CFMOTO NZ has confirmed the introductory pricing of its hotly anticipated new adventure bike - the 450MT.
CFMOTO's newest entry into the adventure bike category looks set to put the brand on the map here in New Zealand. With the all-new 450MT (known as the Ibex 450 in the USA) CFMOTO is set to debut not only a bike with an incredibly appealing spec sheet, but also an incredible introductory price point.
CFMOTO continues its bang-for-buck theme with the 450MT with the bike confirmed to be priced from just $9,990 + on roads when it is introduced to the Kiwi market in June.
First announced at EICMA 2023, the MT450 brings to market a highly specced small capacity adventure machine that splits the difference between a traditional ADV and a dual sport machine.
In fact, with its 450cc parallel-twin engine (also found in the 450NK) CFMOTO might just be the closest to creating an ADV Unicorn for the masses. In 450MT trim the engine delivers 32.5kW (43.5hp) at 8500 rpm and 44 Nm at 6250 rpm, while dual balance shafts improve the smoothness of the 270-degree firing order.
Rolling stock comes in the form of a proper adventure-ready 21-inch front wheel paired with an 18-inch rear while suspension is a 41mm adjustable fork from KYB with 200mm of travel on offer. Ground clearance is at the pointy end of the small displacement adventure class at 230mm while the seat height is reasonably attainable at 820mm.
Weight, as always, is make or break for these bikes and the CFMOTO seems to be quite promising in this regard. With a claimed dry weight of 175kg, the 450MT should be significantly lighter than the soon-to-arrive Himalayan 450.
Tech-wise, the 450MT brings to the party switchable ABS and traction control with the ABS at the rear wheel able to be switched off easily thanks to a dedicated handlebar button - no faffing around in the TFT menus.
The traction control does require some digging through the TFT, but CFMOTO claims this is a very user-friendly system so its hopefully not too much of a chore.
That TFT colour display is a 5" unit and also supports Bluetooth connectivity for a seamless riding experience if that's how you like to roll.
Like all good adventure bikes, CFMOTO is set to offer accessories for the 450MT with a range including luggage and crash protection set to be on offer on top of the bike's already impressive base-spec.
CFMOTO New Zealand are backing their newest bike with a 2-year warranty which should help ease the fears of riders unfamiliar with the brand.