CFMOTO RELEASES PRICING ON ALL-NEW 700CL-X CLASSIC
The first pillar in CFMOTO’s all-new full-powered three-model 700CL-X neo-retro range – the Classic – will go on sale in Australia in July 2021 for a mouth-watering $9490 rideaway.
Recently launched in China’s domestic market, the CL-X range is a watershed for CFMOTO as it breaks out of the learners-only segment for the first time.
With its smooth lines and attractive features such as the aluminium side panels, the 700CL-X Classic will be the first variant to hit Australian shores followed by the wire-spoked-wheeled Adventure and solo-seated Sport guises in late 2021.
Over 8000 700CL-X units have already been produced in China, with the family powered by a 693cc parallel-twin engine that delivers 73hp (55kW) at 8500rpm and 68Nm at an impressvely low 6500rpm – a potent mid-range ideal for city riding and weekend escapes.
The 700CL-X's performance amounts to an increase of 18hp (13kW) and 6Nm over CFMOTO's existing 649cc LAMS-based parallel twin found in the two 650NK variants as well as the 650MT and 650GT.
The hike in capacity for the 693cc engine over the 649cc unit has been achieved by a 3mm increase in stroke, and other technical highlights for the updated powerplant 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 Classic 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 and an adaptive headlight that automatically adjusts to ambient brightness.
Fuel capacity is 13 litres, and wet weight is a light 196kg thanks to features such as the aluminium-alloy swingarm.
The 700CL-X tracks on 18-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels, mated to Pirelli MT60 dual-purpose tyres. Suspension is by KYB including a fully adjustable upside-down 41mm fork as well as a monoshock rear with rebound and preload adjustment. Travel front and rear is 150mm.
The standard seat height is 800mm and, with its high handlebar, the 700CL-X Classic promotes a relaxed, upright riding position.
The accessories catalogue will include two seats – in brown and black trim – that are 825mm high, while other customisation treats include bar-end mirrors, radiator protection and soft panniers. All accessories will be available when the 700CL-X Classic is launched in July 2021.
CFMOTO Australia director Michael Poynton is excited about the impending arrival of the 700CL-X Classic.
“CFMOTO has carved itself an impressive CV in the LAMS space in Australia, but now we’re ready to take the next step as we move into the ‘full-power’ bike ranks,” said Poynton.
“We’re tremendously excited about the 700CL-X range, and the Classic is a great starting point with its beautiful aesthetics and lovely retro touches such as the round headlight.
“The future for CFMOTO is exciting, and the relationship with KTM will only enhance our offerings across a variety of full-power motorcycle segments.”
The 700CL-X Classic will arrive Down Under in two liveries: Coal Grey and Charcoal Blue. The model comes with a standard two-year unlimited-kilometre warranty, which will be extended a further 12 months if scheduled servicing is performed through a CFMOTO dealer.