During the press event, held in late June, I also got a first ride on an eighth model, which was under embargo until August 1 and will be available in “late winter” as a 2023 model. The embargo has come and gone, so I can now talk about the 800 ADVentura. (When I asked one of CFMOTO USA’s reps how to pronounce the name, he said “add-ventura” rather than “A-D-V-entura,” which is a mouthful.)
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Given American tastes for large motorcycles and the popularity of adventure bikes, the 800 ADVentura is the CFMOTO model that’s most likely to resonate with U.S. buyers. As described in my 2022 lineup review, CFMOTO established a partnership with KTM back in 2014, and soon after began producing KTM 200/390 Dukes for the Chinese market. In 2018, CFMOTO and KTM broke ground on a joint venture production facility in China.
Given the cozy relationship between CFMOTO and KTM, it’s no surprise that CFMOTO’s top-of-the-line model is powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 799cc parallel-Twin borrowed from the previous-generation KTM 790 Adventure, which makes a claimed 95 hp and 57 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with throttle-by-wire, it has two ride modes (Sport and Rain) and cruise control.
The 800 ADVentura has a chromoly-steel frame, fully adjustable KYB suspension (front/rear travel is 6.3/5.9 inches), 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels, and J. Juan triple-disc brakes with cornering ABS. It has a 5-gallon fuel tank, full LED lighting, and a 7-inch TFT display.
Two versions of the 800 ADVentura will be offered, an “S” (Street) model with cast wheels and a “T” (Terrain or Touring, you decide) model with spoked wheels. The T is also equipped with a quickshifter, a tire-pressure monitoring system, a steering damper, a skid plate, crash bars, handguards, and a centerstand. Claimed curb weight is 496 lb for the S and 509 lb for the T.
There was only one bike at the launch, an 800 ADVentura T, and it was hogged by everyone. I managed to get in a few laps, just enough to realize its potential. The 800 ADVentura has the wide, flat seat and comfortably upright seating position with generous legroom that we’ve come to expect from adventure bikes, and is part of what makes them so popular (unless you are short of inseam, of course).
When you’re on a closed circuit, as we were on the Minnesota Highway Safety & Research Center’s 1.2-mile, 6-turn paved road course with a one-third-mile front straight, it’s only natural to give the whip to whatever you’re riding. With the 800 ADV-T in Sport mode, I pinned the throttle and felt it surge forward with gusto.
I was the 509-lb gorilla on a track shared with wee Papios and playful 300s, so I used the 800’s wide handlebar to give a wide berth to other bikes and slice my way through the two chicanes made of traffic cones. Cornering ABS gave me the confident to dive deep into turns and trail brake to scrub off speed, and the J. Juan binders did my bidding without complaint. The 800 ADV-T handled with confidence and poise, and I was sorely tempted to exit the track and hit the road.
At the end of the day, after indulging in the gluttonous BBQ buffet laid out by Big Mo Cason (who drove all the way from Des Moines, Iowa, to cater the event) and a midafternoon downpour that drenched the track, I spent my last dozen or so laps of the day staring at the back of the 800 ADVentura. John Burns, who writes for Motorcycle.com and looks like Willie Nelson in high-viz gear, had grabbed the 800’s key and I did my best to chase him down on a 700CL-X.
I outweigh JB by 50 lb, probably 55 after hoovering two plates of brisket, mac-n-cheese, slaw, and cornbread at lunch, so my meat sack in the saddle knocked a big dent in the 700CL-X’s 83-lb weight advantage. Factor in the 800’s 21-hp upper hand over the 700 (95 hp vs. 74), however, and you’ve looking a pretty even odds. Lap after lap I’d close in on John, but I could never quite catch him. Burns got in way more laps on the 800 ADV-T than I did, and he can write – and ride – circles around me, so check out his review over at MO if you desire more depth and entertainment.
Overall, the 800 ADVentura felt solid, responsive, and – not surprisingly given the origin of its engine – on par with similar offerings from Europe. We look forward to getting more seat time for a more in-depth evaluation.
2023 CFMOTO 800 ADVentura Specs
Base Price: $9,499 (S model) Price as Tested: $10,499 (T model) Website:CFMOTOusa.com Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel-Twin, DOHC w/ 4 valve per cyl. Displacement: 799cc Bore x Stroke: 88.0 x 65.7mm Horsepower: 95 hp @ 9,250 rpm (claimed, at the crank) Torque: 57 lb-ft @ 8,000 rpm (claimed, at the crank) Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch Final Drive: Chain Wheelbase: 60.3 in. Seat Height: 32.5 in. Wet Weight: 509 lb Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gals.
Teased back in March, Can-Am finally unveiled two all-electric motorcycles during a global product reveal on August 7 at the annual Club BRP event. The models include the Can-Am Origin dual-sport and Can-Am Pulse streetbike, both slated to launch in mid-2024.
Detailed specs for the Origin and Pulse will not be released until August 2023, but BRP provided images of the futuristic-looking machines and company reps did a walk-around of the two prototypes during a virtual media briefing.
“Today, our story of innovation reaches new heights,” said José Boisjoli, President and CEO of BRP, at Club BRP 2023. “We have set out to reclaim our motorcycle heritage and are very proud to re-enter the market with the introduction of the first two models of our all-electric Can-Am motorcycle family. Half a century ago, Can-Am roared to victory on the track and the trail, and today, a legacy is reborn. In true BRP fashion, we are bringing our very own electric powerpack to our motorcycles, and crafting thrilling riding experiences for a whole new generation.”
Both street-legal models will be powered by BRP’s all-new, proprietary Rotax E-Power technology, said to provide “highway-worthy speeds with plenty of horsepower and torque.”
They also share key design elements such as their distinctive LED headlights, large TFT displays, edgy white and gray bodywork, a bright yellow panel covering their battery packs, inverted forks, single-sided swingarms, single-disc brakes front and rear (with rather small front rotors), and solo seats. Rear cowls may cover pillion seats; passenger footpegs are not visible on either machine, but production versions will likely have passenger accommodations.
Setting the Can-Am Origin dual-sport apart from its streetbike sibling is rally-style bodywork, fork guards, and spoked wheels, in diameters that appear to be 21 inches in front and 18 inches out back, common sizes for off-road tires. The final drive is enclosed, and Can-Am reps would not reveal whether power is sent to the rear wheel via chain (used on nearly all dual-sports) or belt (used on many production electric bikes).
The Can-Am Pulse has the muscular stance of a streetfighter, with racy-looking cast wheels shod with sportbike rubber and a sculpted “tank” that keeps the bike’s profile in line with conventional gas-powered motorcycles.
According to BRP, both models will “showcase state-of-the art technology” and “offer a truly connected experience for riders.” The Origin and Pulse will be equipped with an on-board charger said to offer rapid charging times and easy charging at home or at automotive standard Level 2 charging stations.
BRP says the Rotax E-Power technology will “be at the heart of all BRP electric models, across all product lines – from water to snow, to dirt and asphalt.”
Full details about the Origin and Pulse will be revealed in August 2023 to coincide with Can-Am’s 50th anniversary. For more information, visit CanAmMotorcycle.com.
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Kawasaki announced the return of several sport, retro sport, naked, cruiser, adventure touring, and dual-sport models to its motorcycle lineup. These 2023 motorcycles are set to arrive in Kawasaki dealerships during the summer months.
Models included in this announcement are the Ninja 1000SX, Ninja 400 and 400 ABS, Z H2 and H2 SE, Z900RS and Z900RS Cafe, Z400 ABS, the Vulcan S and Vulcan 900 lineups, 1700 Voyager ABS, Versys-X300 and Versys-X300 ABS, and the KLR650 lineup.
The Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX is back with its refined sport-touring capabilities, combining the power of a supersport with the feel of an upright sportbike and familiar Ninja styling.
The Ninja 1000SX features a 1,043cc liquid-cooled inline-Four, Kawasaki Traction Control, Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Braking System (KIBS), Kawasaki Quick Shifter, 4.3-inch all-digital TFT color instrumentation, and electronic cruise control.
The Ninja 1000SX includes rider aides such as electronic cruise control and integrated riding modes that combine traction control and Power Modes, and it is compatible with the Kawasaki RIDEOLOGY THE APP.
This 2023 model will be offered in Emerald Blazed Green / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Graphite Gray starting at $13,199
2023 Kawasaki Ninja 400 and Ninja 400 ABS
Ideal for both experienced riders and newer riders looking to step up from a lower displacement bike, the 2023 Ninja 400 sport motorcycle offers the largest displacement in its category.
The 2023 Ninja 400 features a 399cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin, a slip/assist clutch, a lightweight trellis frame, Uni-Trak rear suspension, a 310mm semi-floating petal disc brake and 2-piston caliper in the front, and 220mm petal disc brake and 1-piston caliper in the rear.
A low seat height (30.9 in.), twin LED headlights, and high-grade multifunction dash instrumentation make the Ninja 400 the ideal choice for riders looking to enter the sport-riding scene.
For 2023, the Ninja 400 and the Ninja 400 ABS are available in Metallic Carbon Gray / Metallic Matte Carbon Gray, Pearl Blizzard White / Metallic Carbon Gray, and Metallic Magnetic Dark Gray/ Metallic Matte Twilight Blue. The Ninja 400 starts at $5,299, and the Ninja 400 ABS starts at $5,699.
The Ninja 400 ABS KRT Edition is painted in a Lime Green / Ebony color scheme and starts at $5,899. The Ninja 400 KRT Edition without ABS will come in the same color scheme starting at $5,499.
2023 Kawasaki Z H2 and Z H2 SE
The flagship model of the Kawasaki Z lineup, the 2023 Z H2 features a balanced supercharged 998cc liquid-cooled inline-Four, a 6-speed dog-ring gearbox, a slip/assist clutch, a lightweight trellis frame, high-performance Showa suspension components, and Brembo monoblock brake calipers.
The bike also offers an IMU-based electronics package, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS), Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF), electronic cruise control, integrated riding modes, all-digital TFT color instrumentation, smartphone connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP, and LED lighting.
For 2023, the Z H2 comes in Metallic Phantom Silver / Metallic Carbon Gray and starts at $18,500.
The Z H2 SE offers the same features that come standard on the Z H2, with the addition of the Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS) with Skyhook EERA Technology, which adapts to road and riding conditions in real-time, providing the ideal amount of damping by combining high-level mechanical components with the latest electronic control technology and reportedly giving the rider a smoother ride as it continually adapts to the road surface in real-time.
For braking power, the 2023 Z H2 SE will once again feature Brembo Stylema monoblock brake calipers, a Brembo front brake master cylinder, and steel-braided lines.
The 2023 Z H2 SE will be offered in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Ebony / Mirror Coated Black starting at $20,700.
2023 Kawasaki Z900RS and Z900RS Cafe
The Kawasaki Z900RS retro-sportbikes reignites the classic style of the original Z1 900 motorcycle.
The 2023 Z900RS and Z900RS Cafe feature a 948cc liquid-cooled inline-Four, a slip/assist clutch, horizontal back-link rear suspension, authentic retro styling, an iconic teardrop fuel tank, a tuned stainless steel exhaust system, a round LED headlight, and bullet-shaped analog dials.
For 2023, the Z900RS comes in a Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Imperial Red paint scheme starting at $11,949. The Z900RS Cafe adds cafe-racer styling with a front cowl, a special seat, and a drop handlebar, and is available in Metallic Diablo Black starting at $12,399.
