Exclusive: KTM 790 Adventure-based CFMoto ADV to be unveiled this year

13 February 2020, 02:31 PM Suvil Susvirkar
Exclusive: KTM 790 Adventure-based CFMoto ADV to be unveiled this year

- CFMoto MT-800 will be manufactured in China

- Its motor will be based on the KTM LC8c engine that currently powers the 790 Adventure

- Unlike the 790 Adventure, the CFMoto MT-800 will be road-biased

Official documents have confirmed that the KTM 790 Adventure-based CFMoto MT-800 will enter into production in China from October 2020. This upcoming motorcycle from CFMoto will be manufactured at the same plant where KTM will manufacture the 790 Duke and the 790 Adventure.

The MT-800 was spotted earlier this year, and the spy images revealed details about the styling and the equipment on the motorcycle. As seen in the images, the middleweight product from CFMoto is road-biased rather than being a proper off-roader like the 790 Adventure. Thus, the motorcycle rides on alloy wheels – 19-inch front and 17-inch rear – that are wrapped in road-focused tyres.

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Styling cues on the MT-800 include a semi-fairing design, radiator shrouds and a tall windscreen. Unlike the 790 Adventure, the CFMoto uses a conventional fuel tank. A split-style saddle follows the tank, and it appears to be low enough to be accessible for relatively short riders. The exhaust, similar to the 790 Adventure, gets a tall position. The swingarm, however, is different from the unit on the middleweight Austrian adventure motorcycle.

The motorcycle that was seen in spy photographs was also equipped with optional accessories such as panniers, top box and auxiliary lights.

Hardware on the CFMoto MT-800 comprises of upside-down telescopic forks at the front and a mono-shock at the back. The anchoring department is handled by twin discs at the front and a single rotor at the back. The safety net on the vehicle includes a switchable ABS and traction control system. Other equipment like full LED lighting and a Bluetooth-enabled colour-TFT display could also be part of the package.

The motorcycle uses the KTM LC8c-derived motor. The 799cc, parallel-twin cylinder, liquid-cooled, eight-valve engine on the KTM 790 Adventure makes 93.8bhp and 88Nm.

The Indian launch details of the CFMoto MT-800 are not available yet.

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