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Fantic’s winning line-up for 2023

Italian brand Fantic says that its aim is “to produce motorcycles designed to win every race in every situation, guaranteeing every rider the quality of a factory-built bike due to the sharing of knowledge from the racing division to standard production.”

To bring that ethos to fruition, the Fantic MX two-stroke range has been extensively renewed ready for the 2023 season. The airbox has been redesigned to improve airflow, and filters can now be changed without the need for tools. The XX125 and 250 models have a semi-double cradle aluminium frame weighing 8kg with Kayaba SSS (Speed Sensitive System), 48mm closed-cartridge, pressurised forks and rear mono shock. Both models come with two engine mapping settings as standard, accessed from the handlebars. The 125 benefits from a solenoid-controlled power jet, and rider ergonomics are also improved with new side panels, tank and seat units.

The MY2023 XX250, which can now run with the four-strokes in the EMX250 European Motocross Championship, also benefits from some ergonomic updates including a new 8-litre tank.

The four-stroke XXF 250 and XXF450 models share an engine design with a reversed, backwards-sloping cylinder head and AluFrame for maximum performance. The Fantic e-Package includes personalised mapping with the WiGET app, which can be set by smartphone. Additionally, the app can also read the bike’s hour meter, add service notes, get diagnostics and view engine data in real-time. These models are also fitted with the Kayaba SSS suspension and Arrow silencers.

Three models comprise the Fantic Racing Enduro range. The XE125 two-stroke has been thoroughly revamped for 2023 with a new motor, while the XEF250 and XEF450 four-strokes are retained. The XE125 is derived from the successful junior motocross bike and is described as a ‘pocket rocket’ while managing to hang on to its Euro 5 certification.

Like the motocross models, the four-stroke, XEF250 and 450 models are equipped with Kayaba suspension and WiGET adjustable engine mapping. Fantic claims a healthy 55hp output for the 450. Both models come as standard with handguards and bash plates.

So, reading between the lines, Fantic is saying that with its MY 2023 models it will be hitting the ground running. As ever, most of the models will be available by the end of this year.

To get some perspective on the 2023 range, I spoke with Dean Clements of Clements Moto, the UK Fantic importer.

“We bring in everything that Fantic makes, including the 2023 model range of 125/250 two-stroke and a 250/450 four -stroke motocross bikes, plus 125 two-stroke and 250/450 four-stroke enduro machines. Coming a bit later will be the XE300. This model currently competes in EnduroGP and is based on the Yamaha YZ250, but the model that gets launched on to the market will be a 300 with electric start, so that will hopefully be a big seller for us.

“Also in the final stages of refinement is the XEF450 Rally, which competed in the Dakar this year. Two versions will be available, one for the clubman with all the electronic aids and the other a full-blown Dakar bike. They will be available in limited runs and some dealers have already put their hands up to secure one; whether they’ll cough up remains to be seen. These will be officially launched later in the year.”

 

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