CFMOTO has confirmed that its all-new 800MT adventure bike will launch locally in two variants, Sport and Touring, before year’s end.
The CFMOTO 800MT will be the brand’s second non-LAMS model to be released Down Under, following the 700CL-X naked bike, as part of its joint venture with Austrian bikemaker KTM.
Although pricing has yet to be confirmed, INFO MOTO understands that the new middleweight adventure bike will be positioned to undercut key competitors, as it has done with its recent 300SR sportsbike ($5790 rideaway) and upcoming 700CL-X ($9490 rideaway).
The CFMOTO 800MT draws power from a KTM-sourced 799cc parallel twin, tuned to produce 70kW and 88Nm, and backed up by a slipper clutch, ride-by-wire system and three rider modes: rain, off-road and road.
Standard kit on both 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring is a 19-litre fuel tank, fully adjustable KYB suspension, crash bars, an adjustable windscreen and J.Juan brakes.
Both bikes also features cruise control, fog lights, USB charging, LED lights and a 7.0-inch TFT screen with smartphone connectivity and satellite-navigation.
While the 800MT Sport uses cast wheels measuring 19- and 17-inches front-to-rear, the 800MT touring benefits from wire-spoked tubeless wheels.
Also unique to the 800MT Touring is standard tyre-pressuring monitoring, an up/down quickshifter, handguards, bash plate, steering damper as well as a keyless ignition.
The CFMOTO 800MT range was revealed recently at the 2021 Beijing motorcycle show, with more Australian market details expected to surface in the coming months.
“The official launch of the 800MTs in China last weekend was a huge moment,” said CFMOTO Australia director Michael Poynton.
“It not only adds a new and exciting chapter to the CFMOTO and KTM technical and operational alliance, but continues CFMOTO’s push into new and exciting markets.
“We’re already seeing that with the upcoming 700CL-X middleweight full-powered range, and now the adventure segments beckons – and we are confident the 800MTs will make a huge impression with their technical flair and impressive styling.”
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