CFMOTO is taking aim squarely at Kawasaki's popular Ninja 400 with its next lightweight sportbike offering, the 450SR.
Expected to arrive in New Zealand later this year, full specs on the 450SR are yet to be revealed by CFMOTO, but a few have been supplied to us by local distributor Mojo Motorcycles.
Powering the 450SR is a 450cc parallel-twin which produces 49.6hp (37kW) at 9500rpm with 39Nm of torque at 7600rpm. CFMOTO has also confirmed through Mojo Motorcycles that this powertrain will also be utilised by KTM, with whom CFMOTO has had a partnership since 2013, in the upcoming KTM 490 range of motorcycles.
Including a brimmed 14-litre whole package is claimed to weigh in at just 168kg. Combine that with the near 50hp of peak power and Brembo stoppers (backed with Bosch ABS) and the package looks very attractive from a performance standpoint.
Visually, the 450SR looks the part as well with LED lighting, full fairing and MotoGP inspired winglets for increased downforce. Ok it is still just a 450 and the effectiveness of those winglets is yet to be fully determined, but heck it looks cool doesn't it?
Pricing is yet to be announced but we do know that the bikes are expected to start arriving in Kiwi dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2022. That should be just in time for the summer club racing season!