For the Federal Investigation Bureau agent, see Andreas Sanchez.
Not to be confused with Manchez.
Not to be confused with Manchez.
"Prepare to get even dirtier even faster with the all-new Sanchez. If you want a ride that really leaves a mark on the track, this is the bike for you."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos 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.

Description

The Sanchez remains relatively unchanged in every game it appears in, having the same dirt-bike chassis design, off-road fittings and accessories, along with relatively similar performances. While not particularly fast compared to sport bikes such as the PCJ 600, the soft suspension, high ground clearance and very light weight makes it useful for stunt biking and offroad applications. 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.

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.

Design

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. It uses long telescopic forks, a long mudguard below the lower triple clamp and a round headlight, together with small handlebars with a reinforced frame on the center. The main body features a small protective body frame, a small fuel tank and a black seat, while the engine features a protruding exhaust pipe on the right side. The rear area features a long rear fender with small side covers, along with a red rectangular tail light on the end of the fender and the exhaust muffler below it. The rear wheel is supported by a dual-side swingarm, along with a visible chain drive and sprockets. All renditions spawn in a single color.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Sanchez assumes a more modernized appearance, possibly based on a Honda CRM 250/Yamaha DT 200. This version is largely identical to the GTA Vice City model, but incorporates an upside-down fork and a square-shaped front fairing with a rectangular headlight. The main body appears to feature additional body panels partially covering the engine bay and a longer seat, while the engine features a more detailed texture. The rear fender has larger side covers and the swingarm features a suspension spring. Again, all the bike spawns in a single color, with additional grey textures over the front fairing and the side covers.

It should be noted that all renditions use wire rims and medium-profile tires with knobby treads, although the GTA San Andreas rendition assumes a smoother shape on the wheels.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The bike's design and frame in Grand Theft Auto IV is updated to look more like a later 2000s Japanese dirt bike, such as the 2006-2009 Yamaha YZ450F, 2007 Kawasaki KX450F and the 2007 Honda CRF450X (indicated by the GP-450 markings on the rear side covers).

The Sanchez is mostly similar to the GTA San Andreas model, retaining most of the distinctive features. However, the vehicle assumes an hexagon-shaped front fairing, different side engine covers, a lower cover for protection of the engine bay, covered front transmission sprocket, wider rear side covers and a smaller tail light mounted below the end of the rear fender. The exhaust pipe appears to have carbon-fiber section on the engine bay and the muffler, while the seat bears manufacturer badges on the rear edge. The bike is also decorated with green "Sanchez" markings on the sides, another green marking on the central handlebar frame and brown details on the sides, along with Terroil decals on the front fork legs and the aforementioned "GP-450" markings on the rear side covers.

The bike is prominently painted in a primary color, with the front fork legs, part of the front fairing, the grilled parts over the intercooler and the rear side covers painted in a secondary color. Again, it uses a set of black wire rims with medium-profile tires and knobby treads.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The Sanchez in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars seems to assume a similar design to the one in GTA San Andreas and GTA IV, but lacks any sort of fairing. The bike can be seen in a variety of colors, but lacks any livery.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Sanchez returns in Grand Theft Auto V and appears to be unchanged from GTA IV, but adds two long frames over the swingarm intended for the passenger's foot pegs. Some changes were made to the livery, where the fork legs are permanently white and bears Terroil and Auto Cowboys markings, while the front fairing has a permanent white square above the light and a white "Sanchez" marking below it. The central frame on the handlebars bear a "Maibatsu" marking on the front and the sides appear to use a slightly worn-out livery, consisting of a black paint with yellow "Sanchez" and "GP-450" markings on it. The rear side covers are also permanently white and bear "Maibatsu" markings at the bottom.

Colour distribution is drastically changed, where the primary color is applied on both fenders and the Maibatsu marking on the central frame of the handlebars, while the secondary color is applied on the front fairing, the grilled parts over the intercooler, the outlines of the rear side covers and the markings on the front fork legs and the bottom of the rear side covers. The bike retains the same wheel model as in GTA IV, appearing to be a derivative of the "Wires" rims available in Los Santos Customs.

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Performance

3D Universe

The Sanchez is, handling-wise, excellent, having a great turning cycle, allowing excellent maneuverability.

Judging by the engine model it is likely powered by a single-cylinder engine, with a rather loud and weak engine sound. It is coupled to a 5-speed gearbox, and weighs an average curb weight of 500kg. The bike has the same handling files in all 3D Universe games.

3D Universe


Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 118 / 190 5 Petrol RWD 500 / 1102
Observed
N/A N/A 5 Single Cylinder (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Sanchez has decent acceleration and top speed for a vehicle of its stature. It lacks the power of 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 to compete on courses which have large jumps, as the motorcycle may be unable to finish courses while other vehicles would be able to finish without issue.

