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The CFMoto 700CL-X Now Has A Quatre Litre Sibling In China, The 250CL-X

Not too long, the CFMoto 700CL-X launched in Europe (head here for our full review). The twin-cylinder neo-retro motorcycle is arguably one of the most popular products in the manufacturer’s line-up. Now, a smaller, quarter-liter iteration has been introduced in the company’s home market of China.

Powering the 250CL-X is the company’s smaller 249cc engine that’s also at the heart of CFMoto’s street-naked 250NK. RideApart mentions that this engine makes about 27.5bhp, which is expected of a single-cylinder engine of this capacity. Interestingly, CFMoto also has a slightly larger 292cc single-cylinder engine  – the one that’s also on the 300NK – in its portfolio. Reports suggest that this is the engine that could make its way to Europe and other markets. As a result, the ensuing model will bear a 300CL-X nameplate.

CFMOTO-700CL-X

Unlike the 700CL-X, a brand-new model from the ground up, the 250/300CL-X uses the same frame, suspension, and braking components from the 250/300NK and 300SR. This is a reasonably competent chassis set-up and will also allow the manufacturer to get the new model to more market quicker, as the NKs have already been homologated.

The 300CL-X will take on the likes of the 250s from now-partner brand KTM, and Husqvarna.

Image credit: Visordown

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CFMoto 700 CL-X Debuts in Europe

Chinese-made motorcycles tend to catch a lot of flak for being sub-par, but over the last few years, a brand from the Zhejiang Province in China has been growing out of the norm. CFMoto has grown substantially as a brand by spending the recent past expanding to new markets and by introducing some unique, fun-to-ride motorcycles.

The latest addition to its portfolio is the retro-styled CFMoto 700 CL-X. Our friends at motorbikewriter.com recently rode the motorcycle, and you can head here to check out an in-depth review.

Visually, the 700 CL-X draws inspiration from other neo-retro scramblers, like the Ducati Scrambler and the Yamaha XSR700. Speaking of, it’s these middle-weight motorcycles that the 700 CL-X will take on in the market. 

2022 CFMoto 700CL X

Visordown reports that the 700 CL-X is powered by a 693cc parallel twin-cylinder engine that produces 74bhp and 50lb-ft of torque – right around what its counterparts are capable of. The bike also features some unique elements like self-canceling indicators, LED lighting all around, and fully adjustable suspension.

There’s no official information on when (or if) the CFMoto 700 CL-X will be available in the North American market. That said, the manufacturer has updated its European websites to feature the model. Prices in the UK start at £6,299 (approximately $8,669)

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Review: CFMOTO 700CL-X Heritage

Chinese manufacturer CFMOTO has been steadily making inroads in Australia over the past decade with its learner motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.

Australian importer Mojo Motorcycles is one of a growing list of companies that are no longer members of the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries so their sales figures for CFMOTO are not counted.

But when they were last an FCAI member CFMOTO had laudably and surprisingly crept into the top 10 manufacturers.

And that is despite not having any scooters or motorcycles with an engine capacity of more than 650cc. In other words, no non-learner models.

Until now.CFMOTO 700CL-X Heritage

With the recent arrival of the 700CL-X range — their first non-learner motorcycles — many in the industry will be nervously and enviously monitoring sales of this bike and the coming 800cc models next year powered by KTM engines under their special arrangement with the Austrian motorcycle company.

And well should they be nervous because the 700CL-X Heritage is a handsome and well-appointed motorcycle arriving at $9490 ride away.

That includes Pirelli MT60RS “scrambler” tyres as used by Ducati and Triumph, two engine modes, cruise control, USB charging port under the seat and full LED lighting including a headlight that adapts illumination to ambient conditions.

The Hertitage naked bike will be followed by a Sport cafe racer later this year and the Adventure all-roader next year.

It is no coincidence that the “X” from the model name features heavily in the styling which really does have an X factor.CFMOTO 700CL-X Heritage

The bike is styled by Kiska Design House in Australia which is responsible for the famous orange brand’s futuristic form.

