CFMoto recalls 700CL-X Sport over concerns with ABS software in European and US markets

The 700CL-X Sport is a cafe racer with neo-retro stylings. Based on KTM’s 790cc platform, it also uses the same LC8c engine that powers the 790 Duke. The 700CL-X is available in European and US markets at a price of around $7000, which at current conversion rates is around Rs 5.83 lakh.

Updated November 20, 2023 | 12:08 PM IST

CFMoto recalls 700CL-X Sport over concerns with ABS software in European and US markets

CFMoto has announced that it will be recalling its 2022 and 2023 700CL-X Sport motorcycles, which remain years in the European and US markets. The recall is over a software update that the motorcycle requires to mitigate excessive braking. “Customers to whom the affected motorcycles have been delivered are being personally informed by letter and are asked to contact an authorized CFMoto dealer immediately,” the press release said.

For the uninitiated, the CFMoto CL-X Sport is based on the same platform that also underpins the KTM 790 Duke. From the chrome-molybdenum alloy frame to the LC8c, 693cc, parallel-twin engine with DLC coating.

The 700CL-X was revealed for the first time to the world at the 2019 EICMA. Although powered by the same engine, in the 700CL-X it has been tuned to produce less power and torque at 74bhp and 66Nm of torque compared to the Duke’s 105bhp and 87Nm of torque.

The styling of the 700CL-X gets very aggressive stylings. X-elements around the headlight and taillight section give it a very aggressive appeal. The 700CL-X comes pre-equipped with ABS, ride-by-wire throttle, slipper clutch, cruise control, rollover sensor and ignition protection. Suspension duties are handled by KYB 41 mm Upside-Down forks and KYB single rear shock, both of which can be adjusted with 20 clicks

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The 700CL-X is available in three variants: CL-X Heritage, Sport and Adventure. The recall has been issued for the Sport model. All three 700CL-X models are made in the USA, and its distinct styling yet affordability makes it a very compelling option for the likes of the Scrambler and R Nine-T.