CFMOTO have released the first details of their new 450SR. The LAMs approved machine further builds on the brands partnership with KTM, sharing components with the new KTM 490 range...

A few months ago we were given a sneak peak of the SR Vision concept from CFMOTO. Now the brand have recently released a look at their new LAMS approved 450SR. While a few things have changed from the concept, it’s an exciting new model from CFMOTO…

Full information has yet to be released but here’s what we know so far. The 2023 450SR will be powered by a LAMs approved 450cc liquid cooled DOHC parallel twin. Power comes in at just under the LAMs thresh-hold with 37kW(49.6hp)@9500rpm and 39Nm@7600rpm. With those figures, the 450SR looks to have the Kawasaki Ninja 400 in its sights, with the 450SR trumping the Ninja by about 3.6kw and 1Nm…

The CFMOTO/KTM joint venture – officially known as CFMOTO-KTMR2R, in which CFMOTO holds a majority share of 51 per cent and KTM 49 per cent – is set to go to another level with the introduction of the new 490 KTM range. The architecture of the 490 engine platform is set to be based on the parallel twin that will power the new 450SR, complete with a 270-degree crank. The 450SR is shaping up to have an awesome powerplant thanks to KTM’s proven engineering success…

he 2023 450SR will be powered by a LAMs approved 450cc liquid cooled DOHC parallel twin.

The 2023 450SR will be powered by a LAMs approved 450cc liquid cooled DOHC parallel twin.

One of the main things that crossed over from the SR Concept onto the 450SR production bike was the fairing design. Those awesome winglets have been retained, which CFMOTO say does add downforce and aren’t just for show, along with the LED lighting that makes the 450SR look like a “big-bike”…

Typical of CFMOTO, they have added an awesome full-colour five-inch TFT dash. If it’s the same system as the 800MT, CFMOTO’s other joint build with KTM, it’ll have plenty of features like Bluetooth and turn-by-turn navigation. CFMOTO confirmed that it will include some sort of navigation but other features have yet to be confirmed.



Brembo brakes have made it onto the production bike too, the main difference being a single disc at the front. It’s an unfortunate change but the Brembo’s combined with Bosch ABS should have more than enough braking power for the tiny bike.

Other feature include a reverse shift, slipper clutch, “quick-release airfilter”, charging ports and of-course a heap of accessories ready to go. Dimensions have yet to be released in full but the 450SR will weigh in at a curb weight of just 168kg. Tank size will be 14L and seat height is set at 795mm with 785mm and 815mm options.

Dimensions have yet to be released in full but the 450SR will weigh in at a curb weight of just 168kg. Tank size will be 14L and seat height is set at 795mm with 785mm and 815mm options.

Dimensions have yet to be released in full but the 450SR will weigh in at a curb weight of just 168kg. Tank size will be 14L and seat height is set at 795mm with 785mm and 815mm options.

It’ll be interesting to see where CFMOTO take the 450SR in terms of racing. Here in Australia, the 300 Supersport class is dominated by the Yamaha YZF-R3, with the bigger capacity Kawasaki Ninja 400 only being used by a handful of riders. Hopefully the 450SR will be allowed to run and kick-off some more racing heritage for the brand, who started in Moto3 this year…

Pricing, full specification and exact availability for Australia has yet to be announced, but you can expect to see this awesome bike land in Australia within the final quarter of 2022…


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