2022 CFMOTO 800 Adventura Evaluate First Experience


Greg D. from Rider journal and Ron Lieback from Cycle World had been beating me up all day across the cute little take a look at monitor at CFMOTO’s coming-out social gathering for its seven new bikes final month. Even once I was on my favourite 2022 CFs – the 700CL-X and ADVentura 650 – these guys had been nonetheless leaving me within the mud on what ought to’ve been slower bikes, dammit. However I feel I’ve written complete columns about the way it’s higher to by no means have been actually good at any specific sport, because it makes it method simpler to simply accept defeat. Critical rivals get their psyches all bruised and bent out of practice; I retreat to the meals truck for extra bbq and drinks… Additionally, the damp patches and tar snakes had been issues everyone needed to take care of, however the older you get the extra you favor to not fall off the bike.

However there was additionally an eighth CFMOTO bike there that day we had been sworn to secrecy about till August 1, which is immediately. And that’s the brand new 800 Adventura. Which actually shouldn’t be so secret to severe motorheads, because it’s already on sale in numerous different locations around the globe. Additionally, Dennis Chung reported on the KTM/CF alliance almost two years in the past. What we didn’t know was if the brand new bike can be coming to the land of the Free or not, and now we do. Sure it’s. All over the place else, the bike is known as 800MT, however these letters had been already occupied by Yamaha.

It was onerous to maintain monitor of CFMOTO’s seven new bikes. Eight. 9 if you happen to depend the 800 Adventura Terrain and Avenue as separate fashions…

All the opposite journalists and influencers at CF’s little trackday/bbq had been hogging the 800 up a lot of the day, and I used to be concentrating on the 700CLs and brisket largely anyway, although Moe Cason’s pulled pork was additionally to die for. However towards the top of the day, I snagged the brand new Adventura and rolled out on the monitor. 

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I may see Drevenstedt and Lieback in my mirrors exiting the ultimate left onto the ⅓-mile entrance straight on about lap two, and so they had been each getting higher drives onto it than I used to be (tar snakes). However rolling open the MT’s new 799cc KTM twin gave them a style of their very own medication; it scooted simply away from the outdated Kawasaki Z650 engines (the CL’s is 693 cc) within the different CFMOTOs with ease. AhAhahahhaa, take that punks…

Not solely does the 800 have a claimed 95 horsepower at 9250 rpm and 57 lb-ft torque at 8000, the Adventura additionally will get the newest in Bosch lean-sensitive braking software program and traction management. Premium tires, too, and adjustable KYB suspension at each ends, which works nicely on all of the CFMOTOs, however even higher on the brand new top-o-the-line 800.

Abruptly, tar snakes and damp patches now not registered as a lot, because the Adventura made its assured method across the circuit. The quickshifter, which additionally works effective, doesn’t do something to harm your lap instances both. Each lap, the youngsters would get greater in my left mirror in that very same last nook earlier than the ⅓-mile straight: Greg even acquired previous me as soon as, however even then the 800 had the facility to close off his water midway down the straight, earlier than registering 115 mph or so by the top of it. The 800, towards CFMOTO’s fairly steamy 700s (Lieback was on a 650NK) is dishonest. I’m in. (Disclaimer: Under no circumstances was this a race, however extra a real-time efficiency comparability.)

Seen KTM roots

I imagine we went on at some size as to what an awesome engine the KTM 790 twin was when it got here out. That is that engine. Perhaps KTM is okay with that partly as a result of its model is now bored and stroked to 889 cc. KTM says it makes 103 hp and 74 lb-ft to the CF’s claims of 95 and 57. Ninety-five and 57 nonetheless looks like a really beneficiant serving to of let’s go.

Euro model is 800MT, ours is 800 Adventura.

And three J Juan disc brakes, the entrance with four-piston radial-mount calipers and Bosch lean-sensitive ABS, make stopping onerous simply as assured. Utilizing the rear to maintain from working vast on the exit of that final nook, with the throttle vast(ish) open, additionally had the benefit of constructing the LED brake mild flash alarmingly, in accordance with the individuals making an attempt to draft me off that final nook. Good for security!

Sadly, there aren’t any identified pics of me driving the Adventura. I feel that is CFMOTO’s take a look at rider, whose title escapes me.

Say, what is that this? An ADV bike or a sport one?

In actual fact, there usually are not one however two 800 Adventuras: The Adventura Avenue will get forged 19-/17-in wheels, LED lighting and fog lights, a 7-inch TFT show, ride-by-wire with sport and rain trip modes, cruise management(!) and a USB port.

Know the 800 Adventura Terrain (the one we acquired to trip) by its wire-spoke wheels, and that it provides to the Avenue bundle a bi-directional quickshifter, tire stress monitoring, a steering damper, heated grips and rider’s seat.

How a lot would you anticipate to pay? The Avenue is $9,499. The Terrain is $10,499. 

