“I haven’t received technical details yet from CFMoto,” he told us.
Well, now he has.
It will be powered by the largest-capacity motorcycle engine not only in CFMoto’s 30-year history, but also China’s motorcycle manufacturing history.
The CF1250 will be powered by a 1278cc V-twin producing 105kW (140hp) of power and 120Nm of torque.
It is basically a heavily re-engineered version of KTM’s LC8 V-twin, manufactured under licence.
CFMoto and KTM have had a long association with the Chinese manufacturer producing small-capacity KTM bikes for the local market for several years.
The CF1250 will not only have their biggest engine, but also the world’s biggest colour TFT dash with a 12.3-inch screen.
This bike is part of a model assault into new segments planned by the Chinese company in partnership with KTM, starting with the 700CL-X early next year.
CFMoto have just opened a new office and research and development building in Hangzhou and later this year will commission their new 150,000sqm high-tech factory. It has a potential production capacity of 50,000 larger-capacity (790cc-plus) motorcycles a year.
Company chairman and owner Lai Guogui says they wanted to demonstrate their capability with larger-displacement models.
“While other companies in the domestic Chinese powersports industry were developing 125/150cc bikes, CFMoro was making our 650NK model, on which we are already on to the second generation,” he says.
“And while other companies are developing 250/300/400cc bikes, CFMoto is developing a 1000cc-plus bike.”
In Australia, the Chinese company has sold more than 25,000 vehicles since it debuted in 2005 through its Australian-owned distributor, Mojo Motorcycles. They now have more than 80 dealers.
They have also increased their two-year warranty to three years for all CFMoto motorcycles bought until the end of the year.