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CFMoto unveils new lightweight 450MT twin-cylinder adventure bike

China’s CFMoto already offers twin-cylinder adventure bikes in the form of the 650MT, 700MT and 800MT models and for 2024 it’s stepping down to a smaller class with the new 450MT.

While most rivals near that capacity opt for single-cylinder engines – KTM’s 390 Adventure, for instance – the CFMoto 450MT borrows a parallel twin engine from the 450SR sports bike and 450NK, matching it to a style that’s got a much more serious off-road look than twin-cylinder alternatives like Honda’s new NX500 (nee CB500X).

That engine is retuned, dropping the peak power from 37kW to 32.5kW, arriving at 8.500rpm instead of 9,500rpm. Torque, meanwhile, is increased from 39Nm to 44Nm and comes at 6,250rpm, 1350rpm lower in the rev range than the 450SR or 450NK’s peak. There’s no change to the engine’s bore, stroke or compression ratio, suggesting the changes result from retuned electronics and cam profiles.

A steel tube chassis fitted with KYB upside-down forks and a matching rear monoshock – both with adjustable damping – offers 200mm of wheel travel at each end and 220mm of ground clearance, suggesting some genuine dirt road ability. Combined with a 21-inch wire-spoked front wheel with a 90/90 tubeless tyre and an 18-inch rear with 140/70 rubber, plus a weight of only 175kg, the 450MT makes a convincing case for itself in this part of the market.

As usual for a Chinese bike, there’s plenty of tech including a curved 5-inch TFT dash with phone connectivity and a USB-C socket, plus switchable Bosch ABS via calipers from Brembo subsidiary J.Juan. A 17.5-litre fuel tank promises plenty of range, and at 820mm the standard seat height doesn’t tower too height for most riders, but it can be adjusted down to 800mm if needed.


Engine Type: Parallel twin cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 8-valve, DOHC
Capacity  449cc
Bore & Stroke 72mm x 55.2mm
Compression Ratio 11.5 :1
Fuel System EFI
Maximum Power Output 32.5kW / 8,500rpm
Maximum Torque Output 44Nm / 6.250rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Front Suspension Ø41mm KYB upside-down fork, adjustable compression & rebound damping, 200mm stroke
Rear Suspension Single KYB rear shock, adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping, 200mm stroke
Brakes Front: J.Juan four-piston caliper, single Ø320mm disc
Rear: J.Juan single-piston caliper, Ø240mm disc
Antilock Brake System (ABS) BOSCH ABS (switchable rear)
Front Tyre 90/90-21, CST
Rear Tyre 1140/70-18, CST
Length x Width x Height 2,210mm x 870mm x 1,390mm
Wheelbase 1,505mm
Seat Height 820mm (optional 800mm low seat available)
Fuel Capacity 17.5L
Dry Weight 175kg
Available Colour Zephyr Blue or Tundra Grey
MSRP (Ride Away) To be confirmed

Ben Purvis