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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    





860mmCFMoto 700CL-X Adventure






800mmCFMoto 700CL-X


Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide Revival Icons Collection



13.5 litres

Front tyre


Rear tyre


Front brake

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

Rear brake

260mm disc, floating caliper


USD, damping adjustableCFMoto 700CL-X

Rear shock

Central shock absorber, damping adjustable


4-stroke, liquid-cooled inline twin 



Clutch type

Slide Clutch

CFMoto 700CL-X Heritage

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Harley launches ‘very’ limited edition models

If you thought Harley-Davidson CVO (Custom Vehicles Operations) models were exclusive, the company has now introduced and even more exclusive range called the Icons Collection. 

While CVO release three or four models in limited production every year, the Icons Collection will present only one or two models annually, with a single production run for each motorcycle model. 

Unlike CVO models, Icons model will never be resumed or repeated. 

Each Icons Collection motorcycle will be serialised, and the buyer will receive a certificate of authenticity.

It kickstarts with the Electra Glide Revival.

Only 1500 will be built, arriving in Aussie and New Zealand Harley-Davidson dealerships at $A40,495 rideaway ($NZ43,995).Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide Revival Icons Collection

It is inspired by the 1969 Electra Glide with Harley’s first batwing fairing and saddlebags in white moulded fibreglass.

The Electra Glide Revival replicates that look with a Birch White painted finish with Hi-Fi Blue and Black Denim tank and Hi-Fi Blue fenders and side panels, plus period-inspired tank medallion and Electra Glide script on the front fender. 

It has a solo saddle with a black-and-white cover and a chrome rail, mounted over an adjustable coil spring and shock absorber, which is a nod to Harley-Davidson FL models from the 1960s.

Chrome steel laced wheels and wide whitewall tyres add to the nostalgic look, as do chrome front fender rails and saddlebag rails, front fender skirt, Ventilator air cleaner cover, fork covers, and auxiliary lights. 

Harley released the following model details:Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide Revival Icons Collection

The Electra Glide Revival offers classic style, but its design and technology is absolutely modern. The foundation of the Electra Glide Revival model is the single-spar Harley-Davidson Touring frame with a rigid backbone design to sustain the weight of luggage and to support current engine power. The entire chassis is designed for the long haul. A single knob hydraulically adjusts the pre-load of emulsion-technology rear shock absorbers for optimal ride and control. The 49mm forks with dual bending valve suspension technology deliver linear damping characteristics for a smooth ride.

The classic Bat Wing fairing features a tall clear windshield and a splitstream vent to help reduce rider head buffeting. Electronic cruise control holds a steady speed for comfort on long rides, while a halogen headlamp and incandescent auxiliary lamps provide outstanding illumination and maintain the nostalgic styling of the Revival model.

A Boom! Box GTS infotainment system with colour touch screen powers two fairing-mount speakers and features advanced navigation and hand and voice commands (when paired with a compatible headset) plus Android Auto application and Apple CarPlay software compatibility.

Also, standard is the suite of Harley-Davidson RDRS Safety Enhancements, a collection of technology designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking, including:

o   Cornering Enhanced Anti-Lock Brake System (C-ABS)

o   Cornering Enhanced Electronic Linked Braking (C-ELB)

o   Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System (C-TCS)

o   Drag-torque Slip Control System (DSCS)

o   Hill Hold Control (HHC)

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Triumph Scrambler honours Steve McQueen

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Triumph Motorcycles has honoured Hollywood star and motorcycle fanatic Steve McQueen with a tribute model Scrambler 1200.

The British brand has made many marketing miles out of the fact that McQueen not only rode and liked Triumphs, but starred in The Great Escape jumping a TR6 over a brand wire fence to escape the Nazis.

The stunt was actually performed by friend and bike fettler Bud Ekins, but the brand name has been indelibly linked with NcQueen ever since, bringing marketing and advertising gold to Triumph.

Steve McQueen The Great Escape 1963
Steve McQueen during filming of The Great Escape in 1962

Now they have honoured McQueen, a talented off-row rider who represented America in the 1964 International Six-Day Enduro Trials in Europe.

The Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Special Edition will go on sale in Australia later this year with pricing closer to the date.

Scrambler 1200 Limited Edition Steve McQueen

It is a limited version of the new Euro5-spec Scrambler 1200 with improved emissions and lower heat on the rider’s legs.

Only 1000 McQueen versions will be made, all numbered with special branding on the tank and handlebar clamps, brown bench seat with premium accessories fitted including stainless steel engine bars, laser-cut and pressed-aluminium radiator guard. 

CFMoto 700CL-X

The “competition green” bikes come with a certificate of authenticity featuring the signatures of Triumph CEO Nick Bloor and Steve’s son, Chad.

