CFMoto 700MT adds middle option to Chinese brand's touring range

The CFMoto 700MT is the latest addition to the Chinese manufacturer's touring range, with almost 70 horsepower from its 693cc engine.

CFMoto 700MT

The CFMoto 700MT has arrived as the middle ground model in the Chinese brand’s touring range, using an engine that it has utilised in the past.

CFMoto’s partnership with KTM continues to grow, and, on the face of it, this is shown in the engine of the new CFMoto 700MT.

693cc with 55kW (66hp) sounds similar to the engine used in the KTM 690 SMC R and KTM 690 Enduro R. However, there is a fairly significant difference between the KTM unit and that used in the CFMoto 700MT, that being the number of cylinders: one for the KTM, two for the CFMoto.

Instead, the CFMoto's engine comes from Kawasaki, and is the same unit used in the CFMoto 700CL-X Heritage, derived from the motor used in Kawasaki's Z650 and ER-6F. For both the CL-X and 700MT, CFMoto lengthens the stroke to increase the capacity from 650cc to 693cc. 66hp and 60Nm are the result.

That means the 700MT is slightly down compared to the similarly sized Yamaha Tracer 7 and Suzuki V-Strom 650, and also not a huge increase over its own smaller sibling, the 650MT, which produces 60hp and 56Nm. The 700MT’s 18-litre fuel tank is larger than the Tracer 7’s 17-litre tank, but two litres smaller than that of the V-Strom 650.

A chromoly-steel frame helps keep the weight to 218kg, the same as the aforementioned 650MT, while wheel travel on the 700MT is 140mm at the front, thanks to 43mm USD forks, and 45mm at the rear courtesy of the single shock absorber. 

Braking comes from J.Juan, which provides two 300mm front discs with a dual-piston calliper and a single 240mm rear disc with a single-piston calliper.

Pirelli is called on for tyres, providing a 120/70 ZR17 at the front and a 160/60 ZR17 at the rear.

The CFMoto 700MT is also equipped with a five-inch TFT display, USB-A and USB-B sockets, standard ABS, and LED headlights.

Available in two colours - Nebula White and Nebula Black - the CFMoto 700MT is priced at £6,699 and will be available from authorised UK dealers in mid-July 2023.

You can find your nearest dealer on the official CFMoto website.

All above information courtesy of CFMoto press release. CFMoto Global website has different statistics for engine power (55kW/74hp) and torque (68Nm). CFMoto suggests this could be differences between markets.

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