Coronavirus affects Chinese bike manufacturers

The coronavirus scare has forced Honda and CFMoto Chinese factories to extend their lunar new year production closures.

Honda’s factory mainly produces models for the domestic market.

The CFMoto factory in Hangzhou also makes KTM bikes for the domestic market.

Australian CFMoto importer Mojo Motorcycles says the CFMoto factory is scheduled to return to work later this week.

However, with the increasing shutdown over the spread of coronavirus, this could change.

The CFMoto factory is just outside Shanghai and about 750km from Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

CFMoto and KTM are also building a joint factory in China with an estimated output of more than half a million bikes a year for the world market.

Michael Poynton, director of Australian CFMoto importer Mojo, says the joint factory was progressing well with production planned for the third quarter of this year.

“I believe the first models to be manufactured there will be the new CFMoto 700s (released in Milan) followed by KTM 790s.”

His planned trip to China early this year has been postponed due to the coronavirus situation.

CFMoto future

CFMoto 700CL-X SportCFMoto 7009CL-X

Coronavirus aside, CFMoto has not curtailed its future product development.

We will still be getting the sexy new 700CL-X at the end of this year and it looks like there will be a 250cc race replica as well.

The 700CL-X was unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last November, while the 250SR prototype rolled out last year looks more likely to hit production.

CFMoto 300SR patent designCFMoto 250SR race spec prototype

Several spy shots of production have been revealed in the past few months.

And now patent drawings and a few specifications have been revealed that show there will be both 27.5hp 250SR and 29hp 300SR versions.

The 700CL-X, 250SR and 300SR bikes would join their current Aussie line-up of 150NK ($3490 ride away), 250NK ($4290), 300NK ($4990) and 650NK naked bikes, plus 650MT sports/adventure ($7490) and 650GT tourer ($8490).

For 2020, there are new colour schemes for the 150NK, 300NK ABS and 650NK ABS:

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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