Chinese CF Moto looks at entering the big game
Concept showcased sees a liter-class naked on the prowlby Sagar, on
CFMoto officially arrived in the American market in 2010 boasting a truly unique and innovative product range including rugged ATVs, sporty motorcycles, and stylish scooters. The most recent addition to their onslaught are the sharply-styled 650NK roadster and 650MT adventure tourer that was co-designed by ’Kiska Design’, the same chaps that also draw the KTM machines.
Now, the Chinese are upping their game to the next level. Showcased at an event in China, the new V.02-NK concept is its answer to challenge the world’s top dogs in the naked segment. This is a huge leap forward for CFMoto and makes use of a V-twin motor that has ’greater displacement’ than anything else in the model line-up.
Likely to be using the same powerplant as seen on the KTM RC8, the V-Twin motor will have enough grunt to put the capacity way over the 1000cc. And if it anywhere close to the one used on the Super Duke R, expect that number to go up to 1301 cc. That is a huge bump compared to the 650cc mill that runs on the company’s current flagship.
We know that KTM and CF Moto have entered into a joint venture to develop new models and platform, apart from Kiska Design designing them for both firms. So the likelihood of this V.02-NK concept running on KTM’s top-spec machine may not be a surprise after all.
While not many details have surfaced, the images show us of the VL.02’s top-spec equipment list and modern design elements. Its got a single-sided swingarm and an under-seat radiator that sucks in volumes of air viaducts on either side of the bike.
Ohlins USD forks upfront and monoshock at the rear keep the seriousness alive along with the Brembo calipers clutched onto carbon brakes. The bodywork design is very much from Kiska and has used the part-steel-trellis, part-aluminum frame rather fine.
Many of them, however, will not make it to the production model - carbon brakes, under-seat radiator, and definitely not that under-belly exhaust unit. But if it needs to challenge the liter-class nakeds, it will have the Ohlins and Brembo equipment still on and the single-sided swingarm. Expect the bodywork to get de-tuned but still manage to have an edgy appeal.