Rugged looking Lifan KPT 400 adventure motorcycle announced

The Lifan KPT 400 adventure motorcycle features 42bhp 400cc engine, adjustable screen, and a TFT dash


THE Shenzhen Motor Expo was the stage for the unveiling of a new, and slightly familiar looking, adventure motorcycle, the Lifan KPT 400. Snappy name aside, the specs of the bike actually look quite good, and with a price of around £3,500 – it's good value too.

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Lifan hasn’t really been in the news for releasing high profile new models in recent years, preferring instead to focus on high turnover over low margin models like scooters and 125s. This though is a very different proposition.

The KPT 400 (yes the names gotta go!) is a rugged-looking adventure bike, with more than a hint of Pan America about that angular front end. The boxy styling hides a liquid-cooled 400cc parallel twin-cylinder engine that produces a reported 42bhp at a fizzy 9,500rpm. Peak torque of 25.8lb-ft arrives at 7,500rpm, and while the numbers aren’t stellar, they do put the KPT in the mix when compared with the class-leading KTM 390 Adventure.

Beneath the skin is a trellis frame that is suspended by USD forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear. Braking at the front is provided by conventionally mounted dual calipers while a single-piston caliper makes do at the rear.

Tech-wise, the Lifan comes with a TFT dash, LED lights all around, navigation built-in and Bluetooth connectivity.

Interestingly, this small capacity adventure bike comes with a cavernous (for the engine size) 18.5-litre fuel tank. Something that Lifan claims can give the KPT 400 a range of more than 300 miles.