CF Moto gear up for adventures: Teaser pics suggest parallel-twin is almost complete

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Shots on CF Moto’s official Facebook page have given us a glimpse at a long-awaited adventure variant of their parallel-twin CL-X700 platform.

The images show an almost finished CL-X700 Adventure, which was first shown as a concept at the Eicma trade show in Milan back in November 2019 alongside the CLX-700 Heritage and CL-X700 Sport.

Both of these are now on sale, with the Adventure expected to follow suit in the coming months. A representative for CF Moto UK told MCN there aren’t plans to bring it here, but we wouldn’t count it out entirely – especially given the fact the other versions are in dealers.

CF Moto CLX-700 ADV dash and bars

The images online were uploaded along with the words: “700CL-X ADV is on the horizon and so is your next adventure,” implying this third version is to be launched soon – although, as the pictured bike has no indicators, it’s also clear it’s not quite finished.

As expected, and as is clear in these pictures, the new ADV is based on the same Kawasaki ER-6-derived 693cc parallel twin and CF Moto-designed tubular steel chassis, cycle parts, tank and clocks as used on the Heritage roadster and Sport café racer. As such it’s likely to produce 74bhp and come with a 13-litre tank and multi-adjustable suspension.

What clearly differentiates the new ADV from those bikes, however, is the larger, off-road-style 19in front wheel, higher, off road-style ‘beak’ front mudguard and taller, wider handlebars, along with a different seat for a more upright riding position and touring screen.

CF Moto CLX-700 ADV left side

The ADV is also pictured tackling mild off-road riding to emphasise its dirt ability. That said, weighing in at an estimated 200kg (the CL-X700 Heritage weighs 196kg) and without any sort of bashplate or sump guard, don’t expect it to tackle the Dakar…

CF Moto CLX-700 ADV in brief

  • Tank, clocks and more are carried over but the ADV gets a new seat, taller, wider bars and a touring screen for a more upright, protected riding position.
  • Braking, as on the CL-X 700 Heritage, is by a single front disc with four-piston J-Juan radially-mounted caliper. The higher-spec Sport has twin Brembos.
  • A 19in wire front wheel, semi-knobbly tyres and a raised front mudguard suggest at least some ability in the dirt.
  • A likely unchanged engine suggests peak power of 74bhp, as with the Heritage and Sport, but the ‘Off Road’ riding mode is a new addition.
  • Basic engine/chassis is same as CL-X700 Heritage and Sport in being an ER6-derived parallel-twin held in a tubular steel frame.
Phil West

By Phil West

MCN Contributor and bike tester.