CFMOTO recently unveiled its new 450SR S lightweight sportsbike at the Beijing motorcycle show, revealing a higher-specification version of the 450SR platform that launched locally this month from $7990 rideaway.
The new 450SR S variant is distinguished by a single-sided swingarm, among other features, putting it closer in line with the SR-C21 concept bike that previewed the platform in 2021.
Mojo Motorcycles, the distributor of CFMOTO in Australia, told INFO MOTO that the higher-spec 450SR S variant is likely to be considered for the Australian market in 2024.
It remains unclear whether the 450SR S would launch alongside the standard 450SR as a more premium option, or if it will replace the model completely.
Mojo Motorycles marketing manager Matt Reilly noted that the popularity of the 450SR, which launched locally last week, may dictate the S variants positioning Down Under.
As well as the single-sided swingarm, the CFMOTO 450SR S debuts fresh styling with a more aggressive fairing, and a shorter underset exhaust system, alongside revised graphics packages in the two colour schemes: Zircon Black and Starlight White.
The bike carries over the 449cc parallel-twin engine which puts out 34.5kW and 29Nm, and is mated with a slipper-clutch-equipped six-speed gearbox.
It also appears to maintain the Brembo brake package consisting of a four-piston caliper squeezing a single 320mm disc at the front end.
A 5.0-inch TFT dash comes standard and can be connected to a rider’s smartphone for features like lap timing, vehicle status, over-the-air updates and extra security measures to prevent theft.
The CFMOTO 450SR currently does not come with traction control, rider modes or a quickshifter.
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