Thank the Internet, again. A reader over at Italian moto-mag Moto.it spotted the new GasGas 700 Enduro on the company’s website, which means we now have photos of the high-power dual sport. See above, and below:
Moto.it managed to get those photos off the GasGas website before they were taken down.
What we have is, a bike that looks pretty much like a Husqvarna 701 Enduro or a KTM 690 Enduro, but with some minor tweaks—most notably, shockingly bold red paint. That seems to be the case with most of the GasGas lineup these days: Mechanically, these machines are very similar to KTM’s bikes, but with a slightly lower price tag and a whole lot of scarlet-coloured bodywork (remember, GasGas is now part of the KTM empire, just like Husqvarna).
Expect this to follow the same pattern: The suspension, and maybe the brakes, will be different, but the rest of the bike should be familiar, with a liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that makes a bit better than 70 hp. Traction control and quickshifter should come standard, making for a fun backroad blaster that’s an absolute hoot on open offroad terrain. See last year’s Husqvarna 701 Enduro review here—this GasGas should offer a similar experience.
As well, expect offroad-ready ABS, that you can switch off, or switch into Supermoto mode (with the rear tire able to lock up, and the front tire unable to lock up).
Speaking of supermotos, it seems you can also expect a version of this bike with a17-inch rims both front and rear, and super-sticky tires, based on documents filed with regulators in the US.
The new bike should be revealed in the very near future. When spied on the GasGas website, it was filed under some sort of travel sub-page, which has now disappeared, but the fact that marketeers are getting that page ready indicates we should see the machine unveiled very soon.