New CFMoto 450MT Is Adventure Ready Right Out of The Box!

This new entrant to CFMoto’s lineup aims to carve a unique niche in the middleweight adventure bike category, combining elements such as reduced weight, a refined twin-cylinder engine, compact dimensions, and an off-road-oriented chassis.

At the core of the CFMoto 450MT lies a potent 449cc water-cooled DOHC parallel-twin engine, generating an impressive 43.6 horsepower and 44 Nm of torque. What distinguishes this engine is its 270-degree crankshaft, producing a distinctive growl, reminiscent of a V-twin powerplant.

The motorcycle’s chassis is adventure-ready, featuring a steel tube main frame with a trellis-style subframe. The suspension setup comprises an inverted KYB front fork and a multi-link KYB monoshock at the rear, both offering a generous 200 mm of travel and adjustable damping. The 450MT rides on cross-spoke tubeless wheels, with a dirt-friendly 21-inch front wheel and an 18-inch rear wheel, making it well-suited for various terrains.

A notable aspect of the 450MT is that CFMoto has integrated its trusted 450cc platform into an off-road adventure chassis for the first time. This platform has previously proven its reliability in CFMoto’s sport, classic, and naked models, instilling confidence in its performance.

To enhance rider comfort and control, CFMoto has provided the 450MT with an accommodating seat height, which can be set at either 800 mm in the low position or 820 mm in the high position. Despite this, the bike maintains a respectable ground clearance of 220 mm.

With a substantial 17.5 liters fuel tank, the 450MT promises a decent range for its modest engine displacement. Braking is entrusted to a single 320 mm front disc with a 4-piston caliper, while the rear wheel features a 240 mm disc with a single-piston caliper, both crafted by J.Juan.

In terms of weight, the 450MT boasts a dry weight of 175 kg, positioning it as a nimble and manageable choice for riders. It’s wheelbase measures 59.3 inches, ensuring a compact footprint for enhanced maneuverability.

The motorcycle comes equipped with several standard features, including an adjustable windscreen, full wrap-around handguards, an aluminum skid plate, a rear rack, and a slipper clutch. It’s important to note that the throttle is mechanical, indicating that the 450MT lacks electronic rider aids, except for ABS and traction control.

One standout feature of the new model is its 5-inch curved TFT screen with Over-The-Air (OTA) functionality, enabling wireless updates for the motorcycle’s electronics. Additionally, the TFT screen supports MotoPlay, offering a full map on the bike’s dashboard for an enhanced navigation experience.

For riders looking to customize their bike further, the 450MT seems to provide high fender options and a range of accessories, such as upper and lower crash bars, rear pannier racks, hard cases, and more.

CFMoto has announced its plan to release the 450MT overseas in the first quarter of 2024, featuring two distinct color choices, Zephyr Blue and Tundra Grey. 

Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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