June 29, 2022

Australian importer Mojo Bikes has launched the second mannequin within the CFMOTO 700CL-X household with the addition of the Sport which is far more than only a title change and an additional $1000.

The Heritage was the primary mannequin within the new household to be launched a number of months in the past at an unimaginable $A9490. The Sport prices $A10,490 experience away and shall be adopted by an journey mannequin early subsequent 12 months with pricing not but confirmed. 

CFMOTO Australia features a two-year limitless kilometre guarantee plus an additional 12 months if servicing is finished by an authorised supplier.

I reviewed the Heritage in September and cherished the bike’s worth, styling and spirited engine.

CFMOTO 700CL-X Heritage

The Chinese language producer has produced a very good foundation for a household of bikes with the Sport slotting into the cafe racer sector with its clip-on bars and bar-end mirrors.

The Heritage and Sport come customary with two engine modes, cruise management, USB charging port below the seat and full LED lighting together with a headlight that adapts illumination to ambient circumstances.

Aesthetically, the Sport will get a black catalytic convertor which is rather a lot much less ugly than the naked metallic of the Heritage, hanging paintwork, a headlight mini-cowl, black levers, black forks, carbon-fibre-style trim and five-spoke wheels.

It additionally includes a solo seat and tail cowl, but pillion pegs are fitted, so you may presumably purchase a rear seat. In some states, rego prices much less for a solo seat.

Black cat!

Like many CFMOTO bikes, that is styled by Kiska Design Home in Austria and the delicate paintwork and trim creates a contemporary and sporty look.

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It’s powered by the identical inline twin-cylinder water-cooled engine as of their 650cc vary.

Nonetheless, it has been stroked 4mm to 693cc, so it’s not learner authorized in Australia.

Different engine updates embody Bosch fuel-injection, break up connecting rods, a slipper clutch, cast pistons and improved consumption, pushing energy from 41.5kW to 55kw and torque from 62Nm to 67Nm.

The unit is free revving with a beefy midrange and buzzing high finish. 

I used to be not pleased with the brief gearing on the Heritage which spins at 4500 revs in sixth gear at 100km/h.

Nonetheless, the identical gear ratios on the Sport make much more sense in a canyon-blasting cafe racer. 

You gained’t be touring highways for lengthy spells on this bike, so that you gained’t endure these tingling fingers and toes as on the Heritage.

However don’t suppose it is a radical driving place both.

The clip-on bars are perched atop a excessive yoke, so the bars aren’t an excessive amount of decrease than on the Heritage.

You additionally sit 5mm decrease within the seat, so the driving place requires solely a barely extra ahead lean to the bars.

The bars are good and slim for lane-filtering and the bar-end mirrors don’t poke out too far.

They’re additionally perched on stubby shafts that forestall any blur from engine vibration and can simply flip right down to keep away from hitting automotive wing mirrors and rapidly flip again into place once more.

Regardless of being a cut price, the Chinese language firm hasn’t minimize corners relating to the tyres and brakes.

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Whereas the Heritage will get unique Pirelli MT60RS “scrambler” tyres discovered on Triumph and Ducati scramblers, that is shod with sticky Maxxis MA-ST2 sports activities tyres.

However what actually units this aside from the Heritage is the brakes, that includes 320mm twin petal discs with Brembo twin-piston callipers and Continental ABS.

Sport weighs in at 9kg greater than the 196kg Heritage, however with these brakes, its stopping energy is superior.

Along with the short-gearing, it’s a hard-charging and hard-stopping bike constructed for carving for favorite mountain cross.

Nonetheless, the opposite shortcomings of the Heritage stay.

My most important gripe is the KYB rear shock. Its compression stroke is just too harsh and non-adjustable.

You possibly can modify the rebound and the preload, however getting a C spanner in there’s troublesome.

The absolutely adjustable KYB forks are okay though it does dive arduous below braking which makes the again wheel mild. This causes a good quantity of slither right into a nook, regardless of the slipper clutch stopping rear-wheel lock up below down shifts.

My different gripe is the devices.

Whereas they present a whole lot of info, they lack gasoline vary, a second journey meter and ambient temperature, whereas having another info that isn’t even defined within the guide.

The digital gasoline gauge additionally drops rapidly and begins flashing manner too quickly with 5 litres within the 13-litre tank remaining which ought to get you one other 100+km of vary. 

These are minor gripes for what’s a good-looking, well-appointed bike that can put a smile in your face with out inflicting you a ache in your hip pocket.

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CFMOTO 7000CL-X tech specs

  • Worth: $A10,490 ($NZ10,990) experience away
  • Engine: 693cc parallel twin, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, eight-valve, DOHC
  • Bore and stroke: 83mm x 64mm
  • Compression: 11.6:1
  • Energy: 73hp (55kW) at 8500rpm
  • Torque: 68Nm at 6500rpm
  • Gearbox: Six-speed with slipper clutch
  • Suspension: 41mm KYB upside-down fork, absolutely adjustable, 150mm journey; KYB shock with preload and rebound adjustment, 150mm journey
  • Brakes: 320mm petal discs with radial-mount Brembo Stylema M4.30 four-piston calipers; 260mm disc with Brembo twin-piston caliper, Continental ABS
  • Tyres: 120/70-17 Maxxis MA-ST2; 180/55-17 Maxxis MA-ST2
  • Rake: 24.3 levels
  • Path: 102.5mm
  • Size x width x peak: 2090mm x 795mm x 1080mm
  • Wheelbase: 1436mm
  • Seat: 795mm
  • Gasoline: 13 litres
  • Moist weight: 205kg