The new 2021 Scrambler 1200 XC and XE are available in three colours: Cobalt Blue with a Jet Black stripe, Matt Khaki Green with a Jet Black stripe or the single tone Sapphire Black option.

Scrambler 1200 XE

They now come with more than 70 accessories for style, practicality, comfort, luggage, protection and security. 

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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.

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Australia secures limited-edition Vespa

Australian importers have secured about 200 limited-edition Vespa scooters specially designed to celebrate the venerable Italian brand’s 75th anniversary.

The 75th anniversary Primavera 150 and GTS 300 models feature unique styling, special 75th anniversary decals, nubuck leather saddle edged in grey and chrome-plated luggage rack for a specially designed bag.

PS Imports Group Marketing Manager Dale McBride says “supply shouldn’t be too restricted with around 100 of each model.

The GTS and Primavera 75th models are due around late June/ July with pricing announced closer to arrival.

I’ve ridden many scooters and I have to say the best handling and among the best finished are the steel-body Vespas with their unique front suspension.

These two 75th models in retro “Giallo Pirite” metallic yellow should be very special, indeed.

One distinctive feature of the Vespa 75th is the chrome-plated rack and complimentary round bag whose shape replicates the typical spare wheel holder. 

Made from velvety-soft nubuck leather in the same colour as the saddle, the bag has a shoulder strap and clips on the luggage rack with a quick-release mechanism. It comes with a waterproof cover.

Like all Vespa special editions, the series is identified with a plate behind the leg shield.

CFMoto 700CL-X

All 75th models come with a 4.3″ TFT colour display and Vespa MIA smartphone connectivity system.

Each Vespa 75th also comes with a Welcome Kit, a vintage steel Vespa plate, a personal Owner’s Book and eight collector postcards with images from the eight decades of the Vespa story.

Vespa’s paint company, Piaggio, filed its first scooter patent on 23 April 1946, beginning 75 years of iconic urban riding.

Piaggio has now made nearly 19 million vehicles with the growth rate not slowing down.

Vespa produced 58,000 scooters in 2004, more than 100,000 in 2006, 180,000 in 2017 and 200,000 units in 2018.

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Australia confirmed for limited edition Scrambler

Ducati Australia has confirmed we will get some of the 800 limited-edition and numbered edition Desert Sled Fasthouse model.

The motorcycle was created to celebrate the collaboration between Ducati Scrambler and the American clothing brand Fasthouse, which in 2020 took the rider Jordan Graham to victory in the Hooligan class of the Mint 400, the oldest and most prestigious off-road race in America.

Despite the American connection, Ducati Australia confirms the Desert Sled Fasthouse will be available here in August and have a ride away price of $A20,290.

That’s $1000 more than the current white model, but it does look more racey and has a couple of extra features.

They include a non-slip coating on the seat and off-road inspired foot pegs with removable rubber pads.

The black spoked wheels measuring 19” at the front and 17” at the rear are fitted with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres in sizes 120/70 R 19 M/C 60V M+S TL front and 170/60 R 17 M/C 72V M+S TL rear. 

Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide Revival Icons Collection

The collaboration with Fasthouse on this bike also includes the launch of a capsule collection of apparel consisting of short and long-sleeved t-shirts, jackets and caps.

They will be available from the end of April on Fasthouse’s sales channels, in Ducati network dealers and on the Ducati Online Shop.

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Australia way behind in electric vehicle sales

Australia is miles behind the UK when it comes to interest in electric motorcycles and scooters.

A new survey shows half of UK bikers want to own an electric motorbike or have bought one, and 43.8% say sales of new petrol bikes should eventually be banned entirely.

In Australia, there are few electric models available:

Of course, the biggest obstacle in Australia is the combination of limited range of electric vehicles and the tyranny of distance in our big country, especially when compared wth the UK.

But it’s not just sales of electric motorcycles and scooters that are stagnant. Electric Vehicle Council figures show that last ear only 6,900 electric cars were sold in Australia, up just 2.7% on 2019. That’s just 0.7 per cent of total Australian car sales.

By comparison, electric vehicles in the EU increased their market share from 3.8% in 2019 to 10.2% in 2020. In California, market share went from 7.6% to 8.1%. Norway EV sales rose from 56% in 2019 to 75% in 2020.

In the the UK, it was 3.1% in 2019 against 10.7% in 2020, but that should improve markedly if the survey from motorbike insurer Bikesure is any indication.

Electric Vehicle Council chief executive Behyad Jafari blames politicians for “yanking the handbrake” on EV sales in Australia.

Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide Revival Icons Collection

“We have no targets, no significant incentives, no fuel efficiency standards – and in Victoria we even have a new tax on non-emitting vehicles,” he says.

In fact, NSW, South Australia and Victoria have all announced a road user charge for low and zero emission vehicles, which includes electric motorcycles and scooters.