That design aesthetic is mirrored in the 700CL-X from the futuristic LED headlight with its “X” illumination to one of the tidiest of tail designs on the road today.CFMOTO 700CL-X Heritage

Not only is it well styled, but there is a lot of attention to detail in the build quality from neat frame welds to little grommets in the headstock to channel the cables. A lot of bigger manufacturers could take notice of this orderly cabling.

The 700CL-X also has the most attractive standard exhaust pipe on the market (apart from MV Agusta) with its stubby, brushed aluminium exhaust, although the catalytic convertor tucked underneath the bike is massive.CFMOTO 700CL-X Heritage

Another plus is the growling exhaust note which is pleasing without being a public nuisance. No need for an aftermarket replacement.

While this is the first non-learner CFMOTO motorcycle in Australia, it is powered by the same inline twin-cylinder water-cooled engine as in their 650cc range.

It has been stroked 4mm to 693cc with other updates including Bosch fuel-injection, split connecting rods, a slipper clutch and forged pistons.

The optimised intake system improves efficiency and increases the peak power from 41.5kW to 55kw and torque from 62Nm to 67Nm.

The result is a much punchier unit that will happily keep pace with other models in the midrange naked bike market.

In fact, it will pop the front wheel if you get a little too eager in the first couple of gears.

That’s not just the result of a punchier engine, but also gearing which I believe is too low for Australian conditions.CFMOTO 700CL-X Heritage

First gear will hit the 6000rpm limiter by the time you get to 60km/h and your hands and nether regions will be tingling excitedly at “cruising” speed on the highways with the engine revving at 4500rpm in sixth gear.

It may mean rapid acceleration, but it also results in numb hands after an hour’s ride and disappointing fuel economy of about 5L/100km with the fuel warning flashing after just 160km, despite a 13-litre fuel tank. 

There are two engine modes — Eco and Sport — although Eco does not improve fuel economy. I suspect it just softens throttle response which is handy in slippery conditions. 

On my two-week test I found I was rapidly clicking through the cogs to fourth and fifth around town and sixth from 80km/h. An aftermarket smaller rear sprocket would sort out the gearing issue.

Thankfully the 700CL-X gearbox is slick and clutch pull is moderate, although neutral can be difficult to select.

Another concern about the powertrain is that service intervals are a low 5000km.CFMOTO 700CL-X Heritage

Thankfully it is one of the few adventur-ish motorcycles that has an easy-to-access air filter for cleaning. Just remove the right plastic panel.

They also say an oil change is so simple it can “easily be done at home”, so you could save some money doing your own services.

Riding position is upright and fairly neutral for most riders although at 183cm tall my knees became sore after a few hours in the saddle due to the high pegs.

The seat is 800mm high, but narrow enough for me to put both feet flat on the ground when stopped with my legs still bent.

It feels like a soft saddle, but you sink down on to a hard and flat platform underneath which can become uncomfortable after a couple of hours.

There is also hardly any room for a pillion who only gets the seat sash to hang on to. That also means little room for a tail bag and the tidy tail means there are no tie-down points for luggage either.CFMOTO 700CL-X Heritage

Straight bars and high and wide mirrors make it a pleasure to filter through traffic. But on the highway the mirrors create some head buffeting and the engine revs blur the rear-view image.

Riders will enjoy the convenience of the easy-to-use cruise control. However, it will lose speed up hills and pick up speed going down, so be aware.

Despite only having one 320mm brake disc up front, the bike weighs just 183kg dry (196kg wet), so it has quite effective braking.

The round instrument pod has a plethora of information and the LCD screen is easy to read in even the brightest sunshine.

However, I have some issues with the instruments.CFMOTO 700CL-X Heritage

The “SEL” and “ADJ” buttons on the left of the instruments do not stand for select and adjust. Instead, the top button toggles through information on the bottom of the screen and the bottom button toggles through info on the top off the screen.

If that isn’t weird enough, a couple of the displays have no meaning at all. One is “-=2” and the other is “P- – – -“. Neither varies and neither is explained in the owner’s manual.

While there is a lot info (clock, instant and average fuel economy, average speed, engine temperature, clock, odometer, battery volts and hours of use) there is only one trip meter.

