The CFMOTO 450MT and the Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 were destined to be close rivals from the get-go. Both are learner-approved 450-class adventure bikes which are similarly specified, and were initially priced from the exact same competitive figure of $8990 rideaway.

We’ve now ridden both. So let’s take a look beyond the spec sheet, and try to answer the burning question of which bike is best for you. Watch the video below. 

What we like:

  • Spritely engine
  • Confidence inspiring on the dirt
  • Solid build quality

Room for improvement:

  • Abrupt throttle response
  • Dash can be difficult to read

2024 CFMOTO 450MT price and specs

CFMOTO recently launched its all-new 450MT adventure bike, available initially from $8990 rideaway as a limited-time introductory offer, before settling at $9490.

Interestingly, this pricing structure is remarkably similar to that of the rivaling Royal Enfield Himalayan 450, which is also currently offered from $8990. Royal Enfield has yet to confirm full-time pricing for its Himalayan 450, though it will likely remain under $10,000.

The CFMOTO 450MT sits below the 650MT and 800MT in the brand’s local adventure bike line-up, sitting on the same platform as debuted on the 450SR sportsbike and 450NK naked bike.

This 449cc parallel-twin platform underpinning the 450MT generates 32.5kW and 44Nm, and is mated with conventional six-speed gearbox.

CFMOTO 450MT

The bike rides on 41mm KYB upside-down forks which are adjustable for compression and rebound, while the rear-end sees a KYB monoshock that can be adjusted for preload, compression and rebound. Both ends offer 200mm of travel.

Importantly, the CFMOTO 450MT features wire-spoked wheels measuring 21- and 18-inches front-to-rear, as well as switchable traction control and switchable ABS at the rear wheel befitting its off-road-focussed positioning.

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