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ADV NewsCFMoto 800 Adventura: A New KTM-Powered ADV Bike Coming To US

CFMoto 800 Adventura: A New KTM-Powered ADV Bike Coming To US

The Chinese manufacturer is bringing two high-spec adventure models to the states.

Published on 08.08.2022
CFMoto 800 Adventura coming to U.S.

Back in 2021 we reported that Chinese manufacturing giant CFMoto was on the verge of releasing an 800cc bike with adventure bike aesthetics and KTM parts, including the Austrian maker’s 799cc liquid-cooled LC8c parallel twin. And out into the wider world this new bike went, as the 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring versions, with little word of when or if we might have access to it in North America.

Well, the word has officially arrived, and soon these CFMoto machines will follow, arriving at U.S. dealerships early next year as the 2023 model year 800 Adventura Street and Adventura Terrain — a name change in North America necessary to avoid stepping on Yamaha’s MT naked sport series.

CFMoto 800 Adventura coming to U.S.
Cornering ABS is a first for a Chinese model, says CFMoto. Other features include traction control, ride modes and more.

Much of the bike is as we originally reported. To refresh, KTM has long been involved with China’s CFMoto, with the Austrian giant, trading information about its mechanical technologies and quality control systems in exchange for access to CFMoto’s global manufacturing facilities and supply chain. Nothing sinister here. In fact KTM’s payback trickles straight down to the consumer by keeping prices in check, and on the flip side, CFMoto customers buy a higher quality product. 

CFMoto 800 Adventura coming to U.S.
The Adventura Street version is equipped with 19/17-inch cast wheels. Standard features on both models include cruise control, LED headlights, fog lights; 7″ TFT display, electronic throttle, ride modes and more.

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While CFMoto has been working for many years with Kawasaki to create models with shared genetics, the 800 Adventura models mark its first physical manifestation of its joint venture with KTM to reach the states. Yet at the same time, the new bike doesn’t look much like a KTM at all. There’s the engine, of course, purposely handed off in 2021 just as KTM moved to the current 890cc mill for its North American Adventure series, and a familiar steel tube frame, though the Adventura does use a unique aluminum swing arm system.

The silhouette of the CFMoto 800 Adventura says I’m an Adventure Bike, though it’s clear these models are more street focused rather than dirt- oriented machines. Power from the LC8c engine puts forth a very useful 95 horsepower @ 9000 rpm and 56.8 ft.-lbs. of torque @ 7500 rpm.

CFMoto 800 Adventura coming to U.S.
The Terrain edition adds spoked wheels, a two-way quick shifter, tire pressure monitoring system, heated grips and heated seat.

Wheelsets for both models, cast on the Street and spoked on the Terrain, are 19/17-inches. Instead of the leggy WP suspension on KTM’s middleweight adventure bikes (9.4 inches of travel front and rear), CFMoto went with a cost-saving KYB inverted fork offering an adjustable 6.3 inches of travel, while an adjustable single shock in the rear gives 5.9 inches. 

Motorcycle.com had a chance to ride the new 800 Adventura Terrain on a closed, paved course ahead of its official launch in the U.S. and came away with good feelings. There’s loads of sophisticated technology, including standard ABS and Bosch cornering ABS to regulate the J.Juan dual front 320mm discs w/ opposed 4-piston radial calipers and single 260mm disc w/floating 2-piston caliper out back. 

CFMoto 800 Adventura coming to U.S.
A 7-inch TFT screen gives access to ride modes, Bluetooth connectivity to pair a smartphone and a host of other features.

Cruise control is also standard, as well as traction control and two electronic ride modes (Rain and Sport), which are switched via a 7-inch color TFT display. Both models also provide USB and 12V DC outlets and feature LED lighting and fog lights. The medium-height windscreens above the pinched beaks look to be the same size on both machines and a gnarled plastic hand knob suggests adjustability.

The Terrain edition adds the spoked wheels, a two-way quick shifter, tire pressure monitoring system, heated grips and heated driver seat. Although not listed in the specs, we can see in marketing photos that the Terrain is shown with a bash plate and hand guards. 

CFMoto 800 Adventura coming to U.S.
Seat height is reported at 825mm (32.5 inches).

The Adventura models are the largest displacement motorcycles from CFMoto to make it to the U.S., and appear to offer a new level of quality as well. Of the fit and finish, the tester who rode the Terrain went as far as to call its paint and aesthetics a step above KTM’s. 

