CFMoto could soon be expanding its engine sizes with a 700cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine and KTM’s first-generation 990cc LC8 engine.
Images from the Chinese company’s patent application have leaked showing the 700cc engine which is expected to replace the current 650cc units.
The company has close ties with KTM, making their bikes in China for the domestic market and using the same designing house, Kiska.
CFMoto are not only expanding engine capacities but also expanding production.
They are building a joint factory wth KTM in China, producing more than half a million bikes a year.
From 2021, the factory will make all KTM models powered by the new 799cc parallel-twin for the world market.
Now CFMoto has also bought the rights to use their old LC8 engines in models for the Asian market.
The leaked 700cc patent images also show the bikes will have a new tubular steel frame, aluminium swingarm, upside-down forks and rising-rate monoshock rear shock mounted on the swingarm rather than a direct-action setup as on the current 650cc line-up.
The 649cc engine delivers 52kW of power, while the 700cc is expected to deliver up to 60kW.
CFMoto Australia boss Michael Poynton says he doesn’t know “too much at this point in time about the 700cc platform”.
“Like always, there will be some new motorcycles released by CFMoto at EICMA later this year but I am unsure on what these will be,” he says.
The only problem with the new models is that they would no longer be learner-approved like the current range of 650cc and 400cc models.