Chinese-built motorcycles have already come a long way since they were first introduced in the country many, many years ago. Simply take a look at current products like the Bristol 400i, Benelli Leoncino 500, or the Brixx Venturi 500 adventure bike. I even see my dirt-riding buddies thrash their RUSI dirtbikes deep in the jungles, and these bikes perform at par with their Japanese counterparts. Maybe, we can safely say that the old saying “China lang yan” (implying it is of inferior quality) is no longer applicable to motorcycles built in China.
Launched ahead of the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, CFMoto revealed their latest creation in an attempt to dip into the scrambler motorcycle craze that continues to grow in popularity.
The 700CL-X is powered by a parallel twin, 692 cc engine that is claimed to have an output of 74.5 Ps and 67 Nm of torque. CFMoto is also the manufacturer of KTM's LC8 engines so they have likely been instrumental to its development.
It comes in three variants: Adventure, Heritage and Sport. The Adventure features higher handlebars, knobby tires on spoked wheels, a touring screen and a soft pannier. The Heritage, on the other hand, sports a brown leather seat and a retro-inspired silver paint scheme. The Sport features a two-tone paint job, bar-end mirrors, and alloy wheels.
All these bikes come standard with ABS, all-LED lighting, beefy exhaust cans, ride-by-wire throttle with cruise control, a Bluetooth-ready 3-inch LCD display, and a USB charging port under the seat.
Prices and Philippine release dates have yet to be announced.