I would gladly sacrifice the two unexplained displays for a range and/or a range-to-empty display.

Perhaps that could be modified with a software update.

My test bike had only just received its 1000km service, so the engine may loosen up and provide slightly better fuel economy and the KYB suspension may also lose some of its stiction and provide a more compliant ride.

I found the suspension fine for smooth roads, but harsh and choppy on bumpy roads, although there was no bump steer or chattering.

The forks are adjustable for rebound and damping, but it didn’t seem to make a lot of difference and the rear shock is adjustable for preload with a C-spanner which is difficult to access.

CFMOTO says the bike is designed for 20% off-road with its scrambleresque tyres and basic suspension. That’s about right and fits in with other road-oriented scramblers from companies such as Yamaha, BMW and Ducati.

This is a fine entry into the non-learner sector for CFMOTO and portent for bigger bikes to come.

It will come with a pack of accessories including classic-style panniers, a diamond-stitched seat, protection and bar-end mirrors, as well as a collection of rider gear.

CFMOTO Australia includes a two-year unlimited kilometre warranty plus an extra year if servicing is done by an authorised dealer.

CFMOTO 700CL-X tech specsCFMOTO 700CL-X Heritage

  • Price: $9490 ride away.
  • Warranty: 2 years/unlimited km.
  • Engine: liquid-cooled, 693cc twin.
  • Power: 55kW @ 8500rpm
  • Torque: 68Nm @ 6500rpm.
  • Gearbox: 6-speed, chain drive.
  • Weight: 196kg.
  • Suspension front/rear: 41mm KYB upside-down fork, fully adjustable, 150mm travel; KYB rear shock with preload and compression adjustment, 150mm travel.
  • Brakes front/rear: Radial mount caliper, 320mm disc; floating brake caliper, 260mm disc, ABS.
  • Dimensions: 2100mm (L); 860mm (W); 1150mm (H); 1435mm (WB); 800mm (S)

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An Aussie Debut For CFMoto 700 CL-X Sport

When CFMoto’s 700 CL-X Sport, Heritage, and Adventure premiered at the  2019 EICMA Motorcycle Show, the Chinese bike made waves with the company’s clever sourcing of inspiration.

A view of the CFMoto 700 CL-X Series: The Sport, Adventure, and Heritage.

CFMoto was already well-known in the industry for a series of smart bikes that lived up to their spec sheet, the most notable being the 800 MT – an adventure bike based on the KTM 790 Adventure.

A view of the CFMoto 800 MT

For the 700 CL-X series, CFMoto created a surprisingly compact bike with a KTM-inspired design, transmission gleaned from BMW roots, and architecture inspired by the engine of the Kawasaki Z650

The result? A veritable chimera of style, speed, and sound that has kept the masses eager for access. 

A view of the CFMoto 700 CL-X Series: The Sport, Adventure, and Heritage.

Now, we’ve just gotten wind from RideApart that the 700 CL-X Sport variant is on its way to the Central and Eastern Hemispheres – specifically, Australia and Europe.

A view of the CFMoto 700 CL-X Sport Variant, soon to be made available in Australia and the Central and Eastern Hemispheres.

Riding on the successes of the CL-X Classic released to the global market last year, the Sport variant will purportedly showcase a sharper style marrying retro to the modern via a newer aesthetic and a more aggressive riding position (courtesy of clip-on handlebars and rear set controls).

A view of the unique headlight on the all-new CFMoto 700 CL-X Sport Variant, soon to be made available in Australia and the Central and Eastern Hemispheres.

The bike will also sport (pun intended) 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels, as well as a very nice set of Brembo brakes, Adjustable front and rear suspension, and an aluminum alloy swingarm designed to keep things light. 

A view of the gas tank details on the CFMoto 700 CL-X Sport Variant, soon to be made available in Australia and the Central and Eastern Hemispheres.

With the bike tipping the scales at 196 kg and CFMoto’s 693cc parallel-twin engine sporting a neat 73 horsepower, the bike is a solid steal at $9490 AUD or the equivalent of $6,939 USD – a factor that has played big into the series’s popularity, and one that could be extremely profitable, should CFMoto ever decide to expand to the Western Hemisphere and include US Dealerships in their contracts. 

