A civilian version of the new CFMoto CF1250J police bike with a modified KTM LC8 engine is coming and it will be the biggest Chinese bike yet!
Michael Poynton, director of Australian importer Mojo Motorcycles, confirms the civvy version of the CF1350J is coming, “however this will be a while off yet”.
“I haven’t received technical details yet from CFMoto,” he says.
However details published in the UK “appears to be on the money from what I know”.
CF1250J tech specs
That means it is a superseded KTM LC8 engine with new castings and now 1279cc with 104kW output and 240km/h top speed.
That would make it the biggest and most powerful motorcycle engine from a Chinese factory.
Other details include a porky 279kg wet weight, digital instruments, 190/55 ZR17 and 120/70 ZR17 tyres, Bosch ABS and Brembo calipers.
The civvy version will be a CF1250G and, of course, it will include a pillion seat.
The current CFMoto range in Australia includes 150-650cc learner-approved motorcycles ranging in price from just $3290 to $8490.
They are also adding the 300SR, their first fully faired sports model.
It was to arrive this month, but Michael says they decided to postpone the release of this model to spring due to current market conditions.
“This decision was made at the end of March, when things were obviously looking a lot worse than they are currently,” he says.
After a temporary closure in early February for the coronavirus pandemic, the CFMoto factory has been in full capacity production since the end of March, Michael says.
The factory in Hangzhou makes their bikes for the world market as well as KTMs for China.
“We have seen no impact to our supply chain, vehicles or spare parts,” he says.
“As we enter our peak season with ATV/UTVs in the lead-up to end of financial year, we actually have record volumes of CFMoto shipments scheduled to arrive over the coming months.
“And no, we have not experienced any backlash against Chinese products with our CFMoto retail numbers actually increasing over the first four months of 2020.”
The CFMoto factory is just outside Shanghai and about 750km from Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.
CFMoto and KTM are also building a joint factory in China with an estimated output of more than half a million bikes a year for the world market.
Michael says the joint factory was progressing well with production planned for the third quarter of this year.
“I believe the first models to be manufactured there will be the new CFMoto 700s (released in Milan) followed by KTM 790s.”
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