2023 Kawasaki Z400 ABS
Described in a 2018 Rider First Ride Review as a “Ninja 400 with a flat handlebar and no fairing,” the Kawasaki Z400 ABS naked sportbike features a 399cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin, a slip/assist clutch, streetfighter styling, a lightweight chassis, an upright riding position, a low seat height (30.9 in.), and standard ABS.
For 2023, the Z400 ABS is available in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Metallic Spark Black and Pearl Robotic White /Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray starting at $5,399.
2023 Kawasaki Vulcan S, Vulcan S ABS, and Vulcan S Cafe
The Kawasaki Vulcan S sport cruisers are geared to fit a wide range of riders as a result of not only the bikes’ reported starting curb weight just shy of 492 lb but also the exclusive Ergo-Fit sizing system, which includes 18 possible configurations for the handlebar, footpegs, and seat.
Both bikes feature a 649cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-Twin and sportbike-derived chassis and suspension. The 2023 Vulcan S Cafe also comes equipped with three-tone paint, signature tank badging, sport striping, and a dark-tinted windshield deflector.
For 2023, the Vulcan S is available in a Metallic Flat Spark Black colorway starting at $7,349, the Vulcan S ABS is offered in Pearl Matte Sage Green / Metallic Flat Spark Black starting at $7,899, and the Vulcan S Cafe is available in Pearl Storm Gray / Ebony starting at $8,099.
In our “Middleweight Touring Cruisers” comparison test, which included the Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Rider EIC Greg Drevendstedt wrote: “Cruisers are about style and sensation. How a cruiser looks is just as important as how it sounds and feels.”
All three of the 2023 Vulcan 900 cruiser models feature a 903cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V-Twin and a low seat height (26.8 in.).
The Vulcan 900 Classic features rider footboards with a heel/toe shifter, tank-mounted instrumentation, and a 180mm rear tire. The Vulcan 900 Classic LT features a studded seat with standard passenger backrest, leather saddlebags, and a height-adjustable windscreen. The Vulcan 900 Custom features wide drag bars and forward-mounted footpegs, a low center of gravity for easy handling, custom styling with a teardrop tank, parallel slash-cut pipes, and pinstripe wheels.
For 2023, the Vulcan 900 Classic is available in Metallic Spark Black /Metallic Magnesium Gray starting at $8,999. The Vulcan 900 Classic LT is available in Pearl Storm Gray / Ebony starting at $9,999 with a 24-month limited warranty, and the Vulcan 900 Custom is available in Pearl Matte Sage Green / Flat Ebony starting at $9,499.
2023 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS
The 2023 Vulcan 1700 Voyager ABS touring cruiser features a 1,700cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, transverse 52-degree V-Twin, Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology (K-ACT II) ABS, throttle-by-wire, and electronic cruise control.
The bike has a frame-mounted fairing, an intercom-headset compatible audio system, and integrated luggage. For 2023, the Vulcan 1700 Voyager is available in Pearl Storm Gray / Ebony starting at $19,299.
2023 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 and Versys-X300 ABS
With a compact Ninja-derived 296cc liquid-cooled DOHC Twin, the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is a nimble, lightweight motorcycle that’s suitable for commuting or touring.
The Versys-X 300 has a lightweight chassis, long-travel suspension, a low seat height (32.1 in.), front cowling with a tall windscreen, and a rear carrier.
The 2023 Versys-X 300 is available in Pearl Matte Sage Green / Metallic Matte Carbon Gray starting at $5,899, while the ABS model comes in the same color scheme starting at $6,199.
2023 Kawasaki KLR650 and KLR650 ABS
The KLR650 sports a 652cc liquid-cooled Single nestled in a recently redesigned high-tensile double-cradle frame. In 2022, the bike was upgraded with new improved ergonomics, bodywork, a taller two-position adjustable windscreen, a larger aluminum rear carrier, increased generator capacity, and an LED headlight. It features all-digital multifunction instrumentation, an optional ABS system, and 7.9 inches of front travel coupled with 7.3 inches of rear travel.
The 2023 KLR650 is available in three colorways – Pearl Storm Gray, Pearl Solar Yellow, and Candy Lime Green – and starts at $6,899. The KLR650 ABS is offered in Pearl Storm Gray starting at $7,199.
2023 Kawasaki KLR650 Adventure and KLR650 Adventure ABS
The KLR650 Adventure model is built off of the standard KLR650 platform and designed for the rider who is looking for increased carrying capacity and convenience. It comes equipped with factory-installed side cases, LED auxiliary lights, engine guards, a tank pad, and both a DC power outlet and USB socket. It’s available both with and without ABS.
The 2023 KLR650 Adventure is available in Cypher Camo Gray starting at $7,899, while the KLR650 Adventure ABS also comes in Cypher Camo Gray starting at $8,199.
2023 Kawasaki KLR650 Traveler ABS
The KLR650 Traveler model consists of the same features found on the standard KLR650 as well as a factory-installed top case and both a DC power outlet and USB socket. It comes equipped with ABS.
The KLR650 Traveler ABS is offered in Pearl Solar Yellow starting at $7,599.
With more than a decade of motorcycle testing experience under my belt, it’s rare to get a first ride on a motorcycle built by a company I have no prior experience with. When CFMOTO invited Rider to Minneapolis to ride its 2022 lineup of motorcycles – a total of seven models (plus an eighth model that’s under embargo) – I was all-in.
CFMOTO’s motorcycles range from small to middleweight in size, and they’re attractively priced. The lineup includes the 126cc Papio minibike ($2,999), 300NK naked bike ($3,999), 300SS fully faired sportbike ($4,299), 650NK naked bike ($6,499), 650 ADVentura street-adventure bike ($6,799), 700CL-X street scrambler ($6,499), and 700CL-X Sport modern café racer ($6,999). The Papio comes with a one-year warranty while the others are covered for two years.
For my first ride on each model, I worked my way through the lineup from smallest to largest, from the Papio to the 700CL-X Sport. After logging several laps on each bike, I rode them again and again in random order throughout the day.
Our test riding was done at the Minnesota Highway Safety & Research Center (MHSRC), a training facility that includes a 1.2-mile paved road course with a half-dozen nicely radiused corners, a one-third-mile front straight that leads into a slightly banked left-hand sweeper, and an ultra-tight, winding half-mile infield course. Like real-world roads, the pavement was rough and littered with tar snakes that got greasy in the midday sun, and it was damp in the morning after overnight rains and again after an afternoon cloudburst. The track allowed us to test multiple bikes in succession and pursue top speeds without running afoul of local law enforcement.
After a full day of at least 100 laps on eight different models, we had an opportunity to spend the next day testing the model of our choice on public roads. I picked the 650 ADVentura and logged another 350 miles on it.
Unless you’re familiar with ATVs and side-by-sides, CFMOTO might be new to you too. Established in Hangzhou, China, in 1989, the company grew quickly to become a supplier of engines, parts, and components for some of the biggest brands in powersports. By 2000 CFMOTO had begun manufacturing motorcycles, scooters, and off-road vehicles.
According to Alan Cathcart, in a company profile published in 2015 on Rider’s website, “CFMOTO emphasizes quality of manufacture rather than low cost, so while its bikes are well priced, they’re also well-made and durable.” In 2014, Austrian manufacturer KTM established a partnership with CFMOTO, and the company began producing KTM 200/390 Dukes for the Chinese market.
Stefan Pierer, CEO of KTM, told Cathcart, “We built up a very good trust level with CFMOTO – they are a very serious Chinese company. We’ve now arranged to do a 50/50 joint venture on KTM products made in China for sale worldwide. … I’m happy to attach the KTM name to something made by them.”
CFMOTO has been selling off-road vehicles in the U.S. since 2002, and it established its American headquarters in Plymouth, Minnesota, in 2007. In 2012, CFMOTO began importing motorcycles, including the 650NK naked bike and the 650TK sport-tourer, both powered by a liquid-cooled 649cc parallel-Twin.
Cathcart reviewed the 650TK in 2015, which retailed for $6,999, and gave it high marks. Other than a few fit-and-finish complaints, he concluded that the “CFMOTO 650TK is as capable, practical, and pleasing as any motorcycle costing twice the price” and “an awful lot of motorcycle for the money.”
After a couple of years, CFMOTO pulled out of the U.S. motorcycle market because its offerings didn’t resonate with American buyers. It went back to the drawing board, developed a full lineup of bikes, introduced them in Europe and other markets where they were well-received, and decided to try again in the U.S. CFMOTO has 550 dealers in the U.S., with nearly 200 of them selling motorcycles. All 2022 models have been available since April.
2022 CFMOTO Papio
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Since the Honda Grom was introduced in 2014 and became a runaway best-seller, the small-bore segment has expanded rapidly. These days, the Grom will set you back $3,499, the Kawasaki Z125 Pro goes for $3,399, and the Benelli TNT135 is $3,199. The Papio, which takes its name from the genus that includes baboons, slides in below the others at $2,999.
Weighing weighs just 251 lb and rolling on 12-inch wheels, the Papio has a 126cc air-cooled fuel-injected Single that kicks out 9.3 hp at 8,500 rpm and 6.1 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. Unique in this segment is the Papio’s 6-speed gearbox, which helps it achieve a respectable top speed – even with my 215 lb in the saddle, I saw an indicated 62 mph by the end of MHRSC’s front straight.
The Papio is aptly named. The Minnesota-nice guys from CFMOTO, who used cones to create two chicanes on the MHRSC track to slow things down, asked us not to race each other. One bike is a ride, two bikes is a race, and three Papios is a barrel of baboons. We couldn’t help ourselves.
Small and affordable the Papio may be, but it’s nicely featured, with LED lighting all around and a digital instrument panel. It has a telescopic fork with 4.3 inches of travel, a rear shock that has five-click preload adjustability, and single-disc brakes front and rear. Seat height is 30.5 inches, fuel capacity is 1.9 gallons and color options are Lemon Green and Galaxy Grey with red accents.
2022 CFMOTO300NK / 300SS
The next rung on CFMOTO’s moto-ladder is a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve 292cc Single with Bosch EFI that makes a claimed 28.7 hp at 8,750 rpm and 18.7 lb-ft of torque at 7,250 rpm. You can choose the naked 300NK ($3,999) in Athens Blue or Nebula Black, or the fully faired 300SS ($4,299) in Nebula White or Nebula Black.
Both feature a steel trellis frame, a 6-speed transmission with a slip/assist clutch, an inverted fork with a progressive-rate spring, and a preload-adjustable rear shock. Ten-spoke 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels are slowed by a 4-piston radial-mount front caliper with a 300mm disc, a 1-piston rear caliper with a 245mm disc, and Continental dual-channel ABS.
With its tubular handlebar and slightly taller seat (31.7 inches), the 300NK has a more upright seating position and weighs 333 lb. The 300SS has sporty clip-ons, a 30.7-inch seat height, and a 364-lb curb weight. Both are fun and flickable with linear but modest power delivery, and the counterbalanced Single is remarkably smooth. The brakes, however, felt wooden, a problem that would likely be solved by more aggressive pads.
These are stylish, well-equipped bikes, with LED lighting and a 5.5-inch TFT display with Bluetooth that pairs to the CFMOTO Ride smartphone app, which provides vehicle info and navigation (the app is also compatible with the Papio, 650NK, 650 ADVentura, and 700CL-X Sport, but not the 700CL-X).
2022 CFMOTO650NK / 650 ADVentura
Moving up from the 300s to the 650s gains 357cc and an extra cylinder. The liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 649cc parallel-Twin in the 650NK and 650 ADVentura is said to churn out 60 hp at 8,750 rpm and 41.3 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm. Like the 300s, the 6-speed transmission is equipped with a slip/assist clutch.
