The first pillar in CFMOTO’s all-new full-powered three-model 700CL-X neo-retro range – the Heritage– will go on sale in New Zealand in December 2021 for a mouth-watering $9990 plus on-road costs.
Recently launched in China’s domestic market, the CL-X range is a watershed for CFMOTO as it breaks out of the learners-only segment for the first time.
With its smooth lines and attractive features such as the aluminium side panels, the 700CL-X Heritage will hit New Zealand shores alongside the 700CL-X Sport, with the wire-spoked-wheeled Adventure to follow in 2022.
The 700CL-X's performance amounts to an increase of 18hp (13kW) and 6Nm over CFMOTO's existing 649cc LAMS-based parallel twin found in the two 650NK variants as well as the 650MT and 650GT.
The hike in capacity for the 693cc engine over the 649cc unit has been achieved by a 3mm increase in stroke, and other technical highlights for the updated powerplant include Bosch fuel-injection, split connecting rods, a slipper clutch, and forged pistons for strength and reduced weight and inertia.
Styled by CFMOTO’s European design team, the 700CL-X Heritage represents an amazing value-packed proposition in the middleweight road bike segment, with standard features including a ride-by-wire throttle, cruise control, dual-channel Continental anti-lock braking, Spanish J.Juan brakes, ‘Sport’ and ‘Economy’ riding modes, full LED lighting, USB charging and an adaptive headlight that automatically adjusts to ambient brightness.
Fuel capacity is 13 litres, and wet weight is a light 196kg thanks to features such as the aluminium-alloy swingarm.
The 700CL-X Heritage tracks on 18-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels, mated to Pirelli MT60 dual-purpose tyres. Suspension is by KYB including a fully adjustable upside-down 41mm fork as well as a monoshock rear with rebound and preload adjustment. Travel front and rear is 150mm.
The standard seat height is 800mm and, with its high handlebar, the 700CL-X Classic promotes a relaxed, upright riding position.