New CFMoto 800MT heading to UK: KTM-based adventurer to hit dealers in summer

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CFMoto have confirmed the first big bike from their deal with KTM will arrive in dealers in June – with prices starting below £10k.

Called the 800MT, the bike uses the 799cc parallel twin from KTM’s outgoing 790 Adventure. The unit produces an A2-restrictable 92bhp and 65lb.ft of torque.

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It hasn’t lost too much of the tech we’ve come to associate with the original bike including slipper clutch, cornering ABS, ride-by wire throttle and multiple riding modes.

CFMoto 800MT right side

Plus there’s a high level of comfort tech that wasn’t on the 790, including cruise control, tyre pressure sensors and a 7 inch colour TFT dash with Bluetooth connectivity for navigation.

The chassis spec is more than respectable with fully adjustable KYB suspension, which will be a welcome addition for some riders. The suspension is 160mm front, 150mm rear with just a 825mm seat height – 25mm lower than the standard seat on the Adventure and 55mm lower than the Adventure R.

The only other spec downgrade is the swap to J.Juan brakes from Brembo, but the 320mm twin disc front-end and 260mm single at the back should be more than adequate.

CFMoto 800MT TFT dash

The fuel tank is now a traditional shape, rather than the large twin saddle items on the 790, although capacity has only dropped by one litre, to 19 litres. There are plenty of the usual accessories you’d expect, including three-piece hard luggage, engine bars, centrestand and handguards.

There will be two versions when it arrives in the UK: the entry-level Sport and the fully loaded Touring option. As well as the luggage, the Touring model also gets the quickshifter/blipper as standard plus handguards, spoked wheels (with gold rims naturally) as well as an exclusive blue paintjob.

Both have a four-year warranty and the option of two-year interest free finance. Pricing hasn’t been confirmed but CFMoto say the Sport will start from around £9500, which is a near £2500 saving over a brand-new KTM 890 Adventure.

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Called the 800MT, the new bike uses the 799cc parallel twin from KTM’s outgoing 790 Adventure and looks set to offer a modestly priced, road-focused alternative to KTM’s ‘ready to race’ machines. 

Power and torque are the same as the KTM, at 92bhp and 65ftlbs and it also hasn’t lost any of its sister bike’s tech, including slipper clutch, cornering ABS, ride-by-wire throttle, quickshifter and multiple riding modes.

There’s a high level of ‘comfort tech’ too, some of which wasn’t on the 790, including cruise control, TFT dash with navigation, keyless ignition, automatic LED lights, fog lights, heated grips and seat plus alarm. 

CFMoto 800MT right side

The chassis is impressive too, if not quite meeting KTM standard, with KYB suspension and J.Juan brakes replacing WP and Brembo kit. While another welcome addition for some will be its 825mm seat height – 25mm lower than the Adventure and 55mm lower than the Adventure R.

There are also all the usual adventure accessories including three-piece hard luggage, engine bars, centre stand and handguards. 

The fuel tank is a tradtional shape, without the large twin saddle ones of the 790 with tank capacity only shrinking by 1litre to 19litres. 

So far the bike has only been officially released at a domestic bike show in China, however the UK operation thinks riders over here should be just as excited.

CFMoto 800MT headlight

“It was great to see the CFMoto 800MT presented to the Chinese domestic market, the bike looks fantastic and the specification is very exciting too,” said Freddie Hinkley, Managing Director of CFMoto UK. 

“We believe this model would be very popular with UK customers and hope to see the Euro 5 version here in the near future. The unveiling of the 800MT in China is just the beginning of a very exciting time for the CFMoto brand.

“It shows the huge amount of development and investment that CFMoto are putting into the motorcycle market with more exciting models due in the future.”

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