CFMoto has announced a competitive price for its all-new 700CL-X naked bike, with its first non-LAMS model set to launch in July from $9490 rideaway.
Initially, the 700CL-X will hit showrooms in base Classic guise, but will be joined later in the year by a touring-oriented Adventure variant with wire-spoked wheels, and a sharper Sport grade that is distinguished by a solo seat.
At $9490, the CFMoto 700CL-X is $3500 less expensive than the similarly positioned Benelli 752S ($12,990), yet offers comparable performance numbers and standard features.
Powering the 700CL-X is a 693cc parallel-twin that delivers 55kW and 68Nm, up 13kW/6Nm compared to the brand’s current 649cc flagship, and is backed up by a new Bosch fuel-injection system, a slipper clutch and forged pistons.
The CFMoto 700CL-X is notably well equipped, with things like a ride-by-wire throttle, cruise control, two rider modes, LED lighting, USB charger and adaptive lighting fitted as standard.
With a 13-litre fuel tank, the bike tips the scales at 196 kilograms, riding on fully adjustable KYB forks, an adjustable monoshock and multi-spoked wheels wrapped in Pirelli MT60 dual-purpose tyres (18-inch front, 17-inch rear).
For comparison, the Benelli 752S uses a 754cc twin making 56kW and 67Nm, and features 17-inch wheels with Pirelli Angel ST tyres, as well as beefy Marzocchi forks.
Key data for the CFMoto is displayed on a round LCD screen, and gives access to two rider modes, Sport and Economy.
The Chinese bikemaker has garnered a strong foothold in the Australian LAMS bike market in recent years, with its budget-focussed ‘NK’ naked bike range and 300SR sportsbike offerings, but is now looking to expand its portfolio with larger-capacity motorcycles and electrified models by way of its EV sub-brand, Zeeho.
It is also in partnership with Austrian marque KTM, which has in part allowed it to break out of the LAMS category.
“CFMoto has carved itself an impressive CV in the LAMS space in Australia, but now we’re ready to take the next step as we move into the ‘full-power’ bike ranks,” said CFMoto Australia director Michael Poynton.
“We’re tremendously excited about the 700CL-X range, and the Classic is a great starting point with its beautiful aesthetics and lovely retro touches such as the round headlight.
“The future for CFMoto is exciting, and the relationship with KTM will only enhance our offerings across a variety of full-power motorcycle segments.”
The CFMoto 700CL-X Classic will hit showrooms in July in two colour schemes, Coal Grey and Charcoal Blue, with an extended three-year unlimited-kilometre warranty on offer if servicing is performed through a CFMoto dealer.
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