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CFMoto 450CL-C aims for the entry-level cruiser segment

Punchy parallel-twin and a low sticker price will get anyone’s attention

It has a low price, but the features aren't from the discount shelf. PHOTO FROM CFMOTO

Following the success of the 450SR sport bike and the 450NK naked bike, it was inevitable that a cruiser platform would make good use of CFMoto’s punchy parallel-twin. Called the 450CL-C, the cruiser is all about accessibility and style for riders who’ve longed for a cruiser that won’t break the bank.

As with its sportier brethren, a 449cc parallel-twin with a 270° crank resides in the frame, albeit tuned differently. Whereas the 450SR gets to use 49hp and 39Nm, the 450CL-C is tuned for more torque but less power: 40hp at 8,000rpm, and 42Nm at 6,250rpm. The six-speed gearbox benefits from a slipper clutch, and it uses a Gates belt drive, too. The teardrop-shaped tank holds 12L.

It looks ready for a bobber custom job. PHOTO FROM CFMOTO

An upside-down fork and a rear monoshock provide suspension duties, while J.Juan supplies the single 320mm front disc brake and the 220mm rear disc. ABS and traction control are standard. CST provides the tires: 130/90 R16 at the front, and 150/80 R16 at the back.

With a curb weight of only 181kg and a low seat height of just 690mm, many riders who haven’t been blessed with long inseams might find the CL-C to be an ideal fit.

Even with a surprisingly low introductory price of P287,900, the bike still has pleasant details to further entice you away from more expensive competitors like the Honda Rebel 500 (P379,000), the Kawasaki Eliminator (P360,000), the Kawasaki Vulcan 650 S (P415,000), or even the similarly China-sourced Bristol Bobber 650 (P398,000).

Look closer and you'll see '1989' stamped on the fuel filler cap—the year CFMoto was founded. PHOTO FROM CFMOTO
Single instrument pod has an analog speedometer with digital odometer, voltmeter, fuel level, and gear indicator. PHOTO FROM CFMOTO

The 450CL-C comes in matte ceramic paint with Nebula Black and Ruby Red options, and the knurled aluminum fuel filler cap is proudly stamped with “1989,” the year CFMoto was founded. More lovely details include the round LED headlamp, the pinstriped leather seat, and the over/under dual exhaust pipes.

You can order it in Ruby Red or Nebula Black. PHOTO FROM CFMOTO

While CFMoto may not yet have the heritage that long-standing cruiser brands are known for (and that endlessly capitalize on this longevity)—if the 450SR and the 450NK are engineering precedents to go by—then the 450CL-C may yet be another hit for the Chinese giant. Philippine distributor Motostrada is already taking orders.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.