Each bikes look fairly adventurous, with their bolt upright snug ergos, huge windshields, and 19-/17-inch wheel combos. However with not all that a lot journey within the 43mm fork and monoshock – 6.3 in. in entrance and 5.9 in. out again, and a not-too-tall 32.5-in. seat top – the Adventura Terrain maintains a pleasant flat angle on the brakes and the fuel, and scurries round on the asphalt rather well. It type of splits the distinction between KTM’s 790 Journey and 790 Duke, and the 800 Avenue needs to be simply pretty much as good on the pavement if not higher.

Whereas the Kawasaki affect of the opposite CF motos is simple sufficient to see however not utterly apparent, this one marks CF’s first collaboration with KTM, and it’s the identical form of deal. The bike’s metal body is just like the 790 Journey’s (now 890). The CF dispenses with the KTM’s plastic gasoline saddlebags up entrance, however is claimed to nonetheless maintain 5 gallons to the KTM’s 5.3-gal capability. The entrance of the bike seems like a little bit of anime from the Kawasaki part of the CF manufacturing unit might have crept in, however at the very least in a useful method, given the LED lighting and even normal fog lights. There isn’t a beak.

Wheelbases are about the identical, at simply over 60 inches, and each the KTM and CFMOTO seat heights are nearly 32.5 inches (the “R” KTM is 2 inches increased). 

The one place the place the KTM and CF depart, and it’s an vital place, is within the weight division: We have now the KTM Journey and Journey R at round 467 kilos; CFMOTO’s specs peg each its 800s at 509 lbs moist. Not precisely mild. Being a bit on the chonky facet appears to be a factor with most Chinese language bikes. 

Then once more, we do not know how correct these weights are. Within the pics, it seems just like the Terrain additionally comes with a centerstand and crash safety, although 509 is the declare for each it and the Avenue – whose forged wheels needs to be a bit lighter, too. On its toes, the Terrain felt fairly mild and nimble round that little 1.3-mile circuit, which included a few tight cone chicanes to maintain speeds down.

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Not solely do we have now no footage of your correspondent driving the bike, we additionally don’t have any footage of its many good options, aside from a pair I snagged from CFMOTO’s international web site, which can also be on the tight-lipped facet. At this level, it looks like advertising and marketing could be the solely space the place the Chinese language haven’t fairly caught up, for the reason that new Adventura appears each bit as nicely turned-out as a brand new Japanese or Austrian one. (My unhealthy for not whipping out my telephone digicam whereas I used to be there, however we typically get a giant picture drop from knowledgeable photographer after an occasion like this one.)

There’s your latest-thing seven-inch TFT show up entrance, full with welcome present and bluetooth connectivity. There’s your cruise management button on the left switchgear, and your mode selector (Rain and Sport), additionally your heated grips and seat controls on the Terrain. All of it hooked up to the ends of a pleasant tapered aluminum handlebar in reversible risers. I can’t keep in mind if the windshield is adjustable, however I imagine it’s judging from what seems like a twisty knob within the picture.

Solid aluminum swingarm additionally like KTM however not fairly…

I solely acquired to trip the 800 Adventura for 20 or half-hour round a largely clean “take a look at monitor,” however the fueling and agency however supple suspension each felt completely first-world. So did the brakes and all of it; it’s simple to trip this one like an actual sportbike. I’m typically bushed after a monitor session, however I pulled in laughing on the Terrain. (We had been all starting to go a bit too aggro for the driving denims and enduro jackets we’d all packed.)

The ADV styling is unquestionably there, and I can see no apparent cause to not take both Adventura down a dust street. Nonetheless, I’m going to guess that shorter-travel KYB stuff isn’t going to offer the true offroad means of the longer-travel WP suspension KTM places on its 890 Journey. Perhaps that issues to you, perhaps it doesn’t.

Cheap, however not low cost 

The crux of the biscuit is, at $9,499 and $10,499, these CFMOTOs are 3 or 4k lower than the orange Austrian equal. However from the place I sit (sat, for a short whereas), the 800 Adventura Terrain felt each bit as succesful and composed because the outdated 790 Journey, whereas exhibiting not one of the bizarre peccadilloes we’ve come to anticipate from different Chinese language bikes through the years. In actual fact, within the match and end division – the place a few of Austria’s mid-priced bikes endure a bit – I feel the CF’s paint and aesthetics are literally a step above. Once more, sorry for the dearth of photographs.

It can save you all of your feedback about supporting our essential geopolitical foe with American {dollars}; we went over all that within the feedback after the final two CFMOTO opinions. The competing concept is, after all, that robust commerce is what binds international locations collectively and avoids battle. All we have now to do is give you issues to promote to China. How a couple of good Sportster, perhaps an Indian Scout?

You might have a little bit time to consider it. Sounds just like the 800 Adventuras gained’t be in any of CFMOTO’s 550 US sellers earlier than the top of the 12 months. One thing tells me they gained’t linger there so long as another Chinese language manufacturers. 

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