Adventure motorcycles are all the rage right now, offering an unmatched concoction of practicality, ruggedness and versatility to traverse any terrain.
The latest middle-weight adventure motorcycle comes to you from China thanks to KTM’s 11 year old strategic cooperation agreement signed with CFMoto. The JV allows CFMoto access to the 790/890 LC8c compact twin-cylinder engine platform while KTM stands to benefit from the manufacturing prowess of CFMoto.
There has been a massive increase in cooperation level. CFMoto is developing a trio of 750 cc motorcycles based on the tried and tested 790 LC8c motor – 750 Duke, 750 Adventure and 750 Supermoto T. These models will form a new product range for KTM and help acquire newer riders. All the 750 models will be earmarked for the Chinese domestic and global markets.
The 800MT is unlike any KTM adventure motorcycle we have seen though. It has been designed by Kiska Design, who have been the industrial designers for KTM and Husqvarna. The 800MT has a very Africa Twin-esque design ergos versus a large enduro of the KTM 790 Adventure. It ditches the split fuel tank design for a conventional one.
The 800MT will be a flagship motorcycle for CFMoto. The motor delivers 94 hp of peak power and 77 Nm of peak torque vs 95 bhp and 88 Nm on the erstwhile 790 Adventure. It comes loaded with Bosch cornering ABS, traction control and luxuries such as keyless ignition, built-in GPS, heated grips and seat and, KTM’s rich electronic suite, easily accessed on a 7-inch TFT screen.
In order to keep the price low, suspension is KYB vs WP on the 790 Adventure, while the brakes are J Juan. The 800MT sports a steel perimeter frame with an aluminium swingarm.
The 800MT will weigh in at 231 kg sans any luggage option or 248 kgs with the aluminium side cases, top box and mounting system. The seat height is 825 mm and comes with 19-inch front/17-inch rear cast wheels, with spokes as an upgrade option. Other accessories are skid plate and crash bars.
As the motorcycle is slated for launch in Q2 2021, we can expect to see the 800MT production models hitting showrooms in the next couple of months. Pricing is expected to be in the range of 7,700 USD to 10,700 USD or between Rs 5.70 lakhs to Rs 7.92 lakhs.
Motorad Gear’s take –
The CFMoto 800MT will eventually be launched in India in 2022 as a possible CKD model to keep the costs low.
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