cooled single-cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke:||95.0 x 63.4mm|
|Grime Rider Measured Horsepower:||53.0 hp @ 9,400 rpm|
|Grime Rider Measured Torque:||33.9 lb.-ft. @ 7,500 rpm|
|Gas System:||EFI w/ 44mm throttle physique|
|Clutch:||Moist, multiplate Damped Diaphragm Metal (DDS); hydraulic actuation|
|Body:||Central double cradle chromoly metal|
|Entrance Suspension:||WP Xact 48mm inverted fork, air strain, compression damping, and rebound damping adjustable; 12.2 in. journey|
|Rear Suspension:||WP Xact shock, spring preload, excessive/low-speed compression damping, and rebound damping adjustable; 11.8 in. journey|
|Entrance Brake:||Brembo 2-piston caliper, 260mm disc|
|Rear Brake:||Brembo 1-piston caliper, 220mm disc|
|Tires, Entrance/Rear:||Maxxis Maxxcross MX-ST; 80/100-21 / 110/90-19|
|Floor Clearance:||14.6 in.|
|Grime Rider Measured Seat Peak:||37.8 in.|
|Gas Capability:||1.8 gal.|
|Grime Rider Measured Moist Weight:||234 lb.|