“Our governments are apparently doing everything possible to ensure Australia is stalled with its hazards on while the rest of the world zooms into the horizon,” Beyhad says.

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HD Pan America heading Down Under

Harley-Davidson’s first adventure motorcycle, the Pan America 1250, is heading to Australia and New Zealand later this year.

There are two models (pictured above) in the new family, but Australia and New Zealand will only get the up-spec Special model, arriving in Harley-Davidson dealerships in the third quarter of 2021. 

The Pan America Special is priced at $A31,995 ride away ($NZ33,995).

That’s fairly competitive when compared with rivals from BMW, Ducati, KTM and Triumph.

In the US, the base Pan America 1250 starts at $US17319 and the Special at $US19,999.

The base model has mag wheels and is more road oriented, while the Special is an adventure tourer with electronically adjustable semi-active suspension, tyre pressure monitors, centre stand, multi-position rear brake pedal, hand guards, aluminium skid plate, Daymaker headlight, heated hand grips and steering damper.Harley-Davidson Revolution Max platform Pan America 1250

Options include tubeless spoked wheels like BMW’s GS and adaptive ride height.

Both are powered by the new Revolution Max 1250 engine which will also feature in the Bronx streetfighter which has been delayed until the end of this year.

The liquid-cooled 1250cc V-Twin is designed for low-end torque and low speed throttle control that is useful for off-road riding.

Despite this being a new bike and new territory for the company, their launch video featuring Hollywood action hero Jason Momoa points out that Harley’s roots are on dirt roads more than 100 years ago.

Yet chairman Jochen Zeitz also claims it is the first adventure touring bike designed and built in America.

He’s obviously not counting the electric Zero dual-sport motorcycles which are limited in touring capacity to less than 400km.

It will be interesting to see how the big Harley adventurer copes with Australia’s tough terrain, but on paper it stacks up pretty well against its main competition from BMW, Ducati, KTM and Triumph.

With 150hp or 112kW of power, it’s only beaten by Ducati’s Multistrada, while the torque monster BMW at 142Nm is the only with more grunt than Pan America’s 127Nm.

And while many may expect the company which previously boasted it made “heavy motorcycles” would have characteristic lard, it sits in the middle of the pack at 245kg, 23kg less than the market-leading BMW R 1250 GS.

However, in Australia, we get the Special with all its extra tech and comfort features which nudges the weight up to 253kg which is still less than the BMW and Triumph.

CFMoto 700CL-X

Harley-Davidson Pan America

All the tech is controlled through the 6.8 inch TFT display with speedometer, gear, odometer, fuel level, clock, trip, ambient temp, low temp alert, side stand down alert, TIP over alert, cruise, range and tachometer indication BT capable – phone pairing to access phone calls, music, navigation through the H-D app.

Harley-Davidson dealers will offer an extensive line of accessories, including three durable luggage systems, and new technical riding gear for men and women developed in collaboration with respected European motorcycle apparel specialist, REV’IT!.

Harley-Davidson Pan America
Pan America accessories and rider gear

Pan America Special tech specs

LENGTH 2265mm
TYRES 120/70R19; 170/60R17; Michelin Scorcher “Adventure”
ENGINE Revolution Max 1250, liquid cooled
BORE x STROKE 104 x 72mm
TORQUE  1237Nm
POWER 150hp (112kW) @ 9000rpm
ECONOMY  5.11L/100km
SUSPENSION (front) 47mm inverted fork with electronically adjustable semi-active damping control. aluminium fork triple clamps.
SUSPENSION (rear) Linkage-mounted monoshock with automatic electronic preload control and semi-active compression & rebound damping

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CFMoto 300SR promises more fun

“More Fun” reads the decal on the CFMoto 300SR tail section.CFMoto 300SR

I wonder how much fun you can have with a 292.4cc sports bike with just 21.4kW of power at a screaming 8750 revs.

But with its race replica decals, aggressive styling, light weight, upside-down forks and clip-on handlebars, they’re not kidding.

It is a delight to flick around the city streets and up into your favourite twisting mountain road.

This is the first fully faired bike from the Chinese manufacturer and one of several firsts for the company in coming months. Other firsts are a range of 700cc bikes, a 1250cc adventure bike and even an electric range.

CFMoto is imported to Australia by Mojo Motorcycles who have kept prices competitively low on all their bikes and this is no exception at $5790, ride away with a three-year warranty.

In fact, all CFMoto bikes purchased from until the end of 2020 receive the extended warranty, up from the standard two-year factory unlimited km warranty.

The main rivals to the 300SR are the Honda CBR300R at $5749, KTM RC390 ($5995), Suzuki GSX250R ($5790) and Yamaha YZF-R3 ($6299).

It comes in Nebula Black or the standout Turquoise Blue with race replica decals which I took for a squirt around the city and environs, looking every bit the boy racer, even at my mature years.CFMoto 300SR

Styling is thanks to Kiska, the Austrian design house which is also responsible for many KTM models as CFMoto has close ties with KTM, making their bikes in China for the domestic market.