Ratcheting up the price – $6,499 for the NK (Nebula White or Nebula Black) and $6,799 for the ADVentura (Athens Blue or Nebula White) – brings higher specification. Both have brakes made by J. Juan, a Spanish supplier owned by Brembo, with dual 300mm discs up front with 2-piston calipers and a single 240mm disc out back with a 1-piston caliper. Continental dual-channel ABS is standard, and 17-inch cast wheels are shod with premium Pirelli Angel GT sport-touring tires.
The 650NK, which weighs 454 lb, carries 4.5 gallons of fuel, and has a 30.7-inch seat height, is equipped with KYB suspension, with a non-adjustable fork and a preload-adjustable rear shock. The 650 ADVentura has an inverted fork with 12 clicks of rebound adjustment and a rear shock with adjustable preload and rebound (eight clicks). Both models have full LED lighting and a 5-inch TFT display.
Standard equipment on the ADVentura includes Shad hard saddlebags, a windscreen with 1.5 inches of toolless height adjustment, and a USB charging port on the dash. It weighs 481 lb (add 17 lb for the saddlebags), carries 4.75 gallons of fuel, and has a 32.3-inch seat height.
Both 650s have upright seating positions, and thanks to its taller seat, the ADVentura offers more legroom than the NK. Both are very approachable and fun to ride. Twisting the right grip delivers rheostat-like power with barely a hint of vibration from the counterbalanced Twin. They are light enough to be tossed into turns, their Pirelli tires provide good grip, and their brakes shed speed quite well. They felt stable at speed too – I maxxed out at an indicated 106 mph on the NK and 107 mph on the ADV. (Read more 650 ADVentura impressions below.)
2022 CFMOTO700CL-X / 700 CL-X Sport
Though gaining just 44cc in displacement over the 650s, the 700s represent a big step up in specification and performance. Their shared liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 693cc parallel-Twin makes a claimed 74 hp at 8,500 rpm and 50.2 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm, and both have a 6-speed transmission with a slipper clutch and chain final drive.
The 700s are also equipped with throttle-by-wire, which enables two ride modes (Sport and Eco) and one-touch cruise control. They have a stylish, throaty exhaust can on the right side, self-canceling turnsignals, and all-round LED lighting with a daytime running light.
Wrapped around the engine is a tubular chromoly steel frame connected to a steel trellis subframe and a lightweight gravity-cast aluminum swingarm. KYB suspension includes a 41mm inverted fully adjustable fork and a linkage-mounted rear shock that’s adjustable for preload and rebound. Seat height is 31.5 inches and fuel capacity is 3.4 gallons.
The 700CL-X street scrambler ($6,499) is available in Coal Grey with bronze wheels or Twilight Blue with black wheels, and it has a tubular handlebar and Pirelli MT-60 dirt track-style semi-knobby tires. J. Juan brakes include a 320mm front disc with a radial-mount 4-piston caliper and a 260mm rear disc with a 2-piston caliper, and Continental ABS is standard. Curb weight is 426 lb.
The 700CL-X Sport ($6,799), available in Nebula White or Velocity Grey, takes a more aggressive café racer approach to styling and ergonomics, with clip-on handlebars, bar-end mirrors, a removable rear cowling (passenger pegs are standard but a passenger seat is sold as an accessory), and faux carbon fiber accents. Top-shelf Brembo brakes include a radial front master cylinder, radial-mount monoblock Stylema 4-piston calipers squeezing 320mm discs, and a 2-piston rear caliper squeezing at 260mm disc. Five-spoke cast aluminum wheels are shod with Maxxis SuperMaxx ST sport tires. Curb weight is 451 lb.
These bikes are a helluva lot of fun, with engine response that feels like a bigger step up from the 650s than the small displacement bump would suggest. With its wider handlebar, more upright seating position, more comfortable seat, and lower weight, the 700CL-X was my favorite of the two. Other than the 650 ADVentura, it’s the bike I spent the most time on, chasing down – but by no means racing – other journalists on the track.
A Day in the Life of the 2022 CFMOTO650 ADVentura
CFMOTO’s 650 ADVentura has the Kawasaki Versys 650 LT in its crosshairs. Both are street-adventure bikes with 649cc parallel-Twins, upright seating positions, small upper fairings with height-adjustable windscreens, and removable hard saddlebags. There are some differences too – the Kawasaki has traction control but the CFMOTO doesn’t, for example, and the CFMOTO has a longer warranty – but they’re similar enough to be kissing cousins.
The biggest delta between the two is price. The Kawasaki’s MSRP is $9,999, but the CFMOTO’s is only $6,799. You can buy a lot of overpriced gas for $2,200.
Since a middleweight street-adventure bike is right in Rider’s wheelhouse, the 650 ADVentura is the bike I chose to spend the day with. On a hot, muggy morning in late June, I threw a leg over a blue one in a hotel parking lot in Maple Grove, Minnesota. My visits to the North Star State are few and far between, so I headed north to Duluth on the southern shore of Lake Superior to visit the Aerostich store and factory and have lunch with Andy Goldfine.
Work obligations consumed part of my morning, so I left late and slabbed it on Interstate 35 to make time. Boring yes, but also a good way to get to know how a bike runs at sustained high speeds. Keeping up with traffic, the speedometer hovered around 80 mph the whole way. For 160 miles I passed lots of trees as well as billboards for fishing boats, fishing lakes, fish camps, and marinas. The 650 ADVentura hummed along beneath me, giving off a bit of engine heat but hardly any vibration.
Two hand knobs can be loosened to adjust the height of the ADVentura’s windscreen. With it fully raised and supplemented by deflectors on either side of the dash, wind protection was good with no buffeting. As I got closer to Duluth, I caught the edges of two rainstorms and got a little damp in my mesh jacket and riding jeans. As I-35 descended a steep hill toward downtown, the temperature dropped into the mid-50s due to the cooling effect of Lake Superior. By the time I dropped the kickstand in Aerostich’s parking lot, my teeth were chattering.
After touring Aerostich’s headquarters and warming up with coffee and a warm bowl of soup during lunch with Andy, I rode up one of Duluth’s steep streets and cruised along Skyline Parkway Scenic Byway, which follows a ridgeline just west of the city and offers panoramic views of Duluth, the harbor, and Lake Superior. The byway offered up some fun curves, plenty of frost-damaged asphalt, and even some gravel on the north end near Hawk Ridge. The final 4 miles of the byway follows Seven Bridges Road, which cuts back and forth over the cascading course of Amity Creek on a series of arched stone bridges.
The 650 ADVentura has the qualities I love most about middleweights – modest curb weight, light steering, and enough power for a lively riding experience. Its suspension and brakes are dutifully competent, and its slip/assist clutch helps it shift with ease. Its wind protection, ergonomics, and smoothness made my 350-mile day enjoyable, though its soft seat foam crushed down and didn’t offer adequate support. Fuel economy during my all-day test ride was 45.5 mpg, good for 216 miles from the 4.75-gallon tank.
Overall, I was impressed with the 650 ADVentura as well as CFMOTO’s other models. They are stylish, well-built with quality components, and spec’d with desirable features. And at a time where value is increasingly important, they offer incredible bang for the buck.
2022 CFMOTO 650 ADVentura Specs
Base Price: $6,799 Website:CFMOTOusa.com Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel-Twin, DOHC w/ 4 valve per cyl. Displacement: 649cc Bore x Stroke: 83 x 60mm Horsepower: 60.3 hp @ 8,750 rpm (claimed, at the crank) Torque: 41.3 lb-ft @ 7,000 rpm (claimed, at the crank) Final Drive: Chain Wheelbase: 56 in. Rake/Trail: 24.5 degrees/4.1 in. Seat Height: 32.3 in. Wet Weight: 498 lb (w/ saddlebags) Fuel Capacity: 4.75 gals. Fuel Consumption: 45.5 mpg Estimated Range: 216 miles
BMW Motorrad USA has announced the first round of updates and changes to its 2023 lineup of motorcycles and scooters, which will begin production in August 2022. BMW says it has made an effort to streamline the range of available options, with one comprehensive equipment package available for most models.
2023 BMW C 400 GT
The BMW C 400 GT saw several updates in 2022 and remains the only gas-powered scooter in BMW’s lineup. The 350cc liquid-cooled Single makes a claimed 34 hp at 7,500 rpm and 26 lb-ft of torque. Power is transmitted through a CVT (Constantly Variable Transmission) and a rigid aluminum double-sided swingarm with a swingarm bearing designed for reduced vibration.
In 2022, the C 400 GT got new throttle-by-wire, upgraded braking and traction control, and other updates. For 2023, the scooter has been updated so that the comfort turn indicator can be switched off in the menu for the instrument cluster. All U.S. models automatically add the Premium Package, which includes a heated seat and heated grips.
The C 400 GT starts at $8,245. Previous color options of Alpine White and Triple Black remain the same, while the Callisto Grey Metallic has added gold front brake calipers.
2023 BMW CE 04
BMW took “urban mobility” up a level to “electromobility” in 2021 with the CE 04, an electric scooter that features a liquid-cooled, permanent-magnet electric motor making a claimed 42 hp. Top speed is 74.5 mph, with standing start acceleration of 0-30 mph in 2.6 seconds. BMW claims a range of 80 miles on the battery, with approximate standard charging time of four hours and 20 minutes (65 minutes with the optional quick charger).
ABS is standard, as are a 10.25-inch TFT color screen with integrated map navigation and extensive connectivity and three ride modes – Road, Rain, and Eco. For 2023, the CE 04 has been updated so the self-canceling turnsignal can be switched off in the menu for the instrument cluster.
All U.S. CE 04 models automatically add the Premium Package, which includes an adaptive headlight, Pro ride modes, cornering ABS, quick charge capability, a heated seat, tire-pressure monitoring, and a centerstand. The CE 04 starts at $11,795. Color choices of Light White and the Avantgarde Package with Magellan Grey Metallic remain unchanged.
2023 BMW G 310 R, G 310 GS
BMW’s entry-level roadster, the G 310 R, and G 310 GS adventure bike both have a 313cc liquid-cooled Single that makes a claimed 34 hp at 9,250 rpm and 20.6 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered via a 6-speed gearbox and chain final drive, and the G 310s were upgraded in 2021 to include throttle-by-wire and a slipper clutch, as well as adjustable brake and clutch hand levers. ABS is standard, but other 2021 updates included a new LED headlight and indicators.
For 2023, BMW hasn’t made any equipment changes to the G 310s, which starts at $4,995 for the G 310 R and $5,695 for the GS. For colors, on the G 310 R, Passion Racing Red style replaces Passion Kyanite Blue Metallic, Sport Polar White/Racing Blue style replaces Sport Limestone Metallic, and Cosmic Black 2 remains unchanged. On the G 310 GS, Sport Polar White/Racing Blue replaces Triple Black, the Rallye Kalamata Dark Gold Metallic style replaces Rallye Kyanite Blue Metallic, and Cosmic Black 3 remains unchanged.
2023 BMW F 750 GS
The BMW F 750 GS adventure bike features an 853cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin that makes a claimed 77 hp at 7,500 rpm and 61 lb-ft of torque. The bike has a 6-speed gearbox, a slip/assist clutch, and chain final drive. BMW’s cornering ABS and traction control are standard, as are the Road and Rain ride modes.
