CFMoto’s new 700CL-X naked sportsbike will be the brand’s first non-LAMS model to hit Australian showrooms when it launches early next year.
The new platform will birth three variants, starting with the 700CL-X Heritage in February, followed by the Adventure and Sport models thereafter.
Power comes from a 693cc parallel-twin sending 55kW and 68Nm to the rear wheel via a slipper-clutch-equipped six-speed gearbox.
The bike features neo-retro styling, with things like a round headlight, aluminium trim elements, alloy wheels reminiscent of wire-spoked wheels as well as a leather seat.
Most notable about CFMoto’s new model is its segment-leading level of standard equipment. The bike benefits from KYB 41mm forks with a link-mounted KYB rear shock, adaptive LED lighting, daytime running lights, auto-cancelling indicators and an LCD dash.
The 700CL-X also boasts two riding modes, Economy and Sport, and comes with cruise control and a USB charging point as standard.
Brakes measure 320mm at the front with a four-piston radial-mount caliper, while a 260mm disc with a twin-piston caliper pulls up the rear.
Following in the footsteps of the Ducati Scrambler range, the CFMoto can be customised with modular bodywork, while two base colour schemes are available: Coal Grey and Twilight Blue.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed, however, INFO MOTO expects that it will positioned to compete with key rivals like the Suzuki SV650X ($9999 rideaway) and Yamaha XSR700 ($12,899 rideaway).
In a recent press release, CFMoto Australia director Michael Poynton said that the 700CL-X is “extremenly important” for the brand.
“The 700CL-X is extremely important to us. 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,” said Poynton.
“Underscoring that relationship is a significant joint venture built on bricks and mortar. This comprises an all-new office and R&D building, in Hangzhou, China, which officially opened this month, as well as a new manufacturing facility nearby, which will be operational later this year.”
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