And of its performance, the journalist called it “as capable and composed as the old 790 Adventure, while exhibiting none of the weird peccadilloes we’ve come to expect from other Chinese motorcycles over the years.” Though we need to keep in mind this test was on a closed, paved circuit, and that the Adventura will feel nothing like a 790 Adventure when it hits the dirt.

CFMoto 800 Adventura coming to U.S.

Although CFMoto has been bringing ATVs into the U.S. market for quite some time, its push to bring in its motorcycles via a quickly expanding dealer network has just gotten underway this year. The effort is moving along so quickly in fact, you might have already seen some of the 7 models already sold here, including a sport-touring slanted 650 Adventura. 

CFMoto 800 Adventura coming to U.S.

Traditionally the most attractive thing about Chinese products has been the price, but in this case, KTM’s involvement adds quite a bit of value, making $9,499 for the Street model (before transport and assembly fees) sound like a good deal. The Terrain touring version starts at $10,499. Color choices for the Street are Nebula Black or Twilight Blue while the Terrain is only available in the Twilight Blue motif. 

To locate a dealer or find out more details about the bikes, side-by-sides and quads CFMoto is bringing to America, check out its U.S. website

CFMoto Adventura 800 Specs

Engine:2-cylinder inline, liquid-cooled parallel, 8 valves, DOHC
Displacement:799cc
Bore x Stroke:88mm × 65.7mm (3.5″ x 2.6″)
Max Power:95 hp @ 9000 rpm
Max Torque:56.8 ft. lbs. @ 7500 rpm
Fuel System:Bosch® EFI
Transmission:6-speed, CF-SC slipper clutch
L x W x H:88″ x 34″ x 50″
Wheel Base:60.3″
Seat Height:32.5″
Fuel Capacity:5 gal.
Curb Weight:509 lbs.
Suspension:Front: 6.3″ wheel travel; Upside down telescopic KYB fork, adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping; Rear: 5.9″ wheel travel; Single shock, adjustable damping, KYB;
Brakes:Front: Double disc, J.Juan, radial fixed caliper; Rear: Single disc, J.Juan
ABS:Standard ABS and cornering ABS
Rim (Front/Rear):19″/17″ Aluminum alloy
ColorS:Street: Nebula Black, Twilight Blue. Terrain: Twilight Blue.

Photos by CFMoto

Author: Jamie Elvidge

Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.

Author: Jamie Elvidge
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  2. Seems to me like you would be better off with a Tenere 700 that is made in Japan for about the same price. These are real porkers.

  3. Excited to see and try this. I’ve never ridden one only seen some of the 650 Adventura and am impressed. Not only looks nice but full of features! I’ve never liked the low exposed gas tank on the KTM 790/890/Norden 901. But they are good bikes. The price looks good on these CFmotos as well. Wondering how much weighed can be shaved with aftermarket exhaust…?

  4. On a recent ATV club ride, Both relatively new CFMoto quads dropped out with brake problems within the first 5 miles. The front brakes on the 2019 CFMoto behind me burst into flames. Fortunately, the side by side behind him had a fire extinguisher, and probably saved the quad from going up in flames. Several miles later, as we pulled over to regroup, I noticed smoke coming from the rear of the 2022 CFMoto quad directly in front of me. His rear caliper had overheated and seized. No flames, but he was done for the day. One of the riders opined that maybe a bad batch of Chinesium had been used in the manufacturing process. Let’s hope their bikes fare better.

    • Hmmm, ktm engine , the rest Chinese w/ lots of electronic controls meant to go off road. What about this seems to be a bad idea? At prices approaching a Japanese maker All the CF models I see for sale used go VERY CHEAPLY Reflecting poor build quality? How will parts availability happen if China continues or steps up their practice blockade circling Taiwan I wouldn’t want to be a dealer selling them!!!

      • Um, OK. And what would be my motivation? Look, I realize that in this world economy, things are assembled from parts made all over the world. For example, under the “Made in America”, Screaming Eagle airbox on a Harley, sits a Japanese carburator. My Austrian KTM has a Mikuni carb, and one of my BMW’s has an Italian engine. In any mass produced part, some are gonna meet the design and quality specs, some are gonna exceed them, and some are gonna fall short. That’s the nature of mass production. I get it; manufacturers source parts from whoever can supply them to their specs, and a particular price point. I also get that for years, “Made in China” typically meant cheap, substandard stuff. Granted, their manufacturing and quality control has improved greatly; it had to in order to compete in the world market. But it does not change the fact that sometimes, in order to undersell the competition, corners get cut.

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