AMW Motorcycles claims that CFMoto 300NK has an Austrian design language
Chinese motorcycle manufacturer CFMoto is gearing up for the launch of two motorcycles in the Indian market. The CFMoto 300NK and 650NK will be the first duo to land on the Indian shores. With these bikes, CFMoto will mark the official entry into the country.
Designwise, CFMoto 300NK does feel like a highly modified Duke. However, with minimal body panels, the naked bike oozes presence of raw power and youthful performance. The headlamp is full LED unit and other lights like turn indicators and tail light are also LED units. 300Nk comes with split seats with 795 mm seat height. This will prove to be comfortable for short riders as well.
Powering CFMoto 300Nk is a liquid-cooled, 292cc single-cylinder, fuel injected, 4-valve engine. This powerplant pumps out respectable 33.5bhp at 8800rpm and about 27Nm twisting force at 7200rpm. The global CFMoto website delivers confusing information of 20.5Nm which is very low for an engine of this capacity. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
We are expecting the bike to launch under Rs 2.5 lakh mark as Honda CB300R and Duke 390 make their presence felt in that particular price range. KTM Duke 250, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 1.95 lakh ex-showroom.
When compared to Honda CB300R, 300NK makes more power at 33.5 bhp and is 4 kg heavier at 151 kg. The performance gap will be quite less in this comparo. But, as you all know, Hondas are known for their bullet-proof reliability and the Honda machines can live with you all life long. So, CFMoto does not stand a chance against Honda’s reliability.
The Chinese company can only play the price game and can launch their bikes at a significant low cost. CFMoto 300NK, if priced at Rs 2.0 to Rs 2.20 lakh ex-showroom, can bring some sales to the company (if they are expecting to sell some bikes in India). Still, if you take a closer look at the KTM Duke 250, it is a fantastic product at the price point and offers killer performance.
CFMoto will launch 300NK and 650NK in July 2019 followed by 650MT (Tourer) and 650GT (Sports Tourer) later in the year. The company has established a manufacturing plant near Bangalore in a joint venture with AMW group. The bikes will be brought in India CKD route and will assemble here.
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