AUSSIE MEDIA LAP UP NEW ATV MIDDLEWEIGHTS
CFMOTO'S all-new ATV platform – the CFORCE 400, 400 EPS and 520 EPS – has been launched to Australian and New Zealand media in Melbourne, as the journalists saw first-hand how the company has thrown its R&D might into updating all aspects of the chassis-sharing ATVs: from ergonomics to carrying and towing muscle, comfort, performance, convenience and technology.
CFMOTO has drawn on three decades of ATV experience to unveil the latest middleweight platform – one that most appeals to Aussie farmers and primary producers.
A formal presentation on the new range – and there was plenty to tell, including an increase in towing capacity from 350 to 612kg, a 26 per cent increase in suspension travel and a 30 per cent stronger frame – was followed by some fun around a purpose-built circuit, where some of the updates immediately became obvious: a much better seat, higher rider stance, streamlined ergonomics, less vibration through the major touchpoints and less radiant heat thanks to some nifty hot air recirculation smarts.
There was also plenty of poking, prodding and kneeling as some of the less obvious updates to the naked eye became apparent: the super-easy tool-less access to check fluid levels, massive brake guards to stop grit getting in and accelerating pad wear, a higher air intake to take on water crossings with more confidence, and arched A-arms on the steering to keep the undercarriage clear of damage-causing rocks and debris.
A ripping day, and for some of the more intrepid journalists there was a booming CFORCE 1000 OVERLAND to try out for an extra horsepower hit!
All three ATVs are now on sale in Australia at $8490 ride away (CFORCE 400), $9290 ride away (CFORCE 400 EPS) and $9990 ride away (CFORCE 520 EPS) respectively.
The flagship and top-selling 520 EPS has some extra goodies over its siblings in terms of handguards, LED lights, a bigger five-inch LCD dash with Bluetooth connectivity, plastic racks (instead of steel) and a 2500lb winch.
Keep an eye on your favourite farming and motorcycle magazines and websites for the launch reports.