Next-generation CFMoto 800NK will stay true to striking NK-C22 concept

Patent drawings reveal the new CFMoto 800NK will hit the road barely unchanged from the dramatic-looking CFMoto NK-C22 concept previewed last month


The brand-new CFMoto NK roadster will remain faithful in design to the eye-catching NK-C22 concept motorcycle when it hits the road, according to these new patent drawings.

A mainstay of the CFMoto range for some years, the latest generation model was previewed last month with a striking prototype presented during the Chinese manufacturer’s annual conference.

Similar in approach to the SR-C21 concept sportsbike, which went on to become the CFMoto 450SR, while that transition from prototype to production saw some of its more outlandish features toned down, it appears the NK will hit the market largely unchanged from the C22.

This begins right at the front with the striking rendition of CFMoto’s new family face, which features a Yamaha style central circular headlight, flanked by running lights that sweep up the fascia for an aggressive-looking appearance.

Sharp edges and creases continue the theme across the side-profile but while the front-half of the NK looks unchanged, the tweaks come instead come towards the rear with the single-sided swingarm morphing into a more conventional double-sided unit, while the concept motorcycle’s beefy SC Project exhaust is also (sadly) missing.

The drawings also confirm the NK will be equipped with the KTM’s venerable 799cc LC8 engine as used in both the KTM 790 Duke and CFMoto’s own 800MT adventure model.

While not the newest architecture in KTM’s armoury, the enduring appeal of the engine - which is built by CFMoto in its native China - is represented by the Austrian firm opting to bring back the 790 Duke for sale alongside the newer 890 Duke.

Representing a significant step up in size from the current 650cc NK, it should see the 800NK producing around 95hp, putting it on a power par with the newly-launched Honda CB750 Hornet and out-pace the 75hp Yamaha MT-07.

It also moves the NK above the CFMoto 700CL-X in the range, which suggests it will also move significantly up the price bracket from its current bargainous £5,799 to something more in the region of plus-£7,000.