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06 Gas Gas FSE 450 and new FSE 500 almost here

Author: Garry Morrow

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Gas Gas has introduced a great number of innovations for 2006, both regarding the evolution of some market leading products and the introduction of new models in the bike and quad category.
The new FSE dash board
The new 2006 Gas Gas range will start its production in the second half of 2005, with the first of the four stroke FSE models set to arrive in Australia in November. Through the close collaboration of the Technical Office, the competition departments and the Product Engineering Department; Gas Gas have designed a range which further highlights the technical performance and dynamic riding quality of its range through the reduction of weight and the increase in their quality regarding mechanical elements and finish. One of the aspects the Gas Gas technicians have also worked hard on in the new range is to make them more environmentally friendly. This applies specifically to the two stroke models but the Technical Department have also been working non-stop on the current and future 4 stroke Gas Gas machines. The red FSE 450 and new FSE 500 are at the core of Gas Gas's 4-stroke enduro range. Both bikes feature a great number of new elements for 2006, apart from their new styling. This new range improves its characteristics both regarding the engine and frame, achieving an excellent balance between both elements. The enduro 4-stroke Gas Gas bikes, the FSE 450 and 500 ‰ÛÒ and their corresponding Supermotard versions ‰ÛÒ have undergone a deep engine revision so as to increase their power, performance and torque across the rev range. The first point is the engine stroke reduction, which results in 23% more torque and more power at higher revs. The 450 now has a bore size of 97mm and stroke of 60.8mm (previously 95x62.6mm) with a single compression ring, and new camshafts that also help boost power. In the lower part of the engine, a new crankshaft ‰ÛÒ balanced in order to reduce vibration and momentum ‰ÛÒ and wet sump join a revised lubrication system, featuring a 20% larger oil pre-filter. It also features a lighter exhaust system with aluminium muffler and revised kick-starter gearing. The APTC (Slipper) clutch remains a standard fitment from the previous model. In the chassis department there are slightly harder suspension settings, with an Ohlins monoshock system at the rear and upside-down Marzocchi fork at the front. The riding position, with variable-diameter handlebar, helps to lower the centre of gravity allowing for easy movement on the motorcycle. The new frame tubing profile gives it higher torsional stiffness and less weight. ENGINE
  • New shorter stroke engine with 23% more torque and increased top end power.
  • Wet sump crankcase that removes many oil hoses.
  • A revised oil system with a new oil pump and a 20% larger oil pre-filter that is also 600 times finer than previously.
  • New cylinder and piston diameters.
  • New camshafts for more performance across the rev range.
  • New cylinder head and crankcase castings.
  • The cylinder is moved forward for better piston geometry and easier starter.
  • New Connecting rod.
  • New kickstarter gearing for easier starting.
  • New Aluminium exhaust system.
CHASSIS
  • New frame tube profile for increased torsional rigidity.
  • New stronger sub-frame with easier fitting.
  • Reduced seat height.
  • Revised front suspension settings, firmer and more stable under braking to reduce diving.
  • Revised rear suspension settings, firmer and more progressive for increased stability.
  • New ‰Û÷Acewell‰Ûª electronic speedo with multiple functions to provide more information and features R.P.M counter and a light blue backlight for better visibility.
  • New variable diameter handlebars for improved comfort and strength.
  • A new clutch lever with quick adjustment.
  • The hydraulic clutch now uses mineral oil for greater reliability and lubrication of seals.
  • New front disc rotor for increased braking performance.
  • New radiator for more efficient cooling.
  • New stronger and more flexible skid plate.
  • New graphics and turn-signals.
The 2006 FSE450 will be available from Dealers in November with the price remaining unchanged at $12,699.00. ANNOUNCING THE FSE500

A new step in the Gas Gas model range for 2006 is the inclusion of the FSE500 to the Spanish Marques lineup The FSE500 will share similar engine and chassis specifications as its FSE450 stable mate, but has a bore and stoke size of 97mm x 68mm to give it a capacity of 502.5cc. More details which will include pricing and a release date are yet to be confirmed.

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