A view of the CFMoto 700 CL-X Sport

The 700 CL-X Sport variant will likely see its Australian debut in the fourth quarter of this year. Make sure to stay tuned for further releases, and stay safe on the twisties!

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CFMOTO unveils MT800 accessories

CFMOTO Australia is gearing up for the launch of their first non-learner adventure motorcycle models, the 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring, late this year.

Last month they announced pricing and now they have unveiled a wide range of accessories.

The 800MT Sport in Starlight Black will cost just $12,990 ride away and the up-spec Ocean Blue 800MT Touring is only $1000 more.

They will come with a three-year, unlimited kilometres warranty under CFMOTO current ‘2 plus 1’ deal.

Now the importers have announced a wide-ranging line-up of genuine accessories for the Aussie-bound duo.

In addition to a huge catalogue of standard-fitment features, 21 items will also be available across the full accessories’ gamut: luggage, protection and ergonomic alternatives such as a higher seat, handlebar riser mounts and oversized rally pegs.

The accessories range is as follows:

LUGGAGECFMoto 800mt

Aluminium top case (36 litres): $699

•    High-strength reinforced corners  for the shock and stress of off-road riding

•    Perfect match with the original mounting bracket

•    Waterproof, dustproof scratchproof inside lining

Aluminium side case (RHS 28 litres, LHS 35 litres): $699 eachCFMoto 800mt

•    High-strength reinforced corners  for the shock and stress of off-road riding

•    Perfect match with the original mounting bracket

•    Waterproof, dustproof scratchproof inside lining

Rear tail bag (40 litres): $399

CFMoto 800mt

•    Constructed from waterproof and wear-resistant nylon fabric

•    Wide range of internal pockets and strapping

•    Top access port (waterproof zipper), internal nylon waterproof bag

•    Double-end roll mouth, items accessible from both sides

•    Converts to a backpack when not fitted to bike.CFMoto 800mt

Side bag assembly: RHS $599, LHS $499

•    Isolation plate which protects the bag and its contents from exhaust heat

•    Made of wear-resistant waterproof 1000D fabric, with a waterproof zipper to achieve an all-inclusive waterproof and dustproof seal

•    Can be used as a backpack or tail bag

•    10kg maximum load

The 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring will go on sale with factory-fitted pannier mounts.

PROTECTIONCFMoto 800mt

•    Headlight guard (silver or black): $179

•    Radiator protector (silver or black): $169

•    Lower crash bars (silver): $299

•    Spotlight guards : $99

•    Front brake caliper guards: $59

•    Front brake fluid reservoir guard: $59

•    Rear brake fluid reservoir guard: $59

•    Dashboard protective film: $12

ERGONOMICSCFMoto 800mt

•    High seat (up 30mm to 855mm): $199

•   Oversized rally pegs: $119 each

•    Handlebar riser mounts: $89CFMoto 800mt

MISCELLANEOUS

•    Oversized side stand seat (800MT Sport only): $59

•    Front fender extension: $39

•    Device extension bar: $99

MORE 800MT ACCESSORIES INFORMATION 

The 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring are powered by KTM’s 799cc parallel twin, which produces 70kW (95hp) at 8000rpm and 88Nm at 6600rpm.

The 800MTs also have a slipper clutch, Bosch electronic fuel injection and a ride-by-wire throttle with three riding modes: rain, off-road and road.

The 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring share the same 19-litre fuel capacity, expansive rider and pillion seats, tubular steel frame, fully adjustable KYB suspension, crash bars, 825mm seat height, adjustable screen and Spanish J.Juan brakes with ABS.

The major point of differentiation between the two is in the rolling stock: cast wheels on the Sport as opposed to spoked tubeless wheels on the Touring. Wheel sizes are 19-inch front and 17-inch rear – an ideal compromise for road and off-road riding.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Aussie actor the face of Chinese motorcycle

Aussie actor Shane Jacobsen who famously starred in Kenny and fronted the short-lived Australian version of Top Gear is now a brand ambassador for CFMOTO Australia a Chinese motorcycle and all-terrain brand.

