Just How Capable Is The New CFMoto 450SR As Compared To The KTM RC 390 & Kawasaki Ninja 400? - story fullscreen Fullscreen

Just How Capable Is The New CFMoto 450SR As Compared To The KTM RC 390 & Kawasaki Ninja 400?

The top two names in the entry-level sportbike space take on the new kid on the block. Here is a detailed specification comparison

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The entry-level sportbike category is a competitive space, yet CFMoto has stepped into it with their all-new 450SR, aiming to take on established players such as the KTM RC 390 and Kawasaki Ninja 400.

Wondering how well the 450SR fares against these two? Well, here’s a spec comparison between the three bikes to help paint a picture.

CFMoto 450SR vs KTM RC 390 vs Kawasaki Ninja 400 - Engine

Specification CFMoto 450SR KTM RC 390 Kawasaki Ninja 400
Engine 449cc, twin-cylinder engine 373cc, single-cylinder engine 399cc, twin-cylinder engine
Power (hp) 50 43 49
Torque (lb-ft) 28.7 27.2 28
Gearbox Six-speed Six-speed Six-speed
Weight (lbs) 370 ~365 366
Just How Capable Is The New CFMoto 450SR As Compared To The KTM RC 390 & Kawasaki Ninja 400?
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Even though the RC and 450SR have similar setups, the RC offers adjustability on the front suspension, giving it the win

As expected, the CFMoto 450SR has a clear advantage here. Thanks to its bigger engine, the 450SR not only makes more peak power but also puts out the most torque in this lot.

There’s nothing to compare in terms of weight as all bikes weigh around the 370-pound mark. This, however, means the 450SR ends up with the best power-to-weight ratio, giving it the overall win for now.

CFMoto 450SR vs KTM RC 390 vs Kawasaki Ninja 400 - Underpinnings

Specification CFMoto 450SR KTM RC 390 Kawasaki Ninja 400
Front suspension USD forks USD forks Telescopic forks
Rear suspension Monoshock Monoshock  Monoshock
Front brake 320mm disc 320mm disc 310mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc 230mm disc 220mm disc
Seat height (inch) 30.9 32.4 30.9
Just How Capable Is The New CFMoto 450SR As Compared To The KTM RC 390 & Kawasaki Ninja 400?
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Where the RC prevails, though, is in terms of its underpinnings and top drawer hardware

One look at the table and it’s safe to say the Kawasaki Ninja 400 feels the least premium here, as it gets the smallest front disc and misses out on upside-down forks (USD).

The other two bikes, though, are quite closely matched with a lot in common. However, the KTM surpasses the 450SR, thanks to its bigger rear disc and more premium as well as adjustable USD forks.

To claw back some ground, the Ninja and the 450SR both offer lower seat heights, making them more accessible than their Austrian rival.

CFMoto 450SR vs KTM RC 390 vs Kawasaki Ninja 400 - Features

Feature CFMoto 450SR KTM RC 390 Kawasaki Ninja 400
TFT instrument cluster Yes Yes No
Smartphone connectivity Yes Yes No
All-LED lights Yes Yes Only headlight and tail lamp
Aerodynamic wings Yes No No
Adjustable seat height Yes No No
Quickshifter No Yes No
Traction control No Yes No
Slipper clutch Yes Yes Yes
Dual-channel ABS Yes Yes Yes
Just How Capable Is The New CFMoto 450SR As Compared To The KTM RC 390 & Kawasaki Ninja 400?
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Want more details? Well, we’ve also compared the features and pricing for all three bikes

With standout features like a quickshifter and traction control, the KTM RC 390 trumps its rivals here fairly effortlessly. Closely behind it is the CFMoto 450SR, which offers a couple of standouts itself. While the aerodynamic winglets only work post 75mph, the adjustable seat height feature is a game-changer for short riders.

In last place, once again, is the Kawasaki Ninja 400. It misses out on a fully digital instrument cluster, all-LED lights, and smartphone connectivity. The Ninja only offers the basics such as a slipper clutch and dual-channel ABS.

CFMoto 450SR vs KTM RC 390 vs Kawasaki Ninja 400 - Price

CFMoto 450SR KTM RC 390 Kawasaki Ninja 400
Price ~$4760 $5799 $5599
Just How Capable Is The New CFMoto 450SR As Compared To The KTM RC 390 & Kawasaki Ninja 400?
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CFMoto has entered the cut-throat small sportbike segment and we’re pitting it against the KTM RC 390 and the Kawasaki Ninja 400 to see just how capable it is


This is where the CFMoto 450SR truly trumps the KTM RC 390 and the Kawasaki Ninja 400, as it undercuts both motorcycles by a decent margin, coming out as the most value-for-money bike here.

Just How Capable Is The New CFMoto 450SR As Compared To The KTM RC 390 & Kawasaki Ninja 400?
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However, it is closely matched by the Kawasaki Ninja 400 (49hp and 28Nm). Meanwhile, the RC 390 has the smallest engine and consequently, the least power

Do note that this is the reported Chinese price of the 450SR and it’ll probably be much closer to the RC 390 and the Ninja 400 if and when CFMoto brings it here.

Still, there are no two ways to it, that the 450SR is more than capable of taking on both these bikes and even trumping them in more than one category. Not to mention, it looks utterly gorgeous and will turn heads, no matter where you decide to take it.

Punya Sharma
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