Officially introduced at EICMA this year, CFMoto has now launched the CL-C in the Philippines, making it the first market outside of China to welcome the new bike.
As a counterpart to the 450 SS and the 450 NK, the 450 CL-C stands out as the cruiser of the trio, embracing the winning combination that made the SS and NK lines so widely embraced: a blend of sleek design, quality hardware, and an attractive price tag. Priced at 287,900 PHP in the Philippines, roughly US$5,200 or RM24,299 based on the current exchange rate, this model offers a compelling option in its class.
The silhouette and shape of the CL-C reveal subtle influences from British bike design, reminiscent of a Triumph Bonneville Bobber, right down to the distinctive gas cap. However, the CL-C distinguishes itself by opting for a rear monoshock cleverly concealed behind the exhaust and the Gates Belt Drive, departing from the Bobber’s suspension setup.
Under the tank, the bike is powered by a 270-degree 449cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine, generating a robust 40 horsepower and up to 39Nm of torque, all mated to a six-speed manual transmission. In terms of power and displacement, the CL-C aligns itself with competitors like the Honda Rebel 500 and Kawasaki’s recently introduced 400cc cruiser.
Suspension is made up of inverted forks and the discreetly positioned monoshock, featuring a stout 37-millimeter set of tubes. Braking is managed by a front single disc which measures 12.5 inches, complemented by an 8.7-inch rear disc.
Tyres are provided by CST though that may change in Malaysia, and measure in at 130/90/R16 up front and 150/80/R16 at the rear.
The Philippine model of the 450 CL-C comes equipped with standard features such as traction control and dual-channel ABS, complemented by a circular TFT display. Modern touches abound, with LEDs adorning the bike from the headlight and indicators to the taillights.
Set to compete with formidable rivals like the Honda Rebel 500, Kawasaki Eliminator, and Royal Enfield’s 350-class, the 450 CL-C emerges as a strong contender, particularly standing out as the most cruiser-centric option in its segment, thanks to the distinctive 270-degree parallel-twin engine.
Credit: CFMoto Philippines