CF Moto 1250 TR-G Touring Bike Signals Chinese Move to Large Capacity Bikes

Big touring bike from CF Moto Uses KTM V-twin motor

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CF Moto’s 1250 TR-G touring bike bucks the Chinese trend of small-capacity bikes. Uses the 1279cc V-twin from KTM road and adventure bikes.

CFMoto 1250 TR-G Is a Big Touring Bike From China

CF Moto 1250 TR-G Touring Bike Signals Chinese Move to Large Capacity Bikes
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CFMoto 1250 TR-G
Atypical large touring bike from China uses 1279cc v-twin from KTM

The Chinese motorcycle industry has traditionally concentrated on copying small capacity bikes from the Western manufacturers for their huge home market, with only a few attempting to get a toe hold in the European and American markets.

This new bike from CFMoto, however, signals a new intention to penetrate further into those markets with a bike Europeans and Americans might actually want to buy.

CF Moto 1250 TR-G Touring Bike Signals Chinese Move to Large Capacity Bikes
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Did Anyone Say BMW?
There are distinct echoes of the BMW R1250RT in the lines and size

This is the new 1250 TR-G touring bike, powered by the 1279cc v-twin that does service in both road and adventure KTMs. CFMoto and KTM have an engineering and production partnership, so that comes as no surprise.

CFMoto claims a 105kW power output for the KTM V-twin engine, which equates to about 140bhp, which is less than KTM claim for the engine so undoubtedly, it has been de-tuned although, for what reason is not clear. 120Nm of torque is also quoted, so performance shouldn’t be a problem, de-tuned or not.

CF Moto 1250 TR-G Touring Bike Signals Chinese Move to Large Capacity Bikes
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Impressive Spec
Full colour TFT dash, Marzocchi suspension, Brembo brakes and Bosch cornering ABS

As you’d expect, the 1250TR-G follows the specification of rival KTMs closely, with a hydraulic wet slipper clutch, six-speed gearbox; electronic throttle; and four riding modes. However, these are called Sport, Street, Rain and ’Athletic’! If that latter is a track mode, it would seem rather superfluous for a touring bike!

At the moment, the bike rides on Marzocchi suspension but it wouldn’t be a stretch of imagination to see WP being used for the European market. Brembo handles the braking, aided by cornering ABS from Bosch. A dry weight of 304kg is quoted and the gas tank holds 23 litres of fuel.

CF Moto 1250 TR-G Touring Bike Signals Chinese Move to Large Capacity Bikes
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Panniers Standard
Dry weight of 304kg right on the money. Panniers standard but top box extra. 23-litre fuel capacity

The bike comes with panniers as standard and a top box is an option. As you might expect, the price is right! German magazine Motorrad predicts a price around $17,500, which undercuts rivals from BMW - and KTM! - comfortably. It might be running KTM mechanicals, but can the rest of the bike hold up in terms of quality of construction?

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Brembo Brakes
Top-spec stoppers linked to Bosch cornering ABS.

For that, we can only wait and see.

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
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Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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