Despite the only promo shots supplied by CFMOTO Australia being Shane with a farmer’s ATV, importer PR honcho Mark Fattore confirms the petrol head does indeed ride motorcycles and they are lining up a second photoshoot now.

“Ambassadors don’t overload you with availability times,” he says.

It could be a good PR move to employ such an iconic Aussie actor as the face of a Chinese company during these days of strained relationships.

Michael Poynton, director of CFMOTO importer Mojo Motorcycles told us last year during the height of the trade war with China that they had not experienced any backlash against Chinese products with their retail numbers still increasing.

And why not?

The “cold war” is between the Australian Government and the Chinese Government (or Chinese Communist Party which is effectively the same thing), not the people of the two countries.

Besides, it hasn’t stopped Aussies buying Chinese-made products from Harvey Norman in record amounts (if you’re reading this, Harvey, give the Jobkeeper funding back!).

Michael says having Shane Jacobson in the “CFMOTO family” is a “is a massive shot in the arm in terms of expanding our brand recognition and supporting our ever-expanding two and four-wheel portfolios”.

“Since we entered the Australian market, we’ve had an unwavering focus to be the best we can in some hotly contested battle grounds. The farm sector is one of those.”

Shane Jacobsen face of CFMOTO Australia
Shane Jacobsen face of CFMOTO Australia

“In many ways that hard work has paid off and we’re already a strong force, but having Shane as an ambassador for CFMOTO is a massive shot in the arm in terms of expanding our brand recognition and supporting our ever-expanding two and four-wheel portfolios.”

The official press release from CFMOTO Australia says he is eager to “play with the entire product range it has – which is a lot!

a view of the DC100 and the DC Classic, under spotlight, likely at a reveal from Davinci Tech

“I can’t wait to share my stories and experienced of enjoying the bikes and vehicles in the CFMOTO stable with the world and, let’s be honest: it’s not a job, it’s a joy and privilege, but hey someone has to do it.”

Shane is best known for his breakout performance as Kenny in the eponymous 2006 movie for which he won an AFI award for best lead actor in a feature film.

Since then, his body of work across film, television and theatre has been voluminous.

Highlights include his portrayal of Brant Webb in the telemovie Beaconsfield, playing the role of Barry Tregear in Irish Jack on the ABC, starring alongside legendary Aussie Paul Hogan in Charlie & Boots and working with Jeremy Renner in The Born Legacy and Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker.

His theatre credits include Rocky Horror Show, Mother and Son, Shane Warne The Musical and Guys N Dolls.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

CFMoto reveals 800MT pricing

CFMOTO Australia has announced the competitive pricing for its adventure motorcycle models, the 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring, which will arrive later this year.

The 800MT Sport in Starlight Black  will cost just $12,990 ride away and the up-spec Ocean Blue 800MT Touring is only $1000 more.

They will come with a three-year, unlimited kilometres warranty under CFMOTO current ‘2 plus 1’ deal.

At the heart of both bikes is KTM’s  799cc parallel twin, which produces 70kW (95hp) at 8000rpm and 88Nm at 6600rpm.

The 800MTs also have a slipper clutch, Bosch electronic fuel injection and a ride-by-wire throttle with three riding modes: rain, off-road and road.

The 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring share the same 19-litre fuel capacity, expansive rider and pillion seats, tubular steel frame, fully adjustable KYB suspension, crash bars, 825mm seat height, adjustable screen and Spanish J.Juan brakes with ABS.

The major point of differentiation between the two is in the rolling stock: cast wheels on the Sport as opposed to spoked tubeless wheels on the Touring. Wheel sizes are 19-inch front and 17-inch rear – an ideal compromise for road and off-road riding.CFMOTO 800MT

800 MT standard features:

  • A seven-inch TFT screen with Bluetooth connectivity and a navigation function (as well as complementary App);
  • Cruise control;
  • Adjustable screen;
  • Fog lights;
  • Crash bars;
  • USB and 12-volt charging; and
  • LED lights and turn signals.