The Sanchez is powered by a single-cylinder engine with a displacement of about 450cc (given the "450" marking on the sides), coupled to a 4-speed gearbox. Its engine sound is loud and idle revs are relatively low (being the stereotypical one of an underbone motorcycle). It is also the only bike in the game that uses a kickstart animation upon aboarding the bike, even though when turning the engine over an electric starter motor can be heard.

GTA IV Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 81 / 130 4 N/A RWD 200 / 441
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 450cc (Badging) N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 4 Single Cylinder (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto 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. The Sanchez can climb near-vertical hills, although the more vertical the player goes, the slower the Sanchez will perform.

Again, the Sanchez is powered by a single-cylinder engine with a displacement of about 450cc and coupled to a 4-speed gearbox. The engine sound is similar to the one in GTA IV, albeit with a higher-revving and smoother tone.

GTA V Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
N/A 73 / 118 4 N/A RWD 220 / 485 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 118 / 190 4 450cc (Badging) RWD 220 / 485 N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 4 Single Cylinder (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
Sanchez-GTAV-RSCStats.png
Speed
63.313057%
Acceleration
70%
Braking
36.666668%
Traction
65.15152%

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto V

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online)
Armor No Armor $100 $1,000
Armor Upgrade 20% $500 $3,600
Armor Upgrade 40% $1,250 $6,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $2,000 $9,600
Armor Upgrade 80% $3,500 $16,800
Armor Upgrade 100% $5,000 $24,000
Brakes Stock Brakes $100 $200
Street Brakes $2,000 $4,000
Sport Brakes $2,700 $5,400
Race Brakes $3,500 $7,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $900 $1,800
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $1,250 $2,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $1,800 $3,600
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $3,350 $6,700
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns - -
Lights Stock Lights $100 $100
Xenon Lights $100 $2,000
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $1,000
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors - -
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $800
Transmission Stock Transmission $100 $200
Street Transmission $2,950 $5,900
Sports Transmission $3,250 $6,500
Race Transmission $4,000 $8,000
Turbo None $500 $1,000
Turbo Tuning $2,500 $24,000
Wheels* Main article Los Santos Customs/Wheels - -
* Vehicle is limited to Bulletproof Tires and Tire Smokes.

Image Gallery

Variants

Sanchez (livery)

Grand Theft Auto V & Grand Theft Auto Online
Sanchez-GTAV-front-Shrewsbury.png
The Sanchez (livery) in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)
Description

There is a version of the Sanchez which, as the name suggest, uses a sponsor livery in place of the default respray colors, giving it the look of a competition bike.

Manchez

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories & Grand Theft Auto Online
Manchez-GTAO-front.png
The Manchez in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)
Description

The Manchez, first featured in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, serves as an improved variant of the Sanchez with a rugged exterior and superior performance. It returns to Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Bikers update.

Special Variants

  • 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.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • Booby Prize - This mission involves a Sanchez's race through parts of Portland.
  • Biker Heat - A Sanchez can be found in the alleyway during the cutscene there.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Civil Asset Forfeiture Impound - The Sanchez is one of the 32 vehicles wanted by the Civil Asset Forfeiture Impound in the side-mission of the same name. Placed on the first list.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

VIP Work
  • One to three Sanchezes spawn during Ramped Up. The number depends on how many organization members there are.
Casino Work
  • Appears in Severance, in which the croupier/thief tries to escape using one.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Trivia

General

  • The default radio stations for the Sanchez are:
  • Sánchez (correct form of the surname with accent mark) means "son of Sancho".
  • 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.

3D Universe

  • The Sanchez is the Forelli Family's vehicle of choice in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
  • During the development of GTA Vice City, the Sanchez was simply known as the Dirtbike.
  • In the beta version of GTA San Andreas, the Sanchez had the same design as the GTA Vice City's Sanchez.[1]
  • Strangely, the GTA Vice City and Liberty City Stories iterations of the Sanchez have their tail light texture white, instead of red.

HD Universe

  • The model number "GP-450" of the HD Universe renditions 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).
  • The Sanchez in GTA IV has its headlight always on, regardless of the time of day.
  • In GTA IV, the player can hear the Sanchez spit flames through the exhaust, although the flame is not visible.
  • In GTA IV, the bike is only referred to by the police scanner as Sanchez, omitting the Maibatsu manufacturer.
  • Originally, the bike in GTA V could not be resprayed. This was later changed in the High Life Update.
  • Though it being categorized as a motorcycle, it can also be used in off-road races for GTA Online, unlike the Enduro.

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