For 2023, the F 750 GS has added RDC real-time gradient tire-pressure monitoring, and the self-canceling turnsignal can now be switched off in the menu for the instrument cluster. All U.S. F 750 GS models automatically add the Premium Package, which includes GPS Prep, cruise control, LED headlight, Gear Shift Assist Pro, Dynamic Pro and Enduro Pro ride modes, heated grips, a luggage rack with case holders, tire-pressure monitoring, MSR Dynamic Engine Brake Control, and Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (not available with low suspension). Individual options include low suspension, a centerstand, M Endurance chain, a comfort seat, and an extra-low seat.
The F 750 GS starts at $9,995. For colors, the Triple Black with Black Storm 2 and Light White remain unchanged for 2023, and the Sport Light White/Racing Blue Metallic/Racing Red replaces San Marino Blue Metallic.
2023 BMW F 850 GS and F 850 GS Adventure
With similar displacement as the F 750 GS but a little more muscle, the F 850 GS and GS Adventure both have an 853cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin making a claimed 90 hp at 8,000 rpm and 63 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered through the 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch and chain final drive. Switchable cornering ABS, Automatic Stability Control (aka traction control), and Rain and Road ride modes are standard.
The F 850 GS has adjustable brake and clutch hand levers, and the GS Adventure adds adjustable rear brake and gear shift levers. Both models have an adjustable windscreen, and for 2023, RDC real-time gradient tire-pressure monitoring has been added, and the self-canceling turnsignal can be switched off in the menu for the instrument cluster.
All U.S. F 850 GS and GS Adventure models automatically add the Premium Package, which includes an LED headlight, Gear Shift Assist Pro, Pro ride modes, heated grips, luggage rack with case holders, Keyless Ride, tir- pressure monitoring, MSR Dynamic Engine Brake Control, Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (not available with low suspension). The GS Adventure Premium Package adds GPS Prep, cruise control, LED auxiliary lights, and aluminum side case holders.
Individual options for both bikes include low suspension, a centerstand, M Endurance chain, off-road tires, cruise control, a comfort seat, and an extra-low seat. The GS adds a Touring Package with GPS Prep and cruise control, and the GS Adventure adds low suspension, off-road tires, a centerstand (not available with low suspension), a double seat, a Rallye seat, and a low seat.
The F 850 GS starts at $12,595 for 2023. For colors, Trophy Gravity Blue Metallic replaces Racing Blue Metallic, and both Racing Red and the Triple Black with Black Storm Metallic 2 style remain unchanged.
The F 850 GS Adventure starts at $13,595, with the Rallye Kalamata Matte Metallic 2 style replacing Mineral Grey Matte Metallic. Light White and the Triple Black with Black Storm Metallic 2 style remain unchanged.
2023 BMW F 900 R and F 900 XR
Both the F 900 R roadster and F 900 XR adventure bike have an 895cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin that makes a claimed 99 hp at 8,500 rpm and 67 lb-ft of torque. They have a 6-speed gearbox, a slipper clutch, and chain final drive. ABS, Automatic Stability Control, and Rain and Road ride modes are standard, as are adjustable brake and clutch hand levers and a 6.5-inch TFT display. For 2023, BMW has added RDC real-time gradient tire-pressure monitoring, and the self-canceling turnsignal can be switched off in the menu for the instrument cluster.
All U.S. F 900 R models automatically add either the Comfort Package (M Endurance chain, Keyless Ride, and heated grips) or the Premium Package, which includes the M Endurance chain, Keyless Ride, heated grips, GPS Prep, cruise control, saddlebag mounts, Gear Shift Assist Pro, Pro ride modes, MSR Dynamic Engine Brake Control, Adaptive Headlight, Headlight Pro, cornering traction control, tire-pressure monitoring, and a centerstand (not available with low suspension). The F 900 XR automatically adds the Premium Package, which includes everything in the 900 R Premium Package, plus cornering ABS.
Individual options on the 900 R include a high seat, a low seat, and low suspension. Individual options on the 900 XR also includes low suspension (not with Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment or centerstand), as well as handguards, a centerstand, and a low seat.
The F 900 R starts at $8,995, and for 2023, the three colors of Black Storm Metallic and styles of Sport Light White/Racing Blue/Racing Red and Bluestone Metallic remain unchanged.
The F 900 XR starts at $11,695. The Sport Racing Blue Metallic style replaces Racing Red and adds an engine spoiler, and both Triple Black with Black Storm Metallic 2 and Light White remain unchanged.
2023 BMW R nineT, R nineT Pure, R nineT Scrambler, and R nineT Urban G/S
Introduced in 2013, BMW’s R nineT range – R nineT, R nineT Pure, R nineT Scrambler, and R nineT Urban G/S – saw updates in 2021, so there are only style and option changes for the 2023 lineup. The range still includes a 1,170cc air/liquid-cooled Boxer Twin that received newly designed cylinder heads with a new turbulence system in 2021. The engine makes 109 hp at 7,250 rpm and 85.5 lb-ft of torque (claimed). The R nineT range features a 6-speed gearbox, a single-plate dry clutch, and shaft final drive.
Cornering ABS, a new shock absorber with travel-dependent damping, and Rain and Road ride modes were added as standard to the entire range in 2021, as well as new instrumentation and LED headlamp and indicators. Automatic Stability Control is standard across the range, and with the exception of the R nineT Pure, each bike now offers Pro ride modes as part of the included Select Package, with the R nineT adding Dynamic ride mode and the Scrambler and Urban G/S adding Dirt. Pro ride modes, including Dynamic ride mode, are options on the R nineT Pure.
With the exception of the R nineT Pure, all U.S. R nineT models automatically add the Select Package for 2023, which includes Pro ride modes, heated grips, cruise control, Adaptive Headlight, MSR Dynamic engine brake control, and cornering traction control.
New individual options for the R nineT include an aluminum fuel tank (with or without sanded welds), Option 719 Wheels (Classic and Sport), and billet packs. The R nineT models starts at $15,945. For 2023 colors, Option 719 Mineral White Metallic/Aurum has been removed. Option 719 Aluminum Matte, Option 719 Night Black/Aluminum Matte, and Black Storm Metallic remain unchanged.
For the R nineT Pure models, new individual options for 2023 include spoked wheels, Design Option Silencer, low suspension, and heated grips. The Pure starts at $10,995. For colors, Teal Blue Metallic Matte has been removed, Option 719 Underground/Light White has replaced Blackstorm Metallic/Racing Red, Option 719 Pollux Metallic/Light White replaced Cosmic Blue/Light White, and Mineral Gray remains unchanged.
For the R nineT Scrambler, individual options include low suspension, spoked wheels (only with low suspension), Design Option gold wheels (not with low suspension), black cross-spoked wheels (not with low suspension), off-road tires, a high brown seat, and billet packs. The R nineT Scrambler starts at $12,995. For 2023 colors, Manhattan Metallic Matte replaces Kalamata Metallic Matte, Option 719 Underground/Light White replaces Blackstorm Metallic/Racing Red, Option 719 Pollux Metallic/Light White replaces Cosmic Blue Metallic/Light White, and Granite Gray Metallic remains unchanged.
For the 2023 R nineT Urban G/S, individual options include Design Option Silencer, Design Option gold spoke Wheels, black cross-spoked wheels, chrome header pipe, off-road tires, low seat, and billet packs. The R nineT Urban G/S starts at $12,995, and the colors Light White and Imperial Blue Metallic have been added.
2023 BMW R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure
The R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure are legendary travel enduro motorcycles. Both bikes have a 1,254cc air/liquid-cooled Boxer Twin that makes a claimed 136 hp at 7,750 rpm and 105 lb-ft of torque. They sport a 6-speed gearbox, a slipper clutch, and shaft final drive. Inclination- and corner-optimized ABS, cornering traction control, Hill Start Control, and three ride modes – Eco, Rain, and Road – are standard.
For 2023, the automatically added Premium Package for each bike includes Pro ride modes, which includes additional modes (Dynamic, Dynamic Pro, Enduro and Enduro Pro), riding mode preselection (individualization of numbers of riding modes), automated Hill Start Control Pro, Dynamic Brake Control, and engine brake control.
Both bikes also now come with RDC real-time gradient tire-pressure monitoring (added to the included Premium Package for the R 1250 GS and the Comfort Package for the 1250 GS Adventure), and the self-canceling turnsignals can be switched off in the menu for the instrument cluster.
All U.S. R 1250 GS and GS Adventure models automatically add the Premium Package, which includes, in addition to those details mentioned already, Keyless Rride, silencer, chrome header, heated grips, tire-pressure monitoring, GPS Prep, cruise control, handguards, case holders, Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment, Gear Shift Assist Pro.
Individual options for the R 1250 GS include the Enduro Package, passenger kit (standard and low), low suspension, heated seat, M lightweight battery, sports suspension, LED auxiliary lights, handlebar risers, off-road tires, aluminum case mounts, black or gold cross-spoked wheels, low Rallye bench seat, and billet packs.
The R 1250 GS starts at $17,995, and for 2023 colors, GS Trophy Gravity Blue Metallic Matte replaces Edition 40 Years GS Blackstorm Metallic and includes cross-spoked wheels, Rallye seat, sport windshield, radiator protectors, frame protectors, enduro footrests. The Rallye Light White/Racing Blue/Racing Red style remains unchanged, as does the Triple Black with Black Storm Metallic/Black/Agate Gray style. Light White also returns for 2023.
For the R 1250 GS Adventure models, individual options include passenger kits (standard and low), heated seat, LED auxiliary lights, handlebar risers, off-road tires, black or gold cross-spoked wheels, Rallye bench seat, and billet packs.
The R 1250 GS Adventure starts at $20,345. The GS Trophy Gravity Blue Metallic style replaces Edition 40 Years GS Blackstorm Metallic and includes cross-spoked wheels, Rallye seat, sport windshield, radiator protectors, frame protectors, and enduro footrests. All other color choices – Rallye Light White/Racing Blue/Racing Red style, Triple Black with Black Storm Metallic/Black/Agate Gray, and Ice Gray – remain unchanged.
2023 BMW R 1250 RT
In 2020, BMW announced several technical and aesthetic updates to the R 1250 RT sport-tourer. It features a 1,254cc air/liquid-cooled Boxer Twin that makes a claimed 136 hp at 7,750 rpm and 105 lb-ft of torque, a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch, and shaft final drive. Starting in 2021, full integral and cornering-optimized ABS and cornering traction control were added as standard equipment. The Eco ride mode was also added as standard to the existing Rain and Road modes, among several other standard features. For 2023, RDC real-time gradient tire-pressure monitoring has been added to the Comfort Package, and the self-canceling turnsignal can be switched off in the menu for the instrument cluster.
All U.S. R 1250 RT models automatically add the ZPP Premium Package, which includes Keyless Ride, silencer, chrome header, central locking, heated seat, alarm, enhanced connectivity, 12V socket, Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment, Gear Shift Assist Pro, Pro ride modes, active cruise control, adaptive headlight, auxiliary lights, MSR Dynamic Engine Brake Control, Headlight Pro, audio system, and tire pressure monitor. Individual options include the Option 719 bench seat, high or low seat, Option 719 Classic or Sport wheels, high windshield, sport windshield, tubular handlebars, and billet packs.
The R 1250 RT starts at $19,695. For colors, Option 719 Meteoric Dust 2 Metallic replaces Mineral White Metallic, but the Sport Racing Blue Metallic style, Triple Storm Metallic 2, and Alpine White remain unchanged.