800MT Touring features:

  • Tyre pressure monitoring;
  • A two-way quickshifter;
  • Handguards;
  • Alloy bashplate;
  • Steering damper; and
  • Keyless start.

CFMOTO 800MT

2022 CFMOTO 800MT Sport & 800MT Touring tech specs

ENGINE

  • Type: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke DOHC parallel twin
  • Capacity: 799cc
  • Bore x stroke: 88mm x 65.7mm
  • Engine management: Bosch electronic fuel injection
  • Throttle: Ride-by-wire
  • Riding modes: Rain, off-road and road

PERFORMANCE

a front right view of spy shots taken of a new KTM machine
  • Claimed maximum power: 70kW (95hp) at 8000rpm
  • Claimed maximum torque: 88Nm at 6600rpm

TRANSMISSION

  • Type: Six speed
  • Final drive: Chain
  • Clutch: Slipper

CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR

  • Frame: Steel tubular
  • Front suspension: 43mm KYB upside-down fork, fully adjustable
  • Rear suspension: KYB monoshock, fully adjustable
  • Front brakes: Twin 320mm discs with J.Juan four-piston radial calipers, ABS
  • Rear brake: 260mm disc with J.Juan twin-piston caliper, ABS
  • Wheels: Sport – cast; Touring – spoked
  • Tyres: Maxxis tubeless, 110/80-19 front, 150/70-17 rear

DIMENSIONS, CAPACITIES AND TECH FEATURES

  • Claimed wet weight: 225kg
  • Seat height: 825mm
  • Ground clearance: 190mm
  • Fuel capacity: 19 litres
  • Cruise control: Yes
  • Fog lights: Yes
  • USB and 12-volt charging: Yes
  • Dashboard: Seven-inch TFT with Bluetooth connectivity and navigation function; complementary App
  • LED lights and turn signals: Yes

ADDITIONAL STANDARD FEATURES ON 800MT TOURING

  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Two-way quickshifter
  • Handguards
  • Alloy bashplate
  • Steering damper
  • Keyless start

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

CFMOTO launches 80 model range

CFMOTO has unveiled its new KTM-powered 800MT adventure family at the 2021 Beijing motorcycle show.

The two-model range consists of the 800MT Sport and the up-spec 800MT Touring which will arrive to tackle Australia’s bush in late 2021 with prices announced soon.

At the heart of both bikes is KTM’s  799cc parallel twin, which produces 70kW (95hp) at 8000rpm and 88Nm at 6600rpm.

The 800MTs also have a slipper clutch, Bosch electronic fuel injection and a ride-by-wire throttle with three riding modes: rain, off-road and road.

The 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring share the same 19-litre fuel capacity, expansive rider and pillion seats, tubular steel frame, fully adjustable KYB suspension, crash bars, 825mm seat height, adjustable screen and Spanish J.Juan brakes with ABS.

The major point of differentiation between the two is in the rolling stock: cast wheels on the Sport as opposed to spoked tubeless wheels on the Touring. Wheel sizes are 19-inch front and 17-inch rear – an ideal compromise for road and off-road riding.

800 MT standard features:

  • A seven-inch TFT screen with Bluetooth connectivity and a navigation function (as well as complementary App);
  • Cruise control;
  • Adjustable screen;
  • Fog lights;
  • Crash bars;
  • USB and 12-volt charging; and
  • LED lights and turn signals.

800MT Touring features:

  • Tyre pressure monitoring;
  • A two-way quickshifter;
  • Handguards;
  • Alloy bashplate;
  • Steering damper; and
  • Keyless start.

CFMOTO 800MT

CFMOTO Australia director Michael Poynton describes the official launch of the 800MTs in China last weekend as “a huge moment”.

“It not only adds a new and exciting chapter to the CFMOTO and KTM technical and operational alliance, but continues CFMOTO’s push into new and exciting markets,” he says.

“We’re already seeing that with the upcoming 700CL-X middleweight full-powered range, and now the adventure segments beckons  – and we are confident the 800MTs will make a huge impression with their technical flair and impressive styling.”

