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CFMoto’s new 450NK spells big trouble for the entry-level class

Aggressively styled with a killer price tag

An affordable big bike that looks the business. PHOTO FROM CFMOTO

After the successful launch of the impressive CFMoto 450SR, which we declared a worthy contender for the entry-level sport bike market, here’s an even more significant entry: the newly launched 450NK (for “naked,” we suppose).

Aside from using the same 449cc parallel-twin that generates 47hp and 39Nm, it also has a 270° crankshaft for a pleasing delivery of low-end torque and a characterful burble. Just like with the 450SR, it has a six-speed transmission with a slipper clutch. There’s no quickshifter, but our experience with the 450SR showed that the gearbox shifts quickly and cleanly and is a joy to rev-match.

That face gives us the Balrog feels. PHOTO FROM CFMOTO

A lightweight cro-moly frame and less bodywork than its sport-bike sibling contribute to a svelte 165kg (dry) curb weight, 3kg lighter than the SR. It’s fitted with a nonadjustable USD fork and central rear shock aside from the usual preload, and the cast alloy wheels are shod with CST CM-S1 tires (110/70 front and 150/60 rear). The brakes are J.Juan, and with ABS (naturally).

All-LED lighting and a 4.5-inch TFT dash spruce up the bike, and there’s even smartphone connectivity for handling calls as well as real-time data using the CFMoto Ride app. Ground clearance of 192mm and a seat height of 795mm make it accessible for many riders who aren’t blessed with long inseams, too. The tank holds 14L of 95-octane fuel or higher.

Nice, symmetrical lines. Aggressive face. Just enough of a racy vibe. PHOTO FROM CFMOTO

Best of all is the price: just P262,800 for now. With plenty of entry-level big bikes in the P250,000-P350,000 price bracket like the KTM 390 Duke, the Husqvarna Svartpilen/Vitpilen 401, the Royal Enfield Scram 411, and the Kawasaki Z400, the 400NK has both that “new bike” advantage plus a very compelling price tag.

Three colors to choose from. PHOTO FROM CFMOTO

Three colors are currently available: Nebula Black, Zephyr Blue, and Nebula White. Looks like Motostrada has another winner in its CFMoto lineup.

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.