August 18, 2022

Someplace over the previous 17 years that Chinese language-made CFMOTO bikes have been exported to Australia, they’ve morphed from low cost and cheerful transportation into good worth.

Now, with the launch of their new 800MT vary of Touring and Sport bikes, beginning at $12,990, they’ve made one other transformative leap — to a fascinating journey machine.

Largely because of their affiliation with Austria’s KTM, CFMOTO bikes have improved their construct high quality whereas piling on the know-how.

However extra importantly they now appear to have a greater understanding of discerning international markets that view bikes as greater than mere transportation.

I’ve ridden nearly each CFMOTO mannequin imported into Australia previously 17 years and have been impressed by how a lot bike you get to your buck.

In reality, perhaps a bit an excessive amount of bike as they’re normally chubby.

Weight continues to be a difficulty within the 800MT Touring I’ve been testing. At 231kg, it’s plump for a mid-sized bike. Most of that heft is up excessive within the 19-litre gas tank making it high heavy which isn’t superb for an journey bike, particularly when the going is gradual and technical.

However my different points with previous CFMOTO fashions — rudimentary suspension and minor glitches similar to driving modes that don’t work and nonsensical instrument data — have been worn out by the 800MT.

This bike merely entices with its high quality of end, excessive stage of creature options and competent dealing with.

Take a look at this spectacular array of ordinary options: cruise management, seat and handgrip heaters, rear wheel hugger, adjustable gear shifter, self-canceling indicators, LED lighting together with fog/auxiliary lights, conveniently positioned USB and 12-volt chargers, two driving modes, slipper clutch, cornering ABS, crash bars, an enormous iPad-sized TFT display with complete data, hand-adjustable windscreen, totally adjustable suspension, and even Bluetooth connectivity that gives easy navigation instructions on the display.

I wouldn’t be stunned if in a few months CFMOTO Australia doesn’t do a deal the place they throw in baggage as they’ve carried out previously with different fashions.

The 800MT vary is their first non-learner mannequin.

The Touring ($14,490) and Sport ($12,990) went on sale in January 2022, initially for purchasers who joined their pre-order marketing campaign, which included $800 price of free equipment. 

The marketing campaign nearly exhausted their preliminary cargo however they’ve since acquired extra containers to crank up the inventory ranges once more.

To this point, the most well-liked mannequin is the Touring mannequin which provides tyre strain monitoring, centrestand, up/down quickshifter, plastic handguards, baggage racks, alloy bashplate, steering damper and engaging “gold” wire-spoked wheels that accommodate tubeless tyres. They even function useful right-angle valve stems.

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Whew! That’s an exhaustive listing of options on high of the already spectacular array of ordinary gear.

However is all of it simply frosting on a stale cake?
No, it is a recent and thrilling bike with succesful efficiency, trip and dealing with for touring our broad, brown land.

That’s to not say there aren’t some drawbacks, aside from the top-heavy weight.

That weight situation needs to be of specific concern to any rider shorter than me.

At 183cm (6’), I’ve bother placing my toes flat on the bottom when stopped due to the tall 825mm seat. It’s not simply the peak, however the width that stops you getting your heels on the bottom.

On a few events I virtually dropped the top-heavy bike when stopped on slippery or unstable surfaces.

Additionally, you will should watch out about the place you park the bike because the aspect stand is just too quick and it might topple over on a sloped or tough floor.

The 800MT vary is powered by KTM’s 799cc parallel-twin engine that has been one among their greatest models for the previous 5 years.

The dual is a succesful unit, though the facility band right here is pretty slender and it’s important to judiciously use the gears for stirring motivation.

It should pull strongly from 3200 revs, however loses breath about 5000, properly wanting the limiter at 9500rpm.

There’s additionally a jerkiness within the throttle and a surging at fixed throttle going about 50-60km/h. I consider there’s a software program repair coming for this.

The engine has little low-down torque for tough off-road conditions, although the low gearing helps.

Nonetheless, its total gearing is just too low with the engine spinning at 4400revs at freeway cruising pace (100km) in sixth gear.

That’s in all probability why the gas financial system is a disappointing 5.6 litres per 100km.

It’s not as low geared because the 700 vary, however an non-compulsory sprocket for increased gearing could be welcome for Australian situations.

In any other case, the transmission with up and down clutchless quickshifter feels moderately slick and practical, whereas the slipper clutch works properly to stop rear-wheel lockups on handfisted downshifts.

Whenever you work the gears and run the engine exhausting there may be an entertaining, however not annoying, growl from the exhaust.

The engine runs fairly scorching and there’s a blast of scorching air blown from the radiator immediately on to your shins. Whereas that is expectedly uncomfortable in slow-moving city site visitors, it’s even noticeable out on the freeway.