They will come with a three-year, unlimited kilometres warranty under CFMOTO current ‘2 plus 1’ deal.

2022 CFMOTO 800MT Sport & 800MT Touring tech specs

ENGINE

  • Type: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke DOHC parallel twin
  • Capacity: 799cc
  • Bore x stroke: 88mm x 65.7mm
  • Engine management: Bosch electronic fuel injection
  • Throttle: Ride-by-wire
  • Riding modes: Rain, off-road and road

PERFORMANCE

  • Claimed maximum power: 70kW (95hp) at 8000rpm
  • Claimed maximum torque: 88Nm at 6600rpm

TRANSMISSION

  • Type: Six speed
  • Final drive: Chain
  • Clutch: Slipper

CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR

  • Frame: Steel tubular
  • Front suspension: 43mm KYB upside-down fork, fully adjustable
  • Rear suspension: KYB monoshock, fully adjustable
  • Front brakes: Twin 320mm discs with J.Juan four-piston radial calipers, ABS
  • Rear brake: 260mm disc with J.Juan twin-piston caliper, ABS
  • Wheels: Sport – cast; Touring – spoked
  • Tyres: Maxxis tubeless, 110/80-19 front, 150/70-17 rear

DIMENSIONS, CAPACITIES AND TECH FEATURES

  • Claimed wet weight: 225kg
  • Seat height: 825mm
  • Ground clearance: 190mm
  • Fuel capacity: 19 litres
  • Cruise control: Yes
  • Fog lights: Yes
  • USB and 12-volt charging: Yes
  • Dashboard: Seven-inch TFT with Bluetooth connectivity and navigation function; complementary App
  • LED lights and turn signals: Yes

ADDITIONAL STANDARD FEATURES ON 800MT TOURING

  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Two-way quickshifter
  • Handguards
  • Alloy bashplate
  • Steering damper
  • Keyless start

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

CFMoto 700CL-X finally set to land Down Under

After a long wait, the handsome CFMoto 700CL-X range will be launched in Australia in July at $9490, ride away.

The bike was to be launched last year, then the launch was pushed back to early this year, presumably because of the pandemic. 

More than 8000 have now been produced in China, so they will start to roll out around the world.

When it does arrive, it will come with a pack of accessories including classic-style panniers, a diamond-stitched seat, protection and bar-end mirrors, as well as a collection of rider gear.

It will continue CFMoto’s reputation as one of the most affordable brands on the market.

The company celebrated its 30th anniversary in Milan in November 2019 with the announcement that the 700CL-X would arrive in late 2020.

There were to be three models: Sports with bar-end mirrors, lower bars, solo seat and mag wheels; Classic with more complex mags, round mirrors and wide bars; and Adventure with a screen, wire wheels and knobby tyres.

However, CFMoto Australia director Michael Poynton says the 700CL-X will arrive in the Classic model only in a choice of grey or blue.

It will include a two-year unlimited kilometre warranty plus an extra year if servicing is done by an authorised dealer.

The Adventure and Sports will arrive later this year.

“The 700CL-X is extremely important to us,” Michael says.

“It will be the company’s first non-LAMS model, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg of what we can expect from CFMOTO as a result of its relationship with KTM,” Michael says.

“Underscoring that relationship is a significant joint venture built on bricks and mortar.”

Last year the company opened a new office and R&D building, in Hangzhou, China, as well as a new manufacturing facility nearby.

CFMoto 700CL-X

CFMoto 700CL-X

Most CFMoto models are now designed by Kiska, the contemporary Austrian design house that does KTM’s design work.

The company has close ties with KTM, making their bikes in China for the domestic market.

CFMoto 700CL-X

This Euro-designed bike features a mix of modern and traditional influences.

For example, the traditional round headlight has LED lighting and the round instruments have an LCD readout that can display fuel consumption and incoming call.CFMoto 700CL-X

Interestingly, the X design in the headlights and the LCD instrument are quite reminiscent of the popular Ducati Scrambler.CFMoto 700CL-X

The CFMoto 700CL-X has a lightweight frame that weighs just 16.5kg and the swingarm weighs 6.7kg. All up, it weighs 183kg dry.

