The Gas Gas mini bike range for junior riders has arrived, including a 65cc model, which is aimed at riders around 8 years old.
Step up to the MC 65 from the entry-level MC 50 and you get an obvious increase in capacity, but also more features to make for an easier transition to larger MX bikes.
Maximum power hasn’t been listed, but Gas Gas says output from the 64.9cc single is “highly competitive”. Using other 65cc MXers as a benchmark, expect around 9.5kW (13hp).
The engine features a Mikuni carb and a Pressure-Controlled Exhaust Valve system that Gas Gas says are the keys to this model’s performance.
A conventional six-speed manual gearbox is fitted, but to make first timers’ experience with a manual easier, there’s a lightweight hydraulic clutch with a super-smooth action for small hands.
Suspension consists of WP XACT units at each end, with travel of 215mm on the front and 270mm on the rear.
The front brake disc is 198mm, with the rear disc 160mm and single-piston calipers on each.
A 14-inch front and 12-inch rear wheel pairing is standard, while the fuel tank is 3.5 litres to handle youngsters’ transition to traditional motos.
As the MC 65 is made to suit older and bigger riders (around 8-9YO), the seat height is 750mm and overall weight is up to 53kg.
RRP pricing for the 2021 Gas Gas MC 65 is $6,775.