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CFMOTO 250SR sports bike breaks cover 

China's CFMOTO takes another sure step towards taking on Kawasaki and Yamaha with its new fully faired sportsbike, the CFMOTO 250SR

After a few teasers and clandestine spy shots, the CFMoto 250SR has broken cover in its production ready form ahead of what appears to be an imminent reveal.

A fully-faired sports bike based on the 250NK, the CFMOTO 250SR has been anticipated for some months after a prototype was first shown in May at CFMOTO Day in the firm’s native China. 

Though information at the time was scant, the fact CFMOTO released a teaser video of it completing laps of a racetrack suggested it was well down the path of development and on its way into a production within months.

This image, which has come courtesy of a Chinese patent application, is the first to be seen without its racing-inspired decals and is evidently in showroom ready form. Placed side by side, there is little change to the styling with sharp, sleek lines akin to the best of the Japanese and European offerings.

It is no coincidence that CFMOTO is associated with Kiska design, which has styled many KTM’s in recent years, motorcycles the 250SR seemingly shares some external DNA with.

Will the CFMOTO 250SR be sold in the UK?

Sold under the WKBikes brand in the UK, CFMOTO already offers a fairly distinguished range of mid-sized motorcycles, including the 250NK on which the 250SR is based.

Under the skin, the 250SR will share the same 249cc engine to generate around 25bhp, while May’s teaser video reveals trick looking Brembo calipers, USD forks, the obligatory TFT dash and an Akrapovic exhaust. 

With the 250NK on sale for £3,099 in the UK, the CFMoto 250SR is likely to become in closer to £3,500-£4,000, placing it comfortably cheaper than its intended rivals, the Kawasaki Ninja 400 and Yamaha R3.

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