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"Get her dirty. She loves it. Cover her with dirt. Take her to vile places she has never been before. Pop wheelies. Get crazy. Woof."
Southernsanandreassuperautos.com description.

The Sanchez is a dirtbike first featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and present in nearly all other Grand Theft Auto games (with the exception of Grand Theft Auto Advance), since then. It is manufactured by Maibatsu in the HD Universe.

Design

The Sanchez remained unchanged in every game it appeared. While having slight tweaks from each game, the Sanchez retained its dirt-bike design and its off-road capabilities. The Sanchez, with its soft suspension, high ground clearance and very light weight is useful for stunt biking and offroad applications, but sacrifices speed (being slower than the PCJ-600). They can be found on the streets of suburban or rural areas, and is also sometimes used in the Stadium(s) in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, as part of side-missions.

3D Universe

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Sanchez assumes the design of an older dirtbike model - possibly an early 80s Yamaha XT/Honda XL, judging by the large round headlight. The Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas rendition features more modernized design cues, giving the bike a sportier appearance. The San Andreas version is probably based on a Honda CRM250, judging by its red color.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The bike's design is updated to look more like a later 2000s Japanese dirt bike in Grand Theft Auto IV (also gaining a newer 4 stroke engine sound), it is still best suited for off-roading. The frame has been updated to reflect the designs of those found on Japanese dirt bikes around the time of the game's setting (2008). The Sanchez is equipped with a permanent daytime running headlight where the headlight is always on regardless of time of day. Like all bikes in GTA IV's single player mode, the Sanchez must be driven with particular caution in traffic to avoid severe injury as the player may easily be dismounted.

The GTA IV Sanchez may be based on the Yamaha YZ450, indicated by the "GP-450" sign at the back, meaning the engine displacement should be around 450cc, plus the fact that it's colored blue. The GTA IV rendition looks similar to the 2006-2009 Yamaha YZ450F, 2007 Kawasaki KX450F and the 2007 Honda CRF450X.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Sanchez returns in Grand Theft Auto V and appears to be unchanged from GTA IV. It also features its livery variants, each one from a specific sponsor. Once again, the bike has badging indicating it is a GP-450.

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Version History Gallery

Performance

3D Universe

The Sanchez is very "nippu", handling wise, having a great turning cycle, allowing excellent manouverability, quite similar to its HD Universe appearances. Judging by the sound, it is likely powered by 4-stroke, single-cylinder engine, taking into consideration its purpose and power. It is coupled to a 5 speed gearbox, and weighs and average curb weight of 500kg.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Sanchez has decent acceleration and top speed for a vehicle of its stature. It lacks the power of the higher end motorcycles, yet is notably lighter and easier to control in unfavorable circumstances. Off-road, the Sanchez is one of the best motorcycles for off-roading, experiencing next to no loss in speed or control when heading off-road. The Sanchez is also a notably good wheelie-ing motorcycle, and benefits strongly from wheelies for speed at higher speeds. However, the motorcycle is notably fragile, taking only a few direct hits before being disabled.

While the Sanchez is a fairly bad choice for racing in the Motorcycles class, the Sanchez is a generally very good choice for racing in the Off-roads class. One has to be careful to avoid hitting anything which may knock them off. However, the Sanchez may not be able compete on courses which have large jumps, as the motorcycle may be unable to finish courses other vehicles would be able to finish without issue.

GTA IV Overview

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4-stroke Single (Sound)

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4
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200 /441 (Handling.dat)


Grand Theft Auto V

Returning to GTA V, the Sanchez's data remains unchanged, bearing an identical top speed and acceleration rate, however, due to GTA V's alterations to handling, the Sanchez is even more agile, and cornering is superb. Pulling wheelies also takes less effort, albeit with more risk of pulling a wheelie too quickly upon set-off, risking the player falling off.

