CFMOTO rolls out larger capacity line-up in 2021
2021 marks a big year for CFMOTO, with the manufacturer updating its mid-capacity offering, the 650NK, with the bike expected to arrive in Australia next month (March). The outgoing model was available from $6,790 ride-away, we’re expecting the new 2021 version to be similarly competitively priced.
The first of their new 700 platform is expected to arrive in Australia this June while their partnership with KTM will deliver the larger capacity 800MT towards the end of 2021.
2021 CFMOTO 650NK
The CFMOTO 650NK features a liquid-cooled 649 cc parallel-twin running Bosch EFI and a CF-SC slipper clutch. For the Australian market it will be restricted to 41.5 kW to meet LAMS requirements.
Clean lines are joined by an LED headlight and LEDs all round, alongside split seats and a compact underbelly exhaust.
Suspension is provided by KYB with a traditional fork and monoshock rear setup, while J.Juan handles braking duties. Lines are braided, with dual front petal discs and two-piston calipers.
Continental dual-channel ABS is also featured, as well as a new 5 inch TFT display. Pirelli also provide rubber on the newest model.
A 17 L fuel tank offers a generous range, with the 650NK weighing in at 206 kg at the kerb, fully fuelled.
A 780 mm seat height ensures an inviting experience even for new riders, with the bike coming in Nebula White and Athens Blue.
With the 700CL-X range, CFMOTO are upping their game by introducing their first non-LAMS offering in Australia. These new bikes sport a significantly higher level of specification than we have seen before from CFMOTO.
The 700CL-X range will be available in three versions, a Heritage, Adventure and Sport, and is based around a new larger 693 cc parallel-twin that bumps power up to 73 horsepower at 8500 rpm, torque is 68 Nm at 7000 rpm. That’s a 12 hp and 12 Nm gain over the LAMS compliant 650NK for comparison. The 700 also receives a slipper clutch.
Suspension will again be handled by KYB via 41 mm USD forks with both compression and rebound adjustability. Likewise the rear monoshock will offer adjustability in both preload and rebound. A generous 150 mm of travel is available at each end.
Brakes are a step up from the 650 models too, still featuring J.Juan hardware, but with a larger 320 mm rotor on the front and four-piston caliper. Continental ABS is also fitted and there’s a 260 mm rotor on the rear.
The 700CL-X range also gets a bit more high tech, running Bosch ride-by-wire and offering riding modes as well as cruise control. The bikes promise a dry weight of 183 kg and will feature DRLs or Daytime Running Lights for LED lighting all round.
The CFMOTO 700CL-X is expected in June and we’re still waiting to hear what pricing and model availability between the three variants will be.
The CFMOTO 800MT has been spun out of the brand’s partnership with KTM and while limited information is available, we’re expecting to see a 95 horsepower version of KTM’s LC8c parallel twin displacing 799 cc in a touring focused package.
It is expected to arrive in both spoked and alloy wheel versions.
The 800MT boasts touring style ergonomics and a large seat, clearly separating from the comparable KTM offerings that are powered by this same engine architecture.
Early images show the 800MT with a sharp, futuristic, adventure-touring styled visage, with a short screen, additional integrated foglights, crash-bars and hard topbox and panniers.
Dual disc brakes are seen on the front, likely with the larger four-piston calipers we see on the 700CL-X models. It seems a fair bet we’ll be getting a TFT display, ride-by-wire and most likely host of rider aids starting with rider modes and cruise control, marking it as a further step up from the 700CL-X models.
We’re still waiting for full details to emerge, so CFMOTO may still have a few surprises up their sleeve. The 800MT is expected in Australia towards the end of 2021. Full specifications, pricing and availability will be revealed later this year.
To see what’s currently available and for further information check out the CFMOTO Australia Motorcycle website (link).