Should have guessed that CFMoto would follow its 450 SR sportbike with a naked NK variant and sure enough, it is on its way. The bike that started out as the SR-C21 shown in Eicma 2021 (image courtesy of MCN) looks like it will come to fruition either later this year or early 2024 as the NK (naked) 450.
With value pricing for the SR sportbike at $8790, we’d expect the 450 NK to dot down here at a bit over $8k and give other quick LAMS machines, like the Z400 ($9950), some stern competition.
The 450 NK will essentially be the same mechanically as the SR variant, borrowing its powertrain, chassis, suspension and even some bodywork.
The liquid-cooled injected parallel twin with a 270-degree crankshaft will pump out 37kW at 10,000 rpm and 39Nm at 7750rpm, like the SR version. Power and weight (175kg wet) are similar to those of the Z400.
Despite undercutting the main opposition on price, it comes with suspension by KYB, including upside-down forks, a radial-mount J Juan (Brembo) four-piston front brake calliper and a 320mm rotor along with a five-inch colour TFT dash. Topping it off is smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth, permitting navigation.
The steel frame and cast aluminum swingarm are shared with the 450 SR, as are the seat and tail bodywork. CFMoto has redesigned the fuel tank for the NK, and there are separate body panels that extend forward from the tank to each side of the fork. That LED headlight is Y-shaped, and the front fender below features a V-shaped upper surface, presumably for aeros and aesthetics. A faux-carbon cowl either side shrouds the radiator’s edges while a two-piece belly section protects the engine’s oil pan.
Length and wheelbase are the same as the 450 SR but the NK’s handlebars sit wider and higher. The footpegs are new, mounted lower and further forward than the sportbike’s for a more upright riding position.
Expect an official unveiling soon with production bikes here by year end or early in 2024.
CFMoto is undergoing a distributor change locally, with Forbes and Davies taking over from Australian concern mojomotorcycles.