GTA V Overview

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220 / 485 (Handling.dat)

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Modifications (GTA V)

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Image Gallery

Screenshots (GTA V)

Variants

Sanchez-GTAIV-Badges

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Black Sanchez

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City there are three unique Black Sanchez dirt bikes that appear in the side mission "Trial By Dirt". While the player races around the dirt track with the Sanchez, Three black Sanchez dirt bikes chase the player. Rather than use guns, the Haitian riders wield Machetes, but are relatively easy to kill. These bikes appear around half way around the first lap, though obtaining one of these bikes is easy if the player waits on the spot upon beginning the mission. The player can then prepare for the arrival of the Haitians. The Black Sanchez's speed and handling are the same as its normally-colored counterparts.

A similar Sanchez with unique black paint job can be found in The Ballad of Gay Tony during Armando Torres' mission "Clocking Off".

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Manchez

The Manchez, featured in GTA Liberty City Stories, serves as an improved variant of the Sanchez with a rugged exterior and superior performance.

Grand Theft Auto V

There are five liveries on the Sanchez in GTA V:

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Parked across the road in front of the Washington Beach safehouse and parked near the Lighthouse (Automatically activates Land Sea and Air Ace mission)
  • At the dirtbike tracks (Automatically activates Sanchez timing trials mission).
  • In the trailer park next to the fence in the east part of the park. It will be found next to a caravan.
  • In some shacks in Little Haiti where Auntie Poulet's house is located.
  • Parked in an alley in Little Havana.
  • At the first safehouse, can bought for $1000, note that this is bullet-proof (PS2 version).
  • Parked next to the building window across the street to The Clymenus Suite safehouse.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Trivia

  • The model number "GP-450" over the rear fender of the GTA IV rendition of the Sanchez is similar in format to the names of other sport-bikes in the GTA series (including the PCJ-600, BF-400, HPV-1000, FCR-900, NRG-500 and NRG-900). This indicates that the engine is most likely a 450cc single-cylinder.
  • In GTA San Andreas, as it may be based on a classic American dirtbike, the Sanchez along with the Freeway are the only American based motorcycles in the game.
  • Sánchez (correct form of the surname with accent mark), meaning "son of Sancho", is a very common Spanish name with some deformations in America like Sanchez or Sanches. Sánchez is the 5th most popular surname in Spain, 10th in Argentina and 52nd in the United States.
  • The Sanchez is the Forelli Family's vehicle of choice in GTA: Vice City
  • In GTA IV, you can hear the Sanchez spit flames through the exhaust, although the flame is not visible.
  • The GTA IV rendition features Terroil decals on the front suspension fork.
  • The default radio stations for the Sanchez are:
  • In the beta version of GTA San Andreas, the Sanchez had the same design as GTA Vice City's Sanchez.[1]
  • The Sanchez's name, along with the fact that it is a dirt bike, may be a reference to "Dirty Sanchez", which is a slang term for a sex act associated with coprophilia.
  • The Gangstar video games series for the iOS, mostly based on the GTA games, features a dirt bike with the same name and appearance.
  • In GTA IV, the Sanchez is the only bike in the game without an electric starter. It is started by a kickstart instead, even though when turning the engine over an electric starter motor can be heard.
  • In the HD Universe, the Sanchez's engine sound is similar to the stereotypical of an underbone motorcycles.
  • The Sanchez (livery) is one of four vehicles, along with the PCJ-600 (once modified), Zentorno and Dune Buggy, to have no number plate. This means it cannot legally be driven on the road, though the lack of number plate is probably explained by its main purpose as an off-road vehicle.
  • In GTA V, the Sanchez can climb up to 70 degrees, although the more vertical the player goes, the slower the Sanchez will perform.
  • As of The High Life Update, flat-colored Sanchez can now be resprayed.
  • Though it being categorized as a motorcycle it can also be used in off-road races for GTA Online making quite dominant in the off-road class, unlike the Enduro.

References

  1. Beta Sanchez

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