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You’ll have to put on lengthy boots, in any other case it might develop into insupportable in a Queensland summer season. In fact in winter, it’s a bonus.

The 800MT comes with two driving modes: Sport and Rain. The latter dampens throttle response and is useful for slippery situations similar to moist roads or gravel. It helps compensate for the dearth of traction management which many journey riders could miss.

CFMOTO makes use of Spanish J.Juan brakes (now owned by Brembo) on most of its bikes and they’re cheap performers.

On the 800MT they function twin discs up entrance which lack some preliminary chew, which isn’t a difficulty when driving on gravel.

If you happen to hit the brakes exhausting in a panic cease, the hazard lights routinely flash which is a good security function that needs to be normal on all bikes.

The cornering ABS can be a worthy security machine that stops the entrance tyre from slipping out from underneath you on a bend. 

The ABS does permits minor rear-wheel lockups which may be disconcerting for some however are useful for driving on dust roads the place the tyre tread must dig into the gravel.

Trip is on the plush aspect so it fits our bumpy city streets in addition to B-grade nation roads.

For the reason that suspension is adjustable for compression, rebound and preload, most riders ought to be capable of discover appropriate settings for his or her weight and driving type. Nonetheless entry to the rear shock preload adjuster with a C spanner is tough as it’s hidden underneath the tank and seat.

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Steering is ponderous with a 19-inch entrance wheel and broad bars, however once more this fits journey driving for which it’s supposed.

Cruise management is a welcome addition and is simple to function.

It may well solely be deactivated by hitting the brakes or pulling within the clutch, not rolling again the throttle.

I discovered it did permit the bike to float over the set pace by as much as 5km/h, even on a flat floor, so keep watch over your speedo.

The huge TFT devices have a plethora of data on the house display which is nice. No have to scroll by means of a number of screens to get all the data you need.

There are additionally a number of different screens for controlling a number of different capabilities such because the seat and hand grip heaters.

Surprisingly, you’ll be able to change most of those settings on the fly which generally is a distraction. 

You too can hook up the bike to the CFMOTO RIDE app, which is out there throughout iOS and Android platforms. All it’s important to do is punch within the bike’s VIN to register on the app which additionally opens up the navigation operate.

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The 800MT has one of many greatest instrument screens on any bike and it’s simple to learn in most situations, count on when the solar is shining immediately on the display.

Riders will discover the 800MT has a impartial driving place with a luxurious seat that ought to see you comfortably by means of its 300+km gas vary with no break.

Pillions may even discover their broad and flat perch very comfortable with beneficiant handles to grip.

The handlebars could also be too excessive for some quick riders, however you’ll be able to simply roll them again for a extra relaxed attain. You definitely gained’t want bar risers to accommodate driving within the standing place throughout tough surfaces.

These bars are additionally fairly broad at 853mm which makes authorized lane filtering tough. 

Perched atop the bars are giant truck-style mirrors which give an enormous and clear view behind however can snag on SUV wing mirrors in site visitors.

The windscreen offers reasonable safety and may be adjusted 5cm by turning two knobs on both aspect of the display. It could have been higher if it could possibly be adjusted by only one knob or lever on the left so you’ll be able to hold your proper hand on the throttle grip.

Tall riders could expertise some wind buffeting even within the highest place.

At evening the LED headlight casts a really shiny and white headlight with good dispersion and eyebrow-singeing excessive beam, particularly when used with the auxiliary driving lights, though you’ll have to disable the auto mild operate.

Regardless of some shortcomings, that is now a fascinating bike for Aussie journey riders.

The 800MT competently fulfils its design intention to tour a wide range of terrain. Simply throw on some baggage and go chase the horizon. 

CFMOTO 800MT Tech Specs

Value $12,990 rideaway (Sport), $14,490 (Touring) 
Guarantee 3 years, limitless km
Engine Liquid-cooled 799cc parallel twin
Energy 70kW @ 9000rpm
Torque 77Nm @ 7500rpm
Transmission Six-speed, slipper clutch, chain drive
Suspension  43mm KYB upside-down forks, totally adjustable, 160mm journey; KYB mono shock rear, totally adjustable, 150mm journey
Brakes 320mm twin discs, J.Juan 4-piston radial callipers; 260mm rear disc, J.Juan twin-piston calliper, cornering ABS
Wheels 19×2.5; 17×4.25 solid
Tyres Maxxis tubeless 110/90-19; 150/70/17
Moist weight 231kg
Wheelbase 1531mm
Seat 825mm
Clearance 190mm
Size 2234mm
Width 853mm
Top 1277mm
Gas 19 litres