Chinese manufacturer CFMoto has introduced a new line of motorcycles, based around a 700-class parallel twin engine. For now, the 700CL-X line includes a neo-retro, a naked bike, and an adventure-styled bike.
CFMoto is better-known for quads than for motorcycles in North America; its attempts to enter the two-wheeled market in the US and in Canada have been mostly unsuccessful, despite some interesting, well-priced product. Previous CFMoto models included a series of motorcycles with parallel twin engines that appeared to be based very closely on Kawasaki’s utilitarian 650 twin.
The new 700CL-X series is supposed to be designed off KTM’s 790 motor, as used in the 790 Adventure line. CFMoto’s version is a smaller parallel twin, but is said to use similar internals to the KTM engine, which makes sense: CFMoto and KTM have been working together on R&D and manufacturing for years. KTM’s already built 125, 200 and 390 models in CFMoto’s manufacturing facilities for years.
Performance on the 700CL-X line is obviously toned down from the 790’s numbers. CFMoto says the engine makes 74 horsepower, and 49 lb-ft of torque—certainly adequate for real-world use on public roads. Although they’re going to be less technologically-advanced than Euro bikes, the CFMoto machines get a Bluetooth-integrated display and cruise control as standard.
Breaking the line down, there are three separate models at this point: The CL-X Adventure, the CL-X Sport and the CL-X Heritage. The Adventure gets spoked wheels, at least, but the main difference between the models appears to be bodywork, handlebar positioning, and general aesthetics. Much of the spec sheet remains unknown, otherwise—not that it matters in North America, where we likely won’t get to see them in showrooms anyway.