The CFMOTO 700CL-X Heritage has been named 'best motorcycle' in New Zealand Autocar's 2021 annual awards process.

The Heritage, part of the new frontier three-model CL-X family for CFMOTO as it breaks out of the learners-only segment for the first time, is powered by a 693cc parallel-twin engine that delivers 73hp (55kW) at 8500rpm and 68Nm at an impressively low 6500rpm – a potent mid-range ideal for city riding and weekend escapes.

Priced at $10,990 plus on-road costs, the technical highlights include Bosch fuel-injection, split connecting rods, a slipper clutch, and forged pistons for strength and reduced weight and inertia.

Styled by CFMOTO’s European design team, the 700CL-X Heritage represents an amazing value-packed proposition in the middleweight road bike segment, with standard features including a ride-by-wire throttle, cruise control, dual-channel Continental anti-lock braking, Spanish J.Juan brakes, ‘Sport’ and ‘Economy’ riding modes, full LED lighting, USB charging, self-cancelling indicators and an adaptive headlight.

New Zealand Autocar rode the Heritage for the first time in November last year — just in time to make the cut-off for 2021 motorcycle of the year deliberations.

Peter Louisson, who reviewed the Heritage, was extremely impressed, and concluded his review with: "For $10,990 you simply cannot do better at present if buying new. If you can, please let me know how."

To read the New Zealand Autocar review, click here.

The Heritage is sold in New Zealand alongside the 700CL-X Sport ($10,990 plus on-road costs), and will soon be joined by the sire-wheeled 700CL-X Adventure.

700CL-X Heritage details and specs