The second iteration in CFMOTO’s all-new modern-classic family, the 700CL-X Sport, will go on sale in Australia by the start of October for a sensational $10,490 ride away.
In New Zealand, price will be $10,990 plus on-road costs, with availability from December 2021.
Compared to the 700CL-X Heritage, which went on sale earlier this year, the 700CL-X Sport takes on a decidedly more aggressive stance: sticky 17-inch rubber, petal discs and twin Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers, while other unique features include a solo seat, clip-on handlebars, windshield and round bar-end mirrors.
The distinctive attributes of the Sport are beautifully mated to the core CL-X – ‘CL’ for Classic and ‘X’ for infinite possibilities – principles, headlined by the new 693cc parallel twin engine, light-weight chassis and sharp design.
The engine produces a claimed 55kW (73hp) 8500rpm and 68Nm at 6500rpm, and other technical highlights include Bosch fuel-injection, split connecting rods, a slipper clutch and forged pistons for extra strength and reduced weight and inertia.
Moreover, stress-free one-touch cruise control and multiple power modes – Eco and Sport – are unique to the mid-capacity road bike segment, as is the adjustable headlight.
The 700CL-X Sport has been styled by CFMOTO’s European design team, with the attention to detail adding to the eye-catching aesthetics. The neo-retro café racer design blends elements such as the round headlight and naked frame with modern traits such as the LED lighting, bar-end mirrors, aluminium side plates on the fuel tank and integrated air intake.
The 700CL-X Sport tracks on Maxxis tyres and the suspension is by KYB with a fully adjustable 41mm upside-down fork and monoshock rear with rebound and preload adjustment. Travel front and rear is 150mm.
The seat height is 795mm (5mm less than the Heritage) and, even with the clip-on handlebars, the 700CL-X Sport seating position isn’t too aggressive: a triumph of both form and function.
The Sport’s nimble stance is evident in the specs sheet: overall length is reduced by 110mm from the Heritage, and it sits 138mm lower.
Weight is just 205kg with a full tank of fuel, thanks to features such as the aluminium-alloy swingarm.
“The breakout year for CFMOTO in the full-power motorcycle ranks continues with the unveiling of the 700CL-X Sport,” said CFMOTO director Michael Poynton.
“The initial response to the 700CL-X Heritage has been exceptionally positive, and we’re confident the 700CL-X Sport will also appeal to a wide range of riders with its striking looks, top-spec chassis and sensational value-packed proposition.
“Like the Heritage, the Sport offers a comfortable, fun, easy and relaxed ride, with a potent engine and an electronics package that is class-leading.
“The CL-X range, which will also include the Adventure variant in coming months, is the start of an exciting push by CFMOTO to enter new motorcycle segments – and that will continue with the much-anticipated KTM-engined 800MT adventure touring range.”
The dedicated 700CL-X Sport accessories are racing rearsets, an upper triple clamp, bar-end mirrors and frame deco covers (all CNC-machined from aluminium-alloy), a 10mm higher rider's seat, an optional pillion seat, chain panel assembly and radiator guard.
For more detailed information on the 700CL-X Sport accessories, click here.
The 700CL-X Sport will be available in a choice of two liveries: livery: Nebula White or Velocity Grey (only Velocity Grey in New Zealand). The model comes with a three-year unlimited-kilometre warranty.
KEY 700CL-X SPORT FEATURES
• 693cc DOHC parallel-twin engine
• Bosch fuel-injection
• Steel tubular frame
• 41mm KYB upside-down fork, fully adjustable
• KYB shock with preload and rebound adjustment
• Brembo Stylema M4.30 monobloc calipers
• Petal disc brakes
• Continental ABS braking system
• Solo seat
• Clip-on handlebars
• Round bar-end mirrors
• USB charging port
• Three-year warranty
• Available in Nebula White and Velocity Grey
Type: Parallel twin, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, eight-valve, DOHC
Bore and stroke: 83mm x 64mm
Compression ratio: 11.6:1
Fuel system: Bosch electronic fuel-injection
Maximum power: 73hp (55kW) at 8500rpm
Maximum torque: 68Nm at 6500rpm
Gearbox: Six-speed with slipper clutch
Front suspension: 41mm KYB upside-down fork, fully adjustable, 150mm travel
Rear suspension: KYB shock with preload and rebound adjustment, 150mm travel
Brakes: Front: 320mm petal discs with radial-mount Brembo Stylema M4.30 four-piston calipers, Continental ABS
Rear: 260mm disc with Brembo twin-piston caliper, Continental ABS
Front tyre: 120/70-17 Maxxis MA-ST2
Rear tyre: 180/55-17 Maxxis MA-ST2
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
Rake: 24.3 degrees
Length x width x height: 2090mm x 795mm x 1080mm
Seat height: 795mm
Fuel capacity: 13 litres
Wet weight: 205kg
THE BUSINESS END
Colours: Australia - Nebula White and Velocity Grey; New Zealand - Velocity Grey.
Price: Australia - $10,490 ride away; New Zealand - $10,990 plus on-road costs
Service intervals: first 1000km and every 5000km thereafter
Warranty: Australia - three years unlimited kilometres; New Zealand - two years unlimited kilometres