2023 BMW S 1000 R
The S 1000 R roadster was almost completely redesigned for 2021. The 999cc oil/water-cooled inline-Four was modeled off the S 1000 RR and makes a claimed 165 hp at 11,000 rpm and 84 lb-ft of torque. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a 6-speed gear box with longer gear ratios from 4th through 6th. The bike has a chain final drive, and slipper clutch was added in 2021.
Also added as standard in 2021 were cornering ABS and traction control, all-around LED lighting, and three ride modes: Rain, Road, and Dynamic. Pro ride modes – including Dynamic Pro with adjustable wheelie control, Hill Start Control Pro, MSR, and DBC – come as part of the 2023 Premium Package, which is included with all U.S. S 1000 R models. RDC real-time gradient tire-pressure monitoring has also been added to Premium Package, and the self-canceling turnsignals can be switched off in the menu for the instrument cluster.
Other aspects of the Premium Package include Keyless Ride, USB port, heated grips, cruise control, Shift Assist Pro, Dynamic Damping Control, engine spoiler, Adaptive Headlight, MSR dynamic engine brake control, and Headlight Pro. Individual options include passenger kit, M-forged wheels, seats, carbon pack, and billet packs.
The R 1000 R starts at $13,945. For colors, Black Storm Metallic replaces Racing Red in 2023, the Sport Bluestone Metallic/Black Storm style replaces Hockenheim Silver Metallic, and the M Package Light White/M Motorsport remains unchanged.
2023 BMW S 1000 XR
BMW says the S 1000 XR sport-adventure-tourer “combines athleticism and long-distance performance in perfect form.” The bike received updates for 2020 similar to those on the S 1000 R . Like its stablemate, the XR has a 999cc oil/water-cooled inline-Four that makes a claimed 165 hp at 11,000 rpm and 84 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed gear box – with the gear ratios lengthened for 4th through 6th gear in 2020 – as well as a slipper clutch and chain final drive.
Partially integral Race ABS, cornering traction control, Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment, and Pro riding modes – including Hill Start Control Pro and MSR – are standard, and all U.S. S 1000 XR models automatically add the Premium Package, which includes Keyless Ride, GPS Prep, USB port, tire-pressure monitoring, handguards, a centerstand, luggage rack, Dynamic ESA pro, Gear Shift Assist Pro, heated grips, cruise control, Adaptive Headlight, and LED auxiliary lights. The self-canceling turnsignals can be switched off in the menu for the instrument cluster, and RDC real-time gradient tire-pressure monitoring has been added to the Touring Package. Individual options include the M Endurance chain, Design Option Wheels, M-forged wheels, low suspension, high windshield, and high or low seat.
The S 1000 XR starts at $16,945, and all colors – Racing Red, Triple Black with Black Storm Metallic 2, and M Package with Light White/M Motorsport – remain unchanged.
2023 BMW K 1600 GT, K 1600 GTL, and K 1600 B, and K 1600 Grand America
All four models of the K 1600 range received updates for the 2022 lineup to meet Euro 5 regulations. All the bikes are still powered by 1,649cc oil/water-cooled inline-Six but included updated BMS engine control, two knock sensors, and two additional lambda probes in 2022. They still make a claimed 160 hp but at 6,750 rpm (1,000 rpm lower than before) and increased 133 lb-ft of torque – up from 129. Power is transmitted via a 6-speed gearbox, a multiple-disc wet clutch, and shaft final drive.
Engine drag-torque control, Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment, and cosmetic and instrumentation updates were also made for 2022. Integral cornering ABS, cornering traction control, Hill Start Control Pro, tire-pressure monitoring, and three ride modes – Rain, Road, and Dynamic – are all standard. For 2023, Keyless Ride is also standard, the self-canceling turnsignals can be switched off in the menu for the instrument cluster, and RDC real-time gradient tire-pressure monitoring has been included with the Premium Package, which is automatically added to the K 1600 GT and GTL, and the ZBP Bagger Package and Grand America Package for the K 1600 B and Grand America respectively.
The Premium Package for both the GT and GTL includes Gear Shift Assist Pro, central locking, LED auxiliary lights, anti-theft alarm, and engine protection bars. The GT Premium Package adds an audio system.
Individual options for both include the Option 719 Bench Seat, floor lighting, and Option 719 Forged Wheels. The GTL adds a high seat and tubular handlebars.
The K 1600 GT starts at $23,895. For colors, Option 719 Meteoric Dust II Metallic replaces Mineral White Metallic, and both Black Storm Metallic and the Sport Light White/Racing Blue Metallic/Racing Red style remain unchanged.
The K 1600 GTL starts at $26,895. For 2023, Option 719 Meteoric Dust II Metallic replaces Mineral White Metallic, the Exclusive Gravity Blue Metallic style replaces Elegance Manhattan Metallic, and Black Storm Metallic remains unchanged.
Both the Bagger Package (for K 1600 B) and the Grand America Package (for K 1600 Grand America) include Gear Shift Assist Pro, central locking, anti-theft alarm, audio system, footboards (or alternate compartment on the Bagger), LED auxilary lights, engine protection bars, and a centerstand. The Grand America Package adds a high windshield, additional speakers, and a top case.
Individual options for both bikes include a storage compartment, Option 719 bench seat, floor lighting, forged handlebars, Option 719 Forged Wheels, and high seat (only for Grand America).
The K 1600 B starts at $22,545 and the Grand America starts at $27,465. For colors on both bikes, all three options – Black Storm Metallic, Option 719 Meteoric Dust 2 Metallic, and the Exclusive Manhattan Metallic Matte style – remain unchanged.
In response to customer request for brighter, more distinctive, and more elegant color options and building on the success of the 2022 Gold Line Editions, Triumph has announced a new range of color options for most of its 2023 lineup.
Additionally, the company has renamed two of its 900cc models: the Street Twin is now called the Speed Twin 900, and the Street Scrambler becomes the Scrambler 900. According to a press release from Triumph, the new names were chosen to “better represent the family connections across Triumph’s iconic Bonneville lineup, and their specific engine capacities.”
2023 Triumph Speed Twin 900 (formerly Street Twin)
While the name may have changed, the newly renamed Speed Twin 900 still features the updated “high torque” 900cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin that claimed an additional 10 hp for 2022, with a total 64.1 hp at 7,500 rpm and 59 lb-ft of torque. Other updates last year included new 10-spoke cast-aluminum wheels and stylistic changes. The 5-speed gearbox, slip/assist clutch, and chain final drive remain the same, as do the Road and Rain ride modes, ABS, and switchable traction control.
For model year 2023, the Speed Twin 900 starts at $9,695 and comes in three colors, including classic Triumph Jet Black, Matte Ironstone, and a sophisticated new Matte Silver Ice option, with silver and yellow accents. This new paint scheme includes a Matte Silver Ice fuel tank with silver and yellow graphics, Jet Black side panels with the new Speed Twin 900 logo, and Jet Black front and rear mudguards.
2023 Triumph Speed Twin 1200
Triumph’s performance classic Speed Twin 1200 was also updated in 2022, boasting a 1,200cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin that offers a claimed 98.6 hp at 7,250 rpm, 84 lb-ft of torque, and 17% less inertia for better response. Power is sent to the rear wheel through a 6-speed transmission, slip/assist clutch, and chain final drive. The three ride modes (Sport, Road, and Rain) were also revised for 2022, as well as some style updates, and it still offers switchable ABS and traction control.
The Speed Twin 1200 starts at $12,595 and comes in three colors: the classic Jet Black and Red Hopper and now a new Matte Baja Orange scheme with Storm Grey and Aluminum Silver tank graphics. The new scheme also features Matte Storm Grey side panels and headlight bowl, matched with Matte Silver Ice fork protectors.
2023 Triumph Scrambler 900 (formerly Street Scrambler)
Similar to the Speed Twin 900, the newly renamed Scrambler 900 features a 900cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin that claims 64 hp at 7,250 rpm and 59 lb-ft of torque, as well as some styling updates added in 2022. Otherwise, it still has a 5-speed gearbox, slip/assist clutch, and chain final drive. It also comes with three ride modes (Road, Rain, and Off-road) and switchable traction control and ABS.
The Scrambler 900 starts at $11,295 and comes in three colors: classic Jet Black, a new Carnival Red and Jet Black scheme with striking and contemporary new graphics, and a new Matte Khaki scheme that celebrates the Scrambler’s iconic off-road heritage.
The new Carnival Red and Jet Black paint scheme includes a Carnival Red fuel tank with contemporary Jet Black stripe detailing and Jet Black side panel, frame cowl, and mudguards.
The iconic new Matte Khaki color scheme features a Matte Khaki fuel tank with Matte Jet Black side panel, frame cowl, and mudguards.
2023 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE and Scrambler 1200 XC
Riders must be pretty excited about the new Triumph Scrambler 1200 lineup because as of the July 6 press release announcing the new colors, both the XE and XC were sold out (and subsequently, no pricing information was available).
The Scrambler 1200 received an update for 2022 that included a revised exhaust system offering improved heat distribution. The 1,200cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin makes a claimed 89 hp at 7,250 rpm and 81.1 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed gearbox, slip/assist clutch, and X-ring chain final drive. The XC come with five riding modes – Road, Rain, Sport, Rider Configurable, Off-Road – and the XE tacks on an additional Off-Road Pro mode.
Both bikes have throttle-by-wire, with the XC using switchable ABS and traction control, while the XE optimizes both features for cornering. Additional features include a full-color TFT display, keyless ignition, cruise control, and all-LED lighting.
The Scrambler 1200 XC and XE come in three colors: Sapphire Black, the classic Matte Khaki Green and Matte Jet Black scheme, and a new Carnival Red and Jet Black scheme that features a Carnival Red fuel tank with Jet Black tank stripe design, as well as Jet Black side panel and headlight bowl.
2023 Triumph Bonneville T100
A favorite for both new and returning riders, the “high torque” 900cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin Bonneville T100 claimed an additional 10hp for 2022 for a total 64 hp at 7,400 rpm and 59 lb-ft of torque. Other upgrades included a low inertia crankshaft and lightened clutch and counterbalancers, which contributed to an 8-lb total weight reduction when combined with other features. The T100 has a 5-speed gearbox, slip/assist clutch, and chain final drive, as well as standard ABS and switchable traction control.
The Bonneville T100 now comes in three colors: classic Jet Black, a Carnival Red and Fusion White scheme, and a stylish interpretation of the original 1959 design with a new Meriden Blue and Tangerine option and hand-painted silver coach line detailing on the tank.
The new Meriden Blue and Tangerine color scheme also features Meriden Blue side panels and mudguards.
2023 Triumph Bonneville T120 and T120 Black
Last year, the classically styled Triumph Bonneville T120 received a few updates to its “high torque” 1,200cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin, which makes a claimed 79 hp at 6,550 rpm and 77.4 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed transmission with a slip/assist clutch and chain final drive. Other features include two ride modes (Road and Rain) as well as standard ABS and switchable traction control.
For model year 2023, the Bonneville T120 comes in three colors, including Jet Black, a Cordovan Red and Silver Ice scheme, and a new Aegean Blue and Fusion White option, with hand-painted gold line detailing on the tank. The new heritage-inspired color scheme also features Aegean Blue mudguards and Jet Black side panels and headlight bowl.
The Bonneville T120 Black comes in two colors for 2023, with the classic Jet Black and a new Sapphire Black and Matte Sapphire Black split scheme across the tank, accentuated with hand-painted silver coach-line detailing.
The new Sapphire Black and Matte Sapphire Black scheme also features Sapphire Black mudguards, side panels, and headlight bowl.