Technology includes ABS, electronically controlled throttle, sliding clutch, cruise control , USB charging port under the seat and “electronic protection control” (an alarm, we think).

Its lighting system automatically switches on/off according to ambient brightness.CFMoto 700CL-X

New engineCFMoto 700CL-X

The 700CL-X is powered by a newly developed 692cc inline twin-cylinder water-cooled engine.

It is the latest evolution of the CFMOTO 150/250/400/650 displacement platforms, featuring split-type connection rod, forged piston, electronic throttle, sliding clutch.

The optimised intake system improves efficiency and increases the peak power from 41.5kW to 55kw and torque from 62Nm to 67Nm.CFMoto 700CL-X

Thankfully it is one of the few adventur-ish motorcycles that has an easy-to-access air filter for cleaning.

Just remove the right plastic panel.

They say an oil change is so simple it can “easily be done at home”.

CFMoto also has a range of accessories to customise the bike, including luggage for the Adventure model.CFMoto 700CL-X

CFMoto 700CL-X tech specsCFMoto 700CL-X

Dry Weight    

183kg

Length

2100mm

Width    

860mmCFMoto 700CL-X Adventure

Height

1150mm

Wheelbase

1435mm

Seat 

800mmCFMoto 700CL-X

Clearance

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160mm

Fuel 

13.5 litres

Front tyre

110/80-R18

Rear tyre

180/55-R17

Front brake

320mm disc, radial-mount caliperCFMoto 700CL-X

Rear brake

260mm disc, floating caliper

Forks

USD, damping adjustableCFMoto 700CL-X

Rear shock

Central shock absorber, damping adjustable

Engine 

4-stroke, liquid-cooled inline twin 

Displacement    

692.2cc

Clutch type

Slide Clutch

CFMoto 700CL-X Heritage
Heritage

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CFMOTO adds 650NK SP Edition

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The Chinese-made CFMOTO 650NK is still one of the best bang-for-your-buck bikes in the learner market, but if you want improved handling, grip and tech, there is now an option.

CFMOTO Australia has announced the addition of the 650NK SP Edition at $7790 at $1000 more than the standard model which is still $300 cheaper than when it arrived in 2013, despite a lot of updates over the years.

The 650NK is styled by KTM’s designer Kiska, but is a basic, albeit a highly reliable and agreeable ride.CFMOTO 650NK SP Edition

Now, the SP edition should improve your ride experience even more with features such as KYB suspension, Pirelli Angel ST tyres, new slipper clutch, enhanced 6 speed gearbox for optimised gear changes, large 5-inch TFT display, Bosch EFI (Euro 5), new rims and new aggressive NK styling.

The 650NK SP is one of many new models from CFMOTO this year.

CFMOTO Australia boss Michael Poynton hopes to release two 700CL-X variants this year, with the first one scheduled to arrive in July.

“We are also hoping to have the 800MT (KTM 790 powered adventure bike) in the market end of this year,” he says.

“With electric, we hope to also have something in Australia later this year, however this will be under CFMOTO’s new sub brand Zeeho.”

No word yet on the arrival of 1250cc-powered touring and adventure bikes.

The 650NK SP is powered by a 41.5 kW (LAMS restricted) 650cc parallel twin engine as used in the 650NK, MT and GT variants, and is managed by a Bosch EFI system now certified for Euro 5 emission standards. 

CFMoto 700CL-X

Spanish J.Juan hydraulic disc brakes and Continental ABS braking system are standard.CFMOTO 650NK SP Edition

Pirelli’s sporty Angel ST tyres should be a good match for the upgraded KYB suspension with a conventional telescopic fork at the front and a cantilever KYB monoshock at the rear.

The full colour TFT display self adjusts to ambient light has two Sports and Eco display modes like the standard model but is now larger. CFMOTO 650NK SP Edition

The 650NK SP is available in two colour options, Athens Blue or White/Black.CFMOTO 650NK SP Edition

All CFMoto bikes until the end of May 2021 receive a three-year extended warranty, up from the standard two-year factory unlimited km warranty.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com