Gas Gas SM 400

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Gas Gas SM 400

Sometimes when reviewing bikes it’s a little to find something special. So I was offered the use of a pretty rare Gas Gas 400 SM I jumped at the chance.

Supermotards their origins as off road bikes modified for road use 17” wheels and more powerful in 1970s US racing where were raced on tracks surfaces that varied loose surfaces and blacktop.

It the Europeans, however, to make popular on the road where enduro bikes modified to be legal, fitting lights and to satisfy the powers that be changing much more, in making a full competition one of the most fun urban motorcycles of all

Since then several of the manufacturers have developed from the ground up. KTM make an series called the SM range engine sizes from to 990s, BMW have released the GS derived Megamoto and Ducati the Hypermotard. All of these machines designed as street bikes by these early modified bikes.

The GAS GAS remains true to its origins, at the of manufacture the full competition bike and the supermoto were alongside each other and identical in power and size as as sharing many common

Parked up the bike packs a amount of menace, its minimal work and high seat 940mm, certainly make it intimidating. It’s only to being a road bike it’s 17” wheels. The motorcross is complete throughout with a set in to an mx number board like a enduro machine.

Everything on the SM is the clocks are a very small affair which sit beside the balanced by a set of … lights are hidden behind the number The entire assembly would to be on the bike simply to satisfy the of the road traffic act, underway it becomes very The build quality of the machine is fuel injection is by Magnetti and the front and rear suspension are by and Ohlins respectively.

Both are, of course, adjustable.

Once on board relieved to find that it has an start with a fast choke in addition to the kick so I don’t need to embarrass with trying to turn the over manually. I always it difficult as I crack myself on the with a high compression when the owner of the bike is beside me and I appreciate the Gas Gas’ to spare me this most of humiliations on this occasion.

The is high, the wheel base and the rake of the front forks so even with less 50 bhp this 119 kilo motorcycle can be intense. This intensity is by the lack of mirrors and the weedy horn. I really do feel I’m on my own here.

After spending some on the bike I start to adapt to way of thinking – it’s power to ratio, noisy exhaust, and all bad attitude make it quite the toy. That being the Gas Gas SM is an honest bike. What you see is you get, there certainly any ABS or traction control here.

If looking for power take off luggage and a windscreen you’ll to look elsewhere.


Riding town, once I’ve used to doing proper checks to compensate for the lack of the SM is somewhat of a giant …. is quick enough off the lights and through the traffic is made simple due to its light weight and wheel base. Filtering and around the front of and behind can be done feet up with there are not a lot of machines that can go this does.

At one point I was slicing through locked Dublin traffic as much ease as a seasoned I can see what those canny were at with their Honda XRs back in the day.

One of the of the aspects of this machine is of it’s light weight and suspension travel it’s a joy to lane on, in spite of the road and tyres it really hasn’t its off road origins behind. And I didn’t embarrass myself, it look like the type of that going to have any weathering a few knocks and bruises.

Most of the supermotards on the market days are 650s or similar and the GAS GAS is a smaller bike with its single cylinder engine. Out on the its undeniably hard work its lack of a screen, poor and low power, but if you’re taking one of out on the M50 you’re missing the point. that a Supermotard is no good on a is a bit like bemoaning the fact BMWs S1000RR doesn’t with heated grips.

more appropriate, and fun, is to the bike through the city. Its low means that its a lot of fun to ride at legal speeds and its long soaks up potholes and sunken covers.

In conclusion, other Suzuki’s DRZ400 there a lot in the market place like and because of the low power engine, actually learner legal. on what way you ride it it can either be one of the stylish novice bikes on the or and hand grenade looking for a A bike like this 2003 can be bought from a for as little as €2,500 and costs little to run. A big thanks to Hayes from Megabikes for use of the on test.

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