2023 Triumph Bonneville Bobber
Triumph’s original custom icon, the Bonneville Bobber, has a “high torque” 1,200cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin, which makes a claimed 76.9 hp at 6,100 rpm and 78.2 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed transmission with a slip/assist clutch and chain final drive. The Bobber received several updates to the 2022 model, including (but not limited to) a larger fuel tank; upgrades to brakes, suspension, wheels; and standard cruise control. It still offers Road and Rain ride modes, standard ABS, and switchable traction control.
The Bonneville Bobber starts at $13,495 and comes in three colors for model year 2023, with the classic Jet Black, Matte Storm Grey and Matte Ironstone scheme, and a new Red Hopper option, which includes a Red Hopper fuel tank and Jet Black side panels and mudguards.
2023 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
The British custom classic Bonneville Speedmaster shares the T120’s “high-torque” 1,200cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin, claiming 76.9 hp at 6,100 rpm and 78.2 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed transmission with a slip/assist clutch and chain final drive. The Speedmaster’s two ride modes (Road and Rain) were refined for 2022, as well as receiving an upgraded Showa fork. The bike has ABS and switchable traction control, cruise control, a multifunction LCD display, and all-LED lighting.
The Speedmaster starts at $13,995 and comes in three colors for model year 2023: Jet Black, a Sapphire Black and Fusion White scheme, and a new Cordovan Red option that features a Cordovan Red fuel tank with Jet Black side panels, mudguards, and headlight bowl.
2023 Triumph Thruxton RS
The Thruxton RS café racer has a 1,200cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin, which makes a claimed 104 hp at 7,500 rpm and 83 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed transmission with a slip/assist clutch and chain final drive. The Thruxton RS has three ride modes – Road, Rain, and Sport – and comes with ABS, traction control, and a multifunction LCD display.
For model year 2023, the Thruxton RS starts at $16,645 and comes in two colors: Jet Black and a new Competition Green and Silver Ice scheme, which features a Competition Green and Silver Ice fuel tank and seat cowl with gold graphic detailing on both. This is matched with Jet Black mudguards, headlight bowl, and side panels and Matte Silver Ice fork protectors.
2023 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
The Speed Triple 1200 RS naked sportbike has a liquid-cooled 1160cc inline-Triple, making a claimed 177.5 hp at 10,750 rpm and 92 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed transmission with a quickshifter, slip/assist clutch, and chain final drive. It features five ride modes – Rain, Road, Sport, Track, and Rider (customizable) – and both ABS and traction control are optimized for cornering. It has 5-inch TFT instrumentation and all-LED lighting.
The Speed Triple 1200 RS starts at $18,500 and comes in three colors, including the Matte Silver Ice and Sapphire Black options, plus an all-new Matte Baja Orange complemented by distinctive Silver Ice and Graphite ‘RS’ graphics.
The new Matte Baja Orange color is featured on the tank, side panels, headlight finisher, rear bodywork, seat cowl, and belly pan.
2023 Triumph Street Triple RS
The Triumph Street Triple RS has a liquid-cooled 765cc inline-Triple, making a claimed 121 hp at 11,750 rpm and 58 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed transmission with a quickshifter, slip/assist clutch, and chain final drive. The Street Triple RS features five ride modes – Rain, Road, Sport, Track, and Rider (customizable) – a full-color, 5-inch TFT instrument pack with four display styles and high/low contrast options, and switchable traction control and ABS.
The Street Triple RS is now available starting at $12,995 in a new Carbon Black scheme across the tank, front mudguard, fly screen, side panels, rear bodywork, seat cowl, belly pan, and radiator guard. The scheme also features Bronze wheels and a Bronze and Jet Black graphics design.
2023 Triumph Trident 660
Inspired by Triumph’s original triple-cylinder model, launched in 1968, the Trident 660 features a liquid-cooled 660cc inline-Triple, making a claimed 80 hp at 10,250 rpm and 47 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed gearbox, quickshifter, slip/assist clutch, and chain final drive. Riders can take advantage of throttle-by-wire with two ride modes (Road and Rain), ABS, and switchable traction control.
Triumph’s Trident 660 starts at $8,395 and comes in four color options: Sapphire Black, the Silver Ice and the Matte Jet Black schemes (both of which feature the contemporary Triumph logo tank graphics), and new for 2023, a Matte Baja Orange scheme.
The new scheme features a Matte Baja Orange tank and front mudguard, Storm Grey Triumph logo tank graphics, Matte Storm Grey radiator cowl and rear bodywork, and a Jet Black headlight bezel.
2023 Triumph Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT
Equipped with the world’s largest production motorcycle engine capacity of 2,458cc, the Triumph Rocket 3 has an inline-Triple that makes a claimed 165 hp at 6,000 rpm and 163 lb-ft of torque. It has a 6-speed gearbox, quickshifter, slip/assist clutch, and shaft final drive. The Rocket 3 features four ride modes – Road, Rain, Sport and Rider-Configurable – as well as cornering ABS and traction control, hill-hold control, cruise control, keyless ignition, and all-around LED lighting.
For 2023, Triumph’s Rocket 3 R starts at $23,400 and comes in three colors, including Sapphire Black, a Silver Ice and Cranberry Red scheme, and a new Matte Silver Ice option, which features Matte Silver Ice fuel tank, front mudguard, and rear bodywork together with Jet Black side panels, headlight bowls, fly screen, and radiator cowls.
Triumph’s Rocket 3 GT starts at $24,100 and now comes in two new color schemes: Sapphire Black and a Carnival Red and Sapphire Black scheme.
The new scheme features a Carnival Red tank, front mudguard, and rear bodywork; premium hand-painted silver coach lining; and Sapphire Black side panels, fuel tank infill, headlight bowls, fly screen, and radiator cowls
2023 Triumph Tiger 900 GT / GT Pro / Rally / Rally Pro
Offering options for wherever you want to go, all bikes in the Tiger 900 adventure lineup – GT, GT Pro, Rally, and Rally Pro – have a liquid-cooled 888cc inline-Triple making a claimed 93.9 hp at 8,750 rpm and 64 lb-ft of torque, as well as a 6-speed gearbox, slip/assist clutch, and chain final drive. The GT Pro and Rally Pro models include a quickshifter.
Also universal to the lineup is optimized cornering ABS and traction control, 7-inch full-color TFT instrumentation, all-LED lighting, and four ride modes: Road, Rain, Sport, and Off-Road. The GT Pro adds a fifth Rider Programmable mode, and the Rally Pro adds Off-Road Pro and Rider Programmable modes.
For 2023, the Tiger 900 GT and Tiger 900 GT Pro start at $14,700 and $16,600, respectively. Both come in three colors, including the current Sapphire Black and Pure White options, plus a new Caspian Blue and Matte Graphite scheme. The new scheme features a Caspian Blue tank, seat panel, beak, tank end panel, and front mudguard matched with Matte Graphite radiator cowls.
The Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro start at $15,400 and $17,100, respectively. Both come in three colors: Pure White, a signature Matte Khaki Green with white frame, and a new Sandstorm scheme, featuring a Sandstorm fuel tank, beak, and seat panel with a Matte Jet Black tank end panel and radiator cowls.
2023 Triumph Tiger 850 Sport
Triumph’s adventure all-rounder, the Tiger 850 Sport, has the same liquid-cooled 888cc inline-Triple as the 900 lineup but with slightly less power: 84 hp at 8,500 rpm and 60 lb-ft of torque (claimed). Power is sent to the rear wheel via a 6-speed gearbox, slip/assist clutch, and chain final drive. The Tiger 850 Sport has standard ABS, switchable traction control, and throttle-by-wire with two ride modes(Rain and Road).
The Tiger 850 sport starts at $11,995 and now comes in three distinctive colors, including a contemporary Graphite and Caspian Blue scheme, the Graphite and Diablo Red scheme, and a new Graphite and Baja Orange option featuring Graphite fuel tank and seat panel and striking Baja Orange front mudguard, beak, tank end panel, and radiator cowls.
After a short hiatus, CFMoto is again importing its motorcycles to the U.S. It is offering seven bikes as part of its 2022 lineup. With a range of small and middleweight motorcycles, CFMoto continues its reputation for reasonable price points for both novice and advanced riders.
The 2022 models include the Papio minibike ($2,999), the 300NK naked bike ($3,999) and 300SS sportbike ($4,299), the naked 650NK ($6,499) and 650 ADVentura adventure bike ($6,799), and the classic series 700CL-X ($6,499) and 700CL-X Sport ($6,999).
CFMoto Comes of Age
Following the creation of a trademarked liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine in Hangzhou, China, CFMoto was founded in 1989. It has been a supplier of engines, parts, and components for some of the biggest brands in powersports. In 2002, the company entered the U.S. market. In 2005, it built the company’s U.S. headquarters in Plymouth, Minnesota.
In the early years, the company produced mostly small-displacement models. In 2012, CFMoto introduced the parallel-Twin 650NK, followed shortly after by the 650TK tourer. While there were a few superficial details that raised an eyebrow, overall the bike performed very well considering its $6,999 price point.
After the 2016 model year, CFMoto stopped importing bikes to the U.S. The company continued to make motorcycles, and in 2017 CFMoto signed a joint venture agreement with KTM, according to the CFMoto website.
“The joint venture will bring CFMOTO’s R&D and manufacturing capability to a whole new level,” Minjie Lai, CFMoto general manager, said at the groundbreaking ceremony for the joint venture production facility in March 2018. “CFMOTO will benefit from KTM’s advanced technology and profound experience from years of being a leader in the power sports industry. KTM recognized how our manufacturing capacity, supply chain management, and channel development could help implement their global strategy.”
As of 2022, the company states it has more than 500 dealers in the U.S. Read on to learn more about the new models for 2022.
2022 CFMoto Papio
The CFMoto Papio features a 126cc air-cooled 4-stroke Single with a 6-speed gearbox that kicks out 9.3 hp at 8,500 rpm and 6.1 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. The telescopic fork provides approximately 4.3 inches of travel, and the rear monoshock has five-click preload adjustability. Both ends employ lightweight 12-inch alloy wheels paired to 130/70 rear and 120/70 front street tires. Stopping power comes from a 2-piston caliper and 210mm disc up front and a 1-piston caliper grabbing a 190mm disc in the rear.
The Papio has a 30.5-inch seat height, a 1.9-gallon fuel capacity, and a 251-lb curb weight. It has LED lighting all around and a multifunction LCD instrument panel. It comes in Yellow or Gray/Red Dragon for $2,999.
2022 CFMoto 300NK and 300SS
Both the 300NK naked bike and 300SS sportbike come with a liquid-cooled 292cc DOHC 4-valve Single that makes a claimed 29 hp at 8,750 rpm and 18.7 lb-ft of torque at 7,250 rpm. Both bikes have Bosch EFI, dual-channel ABS, and a 6-speed gearbox with a slip/assist clutch.
Braking is handled by a radially mounted 4-piston front caliper with a 300mm disc and a 1-piston rear caliper with a 245mm disc. The 300NK and 300SS also both have an inverted fork and internal-floating-piston monoshock in back with five clicks of preload adjustability.
The differences between the two are primarily curb weight and dimensions. The naked 300NK weighs 333 lb, has a 31.2-inch seat height, and a 3.3-gallon tank. The fully faired 300SS weighs 364 lbs, has a 30.7-inch seat height, and a 3.3-gallon tank.
The 300NK comes in Athens Blue and Nebula Black for $3,999, and the 300SS is offered in Nebula White and Nebula Black for $4,299.