Complementing the racer style are distinctive LED headlights which give good coverage if you’re commuting home at night.CFMoto 300SR

It also comes with a full-colour TFT display with comprehensive information, two-mode display and even mobile phone connectivity which tells you when you receive a call.

While the bike shares the same drivetrain and frame as the naked 300NK version, there are some subtle and strange differences.

Of course, it weighs more as the fairing adds 15kg, but it’s still a lightweight at just 165kg.

Strangely the liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine has 3.6kW less power.

That is offset by the 4.8Nm more torque which helps drive the bike off the line at the traffic lights and provides a fair bit of flexibility throughout the rev range.

However, it runs out of breath quickly, especially on hills, and you have to tap dance on the slick six-speed transmission to squeeze the most out of the buzzy little engine.

Yet it’s plenty for most novice riders and still great fun for those who enjoy a nimble bike they can flick through tight and technical bits of tarmac.CFMoto 300SR

Surprisingly, the little donk generates a fair bit of heat which is something I did not find with the naked version. It seems the fairing traps the heat and pours it out directly on to your legs.

It comes with a balancer shaft, but still tingles your fingers, backside and toes and blurs the mirrors.

CFMoto 800MT

Riding position is not overly aggressive with the bars slightly lower than the 300NK, but the seat also 15mm lower which tucks you into the bike more.

The unforgivingly hard saddle reminds you that this is a sports bike and not a tourer and the narrow 12-litre tank invites you into an intimate jockey riding position.

Strapped into this position, you have a good command of the bars for counter-steering and quick changes of direction.

While the suspension is a little on the plush side and bottoms out on big bumps with my 75kg weight, it still handles quite well with little fork dive or deviation on big bumps.

It flicks easily into corners and holds deep lean angles where you will be using all the 140mm width of the rear tyre and scraping the hero bobs on the footpegs in quick time with confidence.

And tight feet-up carpark u-turns are simple with wide clip-on bars providing a generous turning circle without jamming your thumbs against the tank.

My only concern is the poor braking performance.CFMoto 300SR

The brakes feel wooden with little initial bite and plenty of input required for effect.

In fact, I was surprised to find that despite the bike weighing more than the 300NK, it has slightly smaller disc rotors at 292mm (front) and 220mm (back) compared with 300mm and 245mm.

CFMoto 300SR tech specs: CFMoto 300SR

  • Price: $5790 ride away
  • Warranty: 3 Year, unlimited kilometres
  • Engine:  292.4cc water-cooled single cylinder, DOHC with balance shaft
  • Transmission: 6-Speed
  • Wet weight: 165kg
  • Suspension front/rear: 37mm upside-down forks, mono shock rear
  • Brakes front/rear: 292mm single disc with four-piston caliper (front), 220mm disc wth floating single-piston caliper (rear)
  • Dimensions: 2010mm (L), 750mm (W), 1080mm (h), 1360mm (wheelbase), 780mm (seat), 135mm (clearance)
  • Tyres: 110/70 R17; 140/60 R17
  • Fuel: 12L

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CFMoto confirms two 400MT variants

CFMoto is not only introducing a bigger adventure bike platform called the 800MT, but there will be two model variants.

Australian CFMoto distributor Mojo Motorcycles boss Michael Poynton confirms that there will be an off-road oriented spoked-wheel model and a more road oriented alloy wheel model.

Both will have 19-inch fronts and 17-inch rears, most likely with varying degrees of tread aggression to suit the terrain.

The bikes will be shod with 110/80 R19 and 150/70 R17 tyres.

“We are planning to release both variants in Australia in the second half of 2021,” he says.

Mojo has been importing the bargain-priced bikes since 2005 with sales of more than 250,000 and now has more than 80 dealerships across the country.

CFMoto’s road motorcycle range currently includes four NK naked bikes (150cc, 250, 300 and 650) as well as the 650MT adventure tourer, 650GT sports tourer and their first full faired bike, the 300SR which we will review shortly.

CFMoto also recently unveiled its 1250cc tourer with a KTM V-twin engine and announced a range of electric scooters will be coming to Australia from 2022.

Moto Guzzi V7 Special

Now we know that the 800MT coming next year will be in two variants, powered by KTM’s 95hp 799cc LC8c parallel twin from the 790 Adventure, now replaced by the 889cc 890 Adventure.

CFMoto and KTM have had a long association with the Chinese manufacturer producing small-capacity KTM bikes for the local market for several years.

And like most CFMoto products, the 800MT will likely be designed by Austrian designers Kiska who also design for KTM.

The 800MT adventure bikes will weigh in at a hefty 231kg, rising to 248kg when in touring mode with alloy panniers and a top box.

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