CFMoto announce their full-power 700CL-X models
CFMOTO will start 2021 with an even-bigger bang with the arrival of the first of three full-power 700CL-X modern-classic models. It follows CFMOTO’s first full-faired sportsbike – the 300SR, which has just arrived in Australian showrooms with a rideaway price of $5750.
Unveiled at the 2019 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan and launched recently in CFMOTO’s Chinese domestic market, the 700CL-X will be available in Australia in Adventure, Heritage and Sport guises, kicking off with the 700CL-X Heritage naked bike from February followed by the 700CL-X Adventure and 700CL-X Sport soon after.
The 700CL-X Heritage will also launch a wide range of accessories, including classic-style panniers, a diamond-stitched seat, protection and bar-end mirrors, to encourage customisation as well as a rider apparel and lifestyle collection.
CFMOTO Australia director Michael Poynton says the 700CL-X is a watershed model for the brand as its first full-power bike to take on Australia’s middleweight naked segment.
“The 700CL-X is extremely important to us. It will be the company’s first non-LAMS model, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg of what we can expect from CFMOTO as a result of its relationship with KTM,” Poynton says.
“Underscoring that relationship is a significant joint venture built on bricks and mortar. This comprises an all-new office and R&D building, in Hangzhou, China, which officially opened this month, as well as a new manufacturing facility nearby, which will be operational later this year.”
Pricing for the 700CL-X range will be announced at a later date.
CFMoto says eye-catching angles and smooth body lines come together for a fresh take on classic style. The 700CL-X is marked by the retro-inspired round headlight, fuel tank aluminium side panels, leather feel seat, multi-spoke alloy wheels and Pirelli tyres. The modern X elements of the 700CL-X Heritage break convention by integrating classic design aesthetics.
Powered by an all-new liquid-cooled 693cc parallel-twin engine, the 700CL-X produces 55kW (73hp) of power at 8500rpm and 68Nm of usable torque at 7000rpm. The non-LAMS-approved engine features forged pistons for strength as well as reduced weight and inertia, and a split connecting rod also for robustness and simplicity. The optimised intake system improves the airflow efficiency for quick-revving power. Bosch EFI and electronic throttle technology, integrated with high-precision sensors to produce clean, efficient fuel atomisation.
The newly designed split frame weighs just 16.5kg while a 6.7kg aluminium alloy swingarm give the 700CL-X Heritage a dry weight of just 183kg. CFMoto says this ensures a high power-to-weight ratio, responsive handling and precise control.
In order to meet the needs of daily riding and off-road travel, CFMOTO say they not only carefully crafted the handling capabilities of the 700CL-X Heritage, but also paid great attention to the ergonomics. They also say the engineers carefully considered the rider triangle for a comfortably neutral, upright riding posture, with the 800mm seat height and upright handlebars to keep your riding experience more relaxed.
KYB 41mm upside-down forks and a link-mounted KYB rear shock provide the 700CL-X with a claimed smooth ride. Dial in your ideal setting for comfort and terrain with single-sided adjustability on the front (preload and compression on the left, and preload and rebound on the right) plus preload and rebound adjustability at the rear.
The CF-SC slipper clutch helps provide smooth, effortless clutch control, which also reduces rear-wheel chatter during aggressive downshifting. Put the quick-revving power of the 700CL-X to optimum use, with smoother acceleration and reduced engine braking. The slipper clutch gives you claimed improved handling performance while providing a better safety riding experience.
The LED headlight of the 700CL-X features a self-adaptive assist system, which can be automatically turned on or off according to the ambient brightness. It also features a daytime-running light and auto-cancelling turn signals. The retro-style round headlight and embedded tail-light proudly display the recognisable features of the 700CL-X.
Ride Modes and Cruise Control
The round 75mm retro classic-style LCD dash provides simple and real riding information. The on-board computer has two on-the-fly riding modes: Economy and Sport. In addition, the 700CL-X is equipped with cruise control – a segment first – as well as a USB charging input.
The 700CL-X features a J.Juan braking system and Continental ABS. This comprises a large 320mm disc with J.Juan four-piston radial-mount caliper and a 260mm rear disc with twin-piston caliper. Together, with the low centre of gravity and flexible steering, the 700CL-X is said to provide smooth, progressive and powerful braking control.
Make it your own by customising the 700CL-X. Available in Coal Grey and Twilight Blue, the 700CL-X can be customised with changeable modular bodywork so you can embrace your style and showcase your creativity.
The 700CL-X can be tailored with a vast array of accessories. These include:
- Handlebar-end mirrors made from black aluminium
- 10-litre saddlebags featuring a lockable, quick-mounting system and water resistance
- Comfort seat with diamond cross stitching, a 3D structural mesh foam for increases comfort and an additional 20mm seat height
- Headlight protection made from laser-cut aluminium
- Radiator protection (laser cut) to prevent stone impact
- Chainguard made of premium-quality carbon with a satin surface finish
CFMoto 700CL-X Heritage Specifications
Claimed Power: 55kW[73hp]8,500@rpm
Claimed Torque: 68Nm[50.2lbs-ft]7,000@rpm
Dry Weight: 183kg
Fuel capacity: 13.5L
Colours: Twilight Blue / Coal Grey
Engine: Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 12-valve, parallel twin, 83 x 64mm, 693cc, 11.6:1, EFI
Clutch: Wet with slipper function
Chassis: Aluminium alloy frame
Suspension: 41mm KYB inverted fork, adjustable for rebound and compression, 150mm travel, KYB monoshock with preload and rebound adjustment, 150mm travel
Brakes: 320mm rotor (f), four-piston radial-mount caliper, 260mm rotor (r), twin-piston caliper
Wheels & Tyres: Alloy wheels, 18 x 3.0inch (f), 17 x 5.5inch (r), Pirelli MT60 RS, 110/80 R18 (f), 180/55 R17 (r)
Seat height: 800mm
Overall width: 887mm
Overall Length: 2107mm
Overall height: 1200mm