2022 CFMoto 650NK and 650 ADVentura
Moving up to the middleweight class, CFMoto offers the naked 650NK and 650 ADVentura adventure bike. Both bikes feature a 649cc DOHC liquid-cooled parallel-Twin that makes 60 hp at 8,750 rpm and 41.3 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm.
Both bikes have dual-channel ABS, a 6-speed gearbox with a CF-SC slip/assist clutch, and a 2-into-1 tuned exhaust. Brakes are by J.Juan, with dual 300mm discs in front with 2-piston calipers and a single 245mm rear disc with a 1-piston caliper.
The naked 650NK weighs 454 lb, and the 650 ADVentura weighs 480 lb. But the bigger difference in the bikes comes from their intent. As an adventure bike, the 650 ADVentura comes factory-equipped with progressive-rate inverted fork with 12-click rebound adjustability, and the rear cantilever swingarm utilizes an internal-floating-piston monoshock with stepless preload and eight-click rebound adjustment.
The ADVentura has LED lighting all around, a 5-inch color TFT display, and 4.75-gallon tank. It is also equipped with removable hard-sided panniers, handguards, and an adjustable windscreen.
The sporty 650NK has a KYB telescopic fork with 4.7 inches of travel and a preload-adjustable KYB rear monoshock with 1.8 inches of travel. It has LED lighting all around, a 5-inch color TFT display, and rolls on Pirelli Angel GT sport-touring tires. Seat height is 30.7 inches and fuel capacity is 4.5 gallons.
The 650NK is offered in Nebula White and Nebula Black for $6,499, and the 650 ADVentura comes in Nebula White and Athens Blue for $6,799.
2022 CFMoto 700CL-X and 700CL-X Sport
Taking it up a notch, the 700CL-X and 700CL-X Sport motorcycles both feature a 693cc DOHC liquid-cooled parallel-Twin that makes 74 hp at 8,500 rpm and 47.9 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm. Both bikes have throttle-by-wire, dual-channel ABS, a 6-speed gearbox with a CF-SC slip/assist clutch, 2-into-1 tuned exhaust, a fully adjustable KYB 41mm inverted fork, and a linkage-mounted, progressive-rate KYB rear shock with rebound adjustability.
The 700CL-X and 700CL-X Sport also offer Economy and Sport riding modes and one-touch cruise control. For braking power, the 700CL-X has a J.Juan 320mm single disc and radially mounted 4-piston caliper in the front, while the 700CL-X Sport has a Brembo Stylema 4-piston front calipers with dual 320mm discs. In the rear, both bikes have a 2-piston caliper with a 260mm disc. The 700CL-X rolls on Pirelli MT60 tires, while the Sport is fitted with Maxxis SuperMaxx ST tires.
As premium models, the 700CL-X and 700CL-X Sport feature LED lighting all around, daytime running lights, self-canceling turnsignals, and a 3.5-gallon tank. The 700CL-X has a single upright handlebar with dual mirrors on top, while the Sport features clip-on handlebars with bar-end mirrors.
Both models have a 31.5-inch seat height. Curb weight is 432 lb for the 700CL-X and 451 lb for the 700CL-X Sport.The 700CL-X comes in Twilight Blue and Coal Gray for $6,499, and the 700CL-X Sport comes in Nebula White and Velocity Gray for $6,999.
For more information or to find a CFMoto dealer near you, visit CFMotoUSA.com.
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The whole family will be able to take their turn on two wheels following the recent announcement from Kawasaki of the return of three models for the 2023 model year – the KLX300 dual-sport, KLX300SM supermoto, and Ninja ZX-6R sportbike – as well as a new electric balance bike for the kiddos called the Elektrode. Read on to learn more about these bikes, then don your gear and follow Kawasaki’s advice to “let the good times roll.”
2023 Kawasaki KLX300
The Kawasaki KLX300 dual-sport returns for 2023 with all the features riders have grown to love, whether off-roading or on the street. Starting at $5,899 for the familiar Lime Green ($6,099 for the Fragment Camo Gray), the KLX300 is still a financially friendly entry point for new motorcycle riders. It features a 292cc DOHC liquid-cooled 4-valve Single with its powerband, electric starter, cam profiles sourced from the KLX300R off-road model, and a 6-speed gearbox. We did a first ride review on the KLX300 in March 2021 and reported solid bottom-end torque and midrange power.
The bike has a steel perimeter frame and aluminum swingarm, a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel combo, and dual-sport tuned long-travel suspension for optimal ground clearance. The 43mm inverted fork with adjustable compression damping and the fully adjustable gas-charged Uni-Trak shock provide 10 inches of travel in the front and 9.1 inches in the rear, meaning the KLX300 can dish out whatever the trail (or asphalt) throws at you. When it comes to braking, the dual-sport comes with a 2-piston caliper and 250mm disc up front and a 1-piston caliper and a 240mm disc in back.
2023 Kawasaki KLX300SM
First introduced for the 2021 model year and developed alongside the KLX300 dual-sport, the KLX300SM shares a similar engine and chassis with its stablemate. However, the SM features a host of supermoto-inspired components, including 17-inch front and rear wheels paired with IRC Road Winner RX-01 street tires, supermoto-tuned suspension, and a larger 300mm disc and 2-piston caliper up front for braking.
Priced at $6,299 for both Neon Green and Ebony, the KLX300SM is still a great entry-level supermoto bike but with the credentials that make it attractive to more skilled riders as well.
2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
In order to meet growing consumer demand, Kawasaki has reportedly moved up the production and introduction of its 2023 model Ninja ZX-6R supersport motorcycle, featuring a 636cc 4-cylinder DOHC engine optimized for both the street and the track. The Ninja ZX-6R has the Kawasaki QuickShifter, Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), selectable power modes combined with Kawasaki Traction Control, Showa suspension with a SFF-BP fork, slip/assist clutch, adjustable clutch lever, multifunction LCD screen, and a pressed-aluminum perimeter frame.
The 2023 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is available in Metallic Matte Twilight Blue / Metallic Diablo Black without ABS for $10,699, or in Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray / Metallic Diablo Black for $10,999 without ABS or $11,999 with ABS.
2023 Kawasaki Elektrode Electric Balance Bike
From the brand behind the KX motocross powerhouse comes the new Elektrode electric balance bike. Little rippers can now start their journey on two wheels as early as 3 years old, putting them on the path to the podium earlier than ever.
Since engine noise and exhaust can often be intimidating to young children learning to ride, the Elektrode should help encourage those who might otherwise be nervous to see how much fun riding can be. The Elektrode is lightweight and compact in size to allow for easy transportation in the back seat or trunk of a car.
The 2023 Elektrode electric balance bike features an air-cooled, brushless, in-wheel electric motor producing 250 watts of acceleration at the rear wheel. Power is said to be delivered in a smooth, linear fashion, getting the bike moving in a predictable way and gradually building the rider’s comfort with power and control. The motor positioning contributes to the Elektrode’s low center of gravity, which should create a light steering feel and easy turning and leaning.
The Kawasaki Elektrode’s in-frame lithium-ion battery is said to provide up to 2.5 hours of riding (or approximately 9 miles) depending on battery and rider conditions. The battery takes 2.5 hours to fully recharge from any home outlet, car, camper, or side-by-side vehicle, and the bike features an auto-sleep feature that shuts off the power after 10 minutes of inactivity. The battery’s location in the aluminum frame provides protection from dirt, debris, and potential impact damage that could occur during hard use.
Three speed modes allow young riders to grow and adapt as their abilities increase. Modes can be selected using the LCD screen located on the handlebars – but only when the bike is at a complete stop. Each mode caps the electric bike at a specific speed: low at 5 mph, mid at 7.5 mph, and high at 13 mph. A special parental lock requires a unique passcode to deter unauthorized changing of power levels. Or turn off the power entirely, fold up the rubber-padded steel footpegs, and use the Elektrode as a standard balance bike.
The Elektrode’s lightweight aluminum frame and 32.8-inch wheelbase provide durability while remaining light for kids to handle. A highly rigid steel front fork on the front of the bike should grant young riders a solid feel for steering, and a 160mm rear-mounted mechanical disc brake provides ample stopping power at the pull of a lever.
To add to the lightweight, sturdy nature of the Elektrode, Kawasaki designed special 16-inch cast-aluminum wheels with 16- x 2.125-inch HE-type knobby tires for use on several different types of terrain and tubes with Schrader valves.
The Elekrode is designed to accommodate riders from ages 3 to 8. The 16-inch wheels and adjustable components make it suitable for growing riders, including over 4 inches of adjustability in the seat, meaning the Elektrode can fit children 37-55 inches tall. The handlebar design promotes an upright riding position without compromising knee space, providing the extra room as kids grow, and with a common-sized handlebar and seat, parents will have the ability to change and customize their child’s bike as they see fit.
And when it comes to looking cool, Kawasaki designed the Elektrode to look like a full-fledged off-road machine. A KX-inspired front number plate adorns the front of the Elektrode, and the bike comes in the iconic Kawasaki Lime-Green coloring and racing graphics.
The 2023 Elektrode electric balance bike will be available in Lime Green with for $1,099.
For more information or to find a Kawasaki dealer near you, visit Kawasaki.com.
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We test the all-new 2023 Triumph Tiger 1200, which is available in five variants: GT, GT Pro, GT Explorer, Rally Pro, and Rally Explorer. The GT models are geared toward street adventures, while the Rally models are designed to get dirty. We rode all but the base-model GT at the Tiger 1200 world press launch in Portugal.
The updated Tiger 1200 adventure bike is both slimmer and stronger. It lost 55 lbs and gained serious grunt with the 1,160cc inline-Triple adapted from the Speed Triple 1200 RS, which makes 148 hp at 9,000 rpm and 96 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm. Reworked from nose to tail and crown to sole, the new Tiger 1200 platform also has a new lightweight trellis frame, a cast-aluminum Tri-Link swingarm with shaft final drive, Showa semi-active suspension, a full electronics suite and much more.
Sometimes there is a recognizable moment when you click with a motorcycle. That moment didn’t happen right away on the 2022 KTM1290 Super Adventure R. It happened after we had already completed two days of testing and photography, burned 18 gallons of premium fuel, and redlined the KTM on Jett Tuning’s dyno.
That moment came on a Saturday, when I was out on a solo ride, winding my way through Los Padres National Forest on State Route 33. The 33 passes within earshot of my house, but it doesn’t get good for another 13 miles, when it starts to slither through a canyon carved by the Ventura River and enters Wheeler Gorge, which is so narrow that three tunnels had to be blasted through the rock to build the road. After climbing out of the gorge and passing a campground, Route 33 curves left in a big sweeper that’s like passing a bright-red neon sign that says GO FOR IT!
It was a cold, gray morning – just 43 degrees, according to the KTM’s temperature gauge. My fingers ached and I wished the bike had heated grips, but the engine and tires were up to temp. I thumbed a few buttons to switch from Street to Sport mode, gave the throttle a good twist, and felt the 1290 lunge forward.
Following the big sweeper is a series of constant-radius corners – right, left, right, left, right, left – that are like a racetrack with smooth pavement and familiar curves. I quickshifted down a couple gears, adjusted both body and throttle, and looked far ahead to each corner exit. As the last one opened onto a long straight, I gave it the whip. The big blocks of the Bridgestone Battlax Adventurecross AX41 tires squirmed as they found grip and the TC light flashed to let me know the electronics had things under control.
That was the moment. That was when a mix of satisfaction and heightened awareness combined into a mischievous smile that no one could see. When I realized that this – this right here – is what it’s all about.
