Some people might associate Chinese brands with low quality – well, CFMoto begs to differ, especially since teaming up with KTM. CFMoto has a wide range of models destined for different uses. The latest machine they have announced is the 800MT Explore Edition, the top-of-the-line variant in the 800MT lineup.
The CFMoto 800MT was presented in China about two years ago, and it’s the sister model of the KTM 790 Adventure. Design-wise, CFMoto got some inspiration from the Honda Africa Twin and the Triumph Tiger 900.
For most people, price is the decisive buying factor, so I'll start with that – CFMoto hasn’t revealed any pricing info yet, but we do know that the 800MT Sport retails for around $10,689 (€9,990), while the more advanced Touring version goes for $12,830 (€11,970). The Explore will probably cost a bit more than that, but it would still be an excellent price, especially considering the multitude of useful features you’ll get. So, let’s get into it.
Like other touring motorcycles out there, this vehicle is quite sizeable – it has a wheelbase of 1,531 mm (60 inches), a seat height of 825 mm (32 inches), and a ground clearance of 19 centimeters (7.5 inches). It tips the scales at 231 kg (509 lbs.) with fuel in the tank but without the side box. Oh, about that, the 19-liter (5 gallons) fuel tank should provide a long enough range, especially since the fuel consumption probably isn’t high.
The 800MT Explore Edition comes with the same performance setup as other 800MT models. It’s equipped with a 2-cylinder, 799cc engine that outputs 67 kW (90 hp or 91 hp) power and 75 Nm (102 ft-lbs.) torque. The engine is an iteration of KTM’s LC8C engine, although it’s tuned differently – it enables the bike to reach speeds of around 195 kph (121 mph).
Speed is not that important when we’re talking about touring motorcycles, though. Instead, we should focus more on braking power – the 800MT boasts a 320mm double disk brake with four-piston calipers at the front and a 260mm disc brake with two-piston calipers at the rear. What’s more, the braking hardware is supplied by J. Juan, a subsidiary of Brembo.
Another update is the more prominent 8-inch MMI display, which also features touchscreen functionality. Moreover, it supports multimedia interaction, Bluetooth connectivity, and voice control, and provides directions for navigation.
Undoubtedly, the most critical task for any bike’s electronics is to keep you stable and safe – in this regard, the CFMoto 800MT offers plenty of equipment. It’s fitted with a six-axis sensor from Bosch and ABS and slip control, and the traction control system has been tweaked to provide the smoothest ride possible. Two riding modes are available: Sport and Rain.
All in all, the CFMoto stands out from other lesser-known motorcycle brands. The 800MT Explore Edition is ready to accompany you both on off and on-road adventures, and all for a very competitive price. The upgrades aren’t that significant compared to other 800MT models, but they will provide you with an extra edge, which will come in handy if you plan on riding this bike at its full capabilities.