Refined over many years, the LC8 has been further updated to reduce weight and improve performance. Thinner crank-case walls and other internal changes shed 3.5 pounds of weight. Revised oil routing reduces friction losses, while new ignition coils and a centralized spark plug improve combustion. A new cooling system uses dual radiators to better dissipate engine heat. A revised and repositioned airbox allows the ram air intakes to work more efficiently. In front of the fuel tank is a new storage compartment, which can be removed by taking out four screws to easily access a new air filter with vertical ribs that help direct dust and dirt to the bottom of the airbox. A new Euro 5-compliant exhaust system has two headers, two catalytic converters, and three sensors, and a revised stainless-steel silencer reduces exhaust noise.
The 6-speed Pankl transmission has been reworked to provide shorter shifting action and smoother, faster gear changes, especially when using the optional quickshifter. The shift drum, now made of aluminum rather than steel, is lighter and machined with more precision. A new bronze coating on the shift forks reduces abrasion compared to the hard-chromed parts on previous models. New friction plates help the slip/assist clutch disengage easier at low speeds.
Holding the LC8 in place is a chromoly-steel trellis frame that uses the engine as a stressed member of the chassis. To improve weight distribution and agility, the steering head was moved back 15mm, the engine mounts were relocated, and the aluminum subframe was redesigned. A longer cast-aluminum swingarm, which has an open-lattice design to minimize weight, improves stability during acceleration.
Zeros and Ones
We’re living in the digital age, and nearly every top-tier motorcycle has electronic features that allow the riding experience to be customized and enhanced. Equipped with throttle-by-wire and a new 6-axis IMU, the 1290 SA-R has ride modes (Sport, Street, Rain, and Off-road), dual-mode ABS (Road and Off-road), KTM’s Motorcycle Stability Control system, and cornering lights. The ride modes adjust engine output, throttle response, and lean-angle-sensitive traction control.
In full-power Sport mode, the 1290 produced 126 hp at 9,100 rpm and 88 lb-ft of torque at 8,000 rpm at the rear wheel on Jett Tuning’s dyno. Street mode offers the same level of power with less direct throttle response and more TC intervention. In limited-power Off-road mode, it made 81 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 62 lb-ft of torque at 6,900 rpm. Rain mode offers the same power with softer throttle response and maximum TC intervention, whereas Off-road mode allows the greatest amount of rear-wheel spin among the four modes. (These dyno figures are down a few points because the knobby tread of the 40% on-road/60% off-road Bridgestone AX41 rear tire does not hook up as well as a more street-biased tire on a dyno’s rear drum.)
Our test bike was equipped with the optional Tech Pack ($749.99), which adds Rally mode, motor-slip regulation, hill-hold control, and the up/down Quickshifter+. Intended for aggressive off-road riding, Rally mode delivers full power and 1:1 throttle response, or it can be customized with maps from other ride modes. It also allows rear-wheel slip to be adjusted (levels 1-9) on the fly using up (+) and down (-) buttons on the left switchgear. The same buttons are used to set, resume, and adjust speed for cruise control, which is standard.
Rally mode also activates a special screen on the new, larger 7-inch color TFT display that shows slip level and gear position in extra-large numerals. On the TFT’s default and sub-menu screens, the information is shown using bold, vivid fonts and graphics. The angle of the TFT display can be adjusted, and the surface is scratch- and glare-resistant. It’s easy to read even in bright sunlight, and the background color automatically changes from white to black in low-light situations. KTM has always had an intuitive menu system, and it is now even easier to use, aided by redesigned switches.
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Bluetooth connectivity is available via the KTM MY RIDE smartphone app, which will display turn-by-turn navigation, mu-sic, and incoming calls on the TFT. The storage compartment in front of the fuel tank is waterproof and has a USB charging port, though it cannot be locked. KTM’s keyless Race On system, which uses a remote fob to turn on the bike, lock/unlock the steering, and open the gas cap, offers extra security with a new Anti-Relay Attack mode.
Heading for the Hills
The 1290 Super Adventure R is KTM’s top-dog ADV for the dirt, but like any adventure bike in the open-class segment, most of its miles will be logged on pavement. That’s why it has Sport, Street, and Rain ride modes, a Road ABS mode, cruise control, and removable rubber inserts in its cleated footpegs. Although the new Bridgestone AX41 tires have an off-road bias, the big-block tread rolls smoothly on the road with minimal noise and provides decent cornering grip.
With photographer Kevin Wing on my six, we rode more than 200 paved miles to reach Lone Pine, a high-desert town that sits at 3,700 feet in California’s Owens River valley. A few miles to the west, the Sierra Nevada range forms a jagged wall that towers more than 10,000 feet above the valley floor. On a clear day, standing just about anywhere in Lone Pine provides an unobstructed view of 14,505-foot Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states.
We were battered by severe headwinds on the ride to Lone Pine. The KTM’s short, rally-style windscreen, which can be hand-adjusted up a couple inches, provides only modest wind protection. Handguards are standard, and the lower pods of the horseshoe-shaped fuel tank (a design also used on the 890 Adventure) provides some lower body protection. Wrapped around the new tank is fresh bodywork with large exit vents for the dual radiators. With most of the fuel located in the pods on either side of the engine, the upper tank area was made slimmer to facilitate stand-up riding.
The two-up seat was also redesigned. It has firm, supportive padding and grippy cover material, and the height of the pi-lot’s portion was lowered from 35 to 34.6 inches. Behind the pillion seat is a sturdy aluminum luggage rack with integrated passenger grab handles. The rack provided a convenient place to mount Nelson-Rigg’s 30-liter Hurricane Waterproof Backpack/Tail Pack to carry my gear.
As with many full-size adventure bikes, the KTM has a spacious cockpit with an upright seating position, generous legroom, and a comfortable reach to its wide, tapered aluminum handlebar. Seat height is fixed, but handlebar position, clutch and brake lever reach, and gear shifter and brake pedal height can all be adjusted to suit different riders.
In the rolling foothills between Lone Pine and the Sierra Nevada lay the Alabama Hills, a group of rock formations that for many years has been a popular filming location for westerns and other movies. The area is crisscrossed with sandy roads and trails, making it an ideal place to evaluate the 1290’s off-road chops. Before leaving the pavement, I aired down the AX41 tires from the recommended 35/42 psi to 30 psi at both ends for better traction. The TFT’s bike info screen shows a schematic of the 1290, and at the lower pressure the wheels changed from green to red and the tire-pressure-monitoring system issued a warning (which can be cleared by pressing a button). To maximize off-road capability as well as tire choices, the 1290 has a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheelset. Spoked aluminum rims are made by Alpina, and they have an O-ring seal system that accommodates tubeless tires.
Riding an adventure bike off-road, especially a powerful one that weighs 539 pounds, comes with abuse. Tubular-steel lower crash bars and a big skid plate are standard equipment, as are a centerstand and integrated mounts for optional saddlebags. The 1290’s greatest asset for off-road riding is its WP XPLOR suspension, which was originally developed for and is still used on KTM’s EXC enduro models. The fully adjustable setup offers 8.7 inches of travel at both ends (ground clearance is 9.5 inches). The 48mm inverted fork has compression in the right leg and rebound in the left, both easily adjustable with dials on the fork caps. Out back, a PDS (Progressive Damping System) monoshock offers both low- and high-speed compression, rebound, and a remote preload adjuster. Damping settings were revised to provide greater control, and the rear shock now offers more bottoming resistance.
The high-quality suspension is incredibly forgiving. It compensates for mistakes and minimizes drama, absorbing hits big and small to keep the chassis from getting out of shape. The 1290 also has a steering damper made by WP, which helps keep front wheel deflections from becoming white-knuckle headshakes. When riding a big ADV off-road, it pays to be judicious with line choice, but soft sand, ruts, and other obstacles often have other plans. Time and again, the 1290 allowed for corrections to be made or dealt with the unexpected in a way that translated into trust and confidence.
On one long stretch of two-track in the Carrizo Plain National Monument, I was up on the pegs and humming along at speed when the road beneath me suddenly disappeared. A small gully had snuck up on me, and I launched off the lip and landed hard on the opposite face. The suspension fully compressed but didn’t bottom out abruptly, and the bike stayed on course. I was chastened by my oversight but relieved by the outcome.
The 1290’s Off-road and Rally ride modes, especially the latter’s adjustability for throttle response and rear-wheel spin (it also turns off wheelie control), allow the engine’s power to be tailored to conditions. With a linear power curve and a flat torque spread, it’s easy to dial in just what you need for big powerslides or to slowly navigate a tricky rock garden. The slip/assist clutch provides good feel at the lever, the quickshifter simplifies gear changes, and the Off-road ABS allows the rear wheel to be locked up as needed.
As good as the 1290 Super Adventure R is off-road, it’s also highly capable and an absolute blast to ride on paved backroads. Those who don’t plan to do much off-road exploring will get more mileage and better grip out of a set of 90/10 adventure tires, but the 40/60 Bridgestones allow deep lean angles and provide good straight-line stability.
The appeal of adventure bikes is their ability to do it all. You could mount luggage on the 1290 and ride solo or with a passenger to the nearest campground or clear across the country. Its 6.1-gallon tank encourages long rides between fuel stops. Over the course of our 1,000-mile test, we averaged 36.4 mpg and 222 miles of range. With headwinds on the free-way and aggressive on- and off-road riding, fuel economy dipped as low as 30 mpg (184 miles). In mellower conditions, we got 44.3 mpg (271 miles).
Once you arrive at your destination, you can drop the luggage and explore what begins when the pavement ends. No, you can’t ride a big ADV like it’s a dual-sport. But with a little restraint and sound judgment, the 1290 Super Adventure R can take you to places well off the beaten path. There are more than one million miles of unpaved roads in this country and millions more beyond our borders. What are you waiting for?
2022 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R SPECS
Base Price: $19,499 Price as Tested: $20,249 (Tech Pack) Warranty: 1 yr., 12,000 miles Website:ktm.com ENGINE Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse 75-degree V-Twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl. Displacement: 1,301cc Bore x Stroke: 108 x 71mm Compression Ratio: 13.1:1 Valve Insp. Interval: 18,600 miles Fuel Delivery: Keihin EFI w/ 52mm throttle bodies x 2 Lubrication System: Dry sump, 3.8 qt. cap. Transmission: 6-speed, hydraulically actuated slip/assist wet clutch Final Drive: X-ring chain CHASSIS Frame: Chromoly steel trellis w/ engine as stressed member, aluminum subframe & cast aluminum swingarm Wheelbase: 61.3 in. Rake/Trail: 25.3 degrees/4.4 in. Seat Height: 34.6 in. Suspension, Front: 48mm inverted fork, fully adj. w/ 8.7 in. travel Rear: Single PDS shock, fully adj. w/ 8.7 in. travel Brakes, Front: Dual 320mm floating discs w/ 4-piston radial calipers & ABS Rear: Single 267mm floating disc w/ 2-piston caliper & ABS Wheels, Front: Spoked tubeless, 2.50 x 21 in. Rear: Spoked tubeless, 4.25 x 18 in. Tires, Front: 90/90-21 Rear: 150/70-18 Wet Weight: 539 lbs. Load Capacity: 453 lbs. GVWR: 992 lbs. PERFORMANCE Horsepower: 126.4 hp @ 9,100 rpm (rear-wheel dyno, Sport mode) Torque: 87.7 lb-ft @ 8,000 rpm (rear-wheel dyno, Sport mode) Fuel Capacity: 6.1 gals. Fuel Consumption: 36.4 mpg Estimated Range: 222 miles