CFMoto MT800 Adventure Design Patents Revealed
Modified On Dec 4, 2020 10:28 AM By Gaurav Sadanand
The MT800 is based on the same engine and chassis as KTM’s 790 Adventure
- Gets a large TFT dash with possible Bluetooth connectivity and navigation features.
- Expected to be powered by KTM's 799cc engine, rather than the 899cc unit.
- May be offered with both alloy and spoked wheels.
- The MT800 is expected to be offered worldwide.
After unveiling the massive 1250TR-G tourer for the Asian market, CFMoto is now shifting its focus to the all-new MT800 ADV. CFMoto has already filed patent images of the bike with the Chinese intellectual property authorities to prevent design infringement of any kind. KTM had revealed the bike’s existence in investor presentations earlier this year, however, launch plans were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The MT800 is designed as a road-biased ADV rather than an out-and-out off-roader. Moreover, it’ll come in a different state of tune despite using the same engine as the 790 Adventure. It also uses a sculpted seat and 19-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels which further highlight its touring abilities. Having said that, the crash bars around the radiator and the alloy skid plate under the engine should enable you to hit some light trails if need be. We believe CFMoto may also offer wire spoke wheels as an option since the MT800 prototypes have been spotted using them in China.
Even the fuel tank has a more traditional approach compared to the side-mounted fuel tanks on the 790 Adventure. The MT800 gets a simple large tank that gives it a bulky look. The overall styling is pretty conventional with a half fairing, a short beak and a tall, adjustable windscreen for wind protection. Illumination is taken care of by a split headlight and a pair of auxiliary lights that can be bought from the accessory catalogue. Then, of course, there are the pannier mounts which mean the bike can be fitted with pannier stays holding large, aluminium boxes.
KTM’s association with CFMoto isn’t just limited to the engine and chassis, it also extends to the hardware side of things. So we could expect the MT800 to come with WP forks and a monoshock, Bosch electronics and brakes from J.Juan. The bike's electronics could be controlled by what looks like a full TFT display which could get features like Bluetooth connectivity and navigation.
CFMoto may have to conquer certain perceptions that have been formed over the years regarding its build quality and reliability. However, its affiliation with KTM and the fact that it already builds the parallel-twin LC8c engine and complete bikes on behalf of KTM should overturn any apprehensions about it in the future. In terms of launch timelines, the CFMoto MT800 is expected to hit European and Japanese markets by early next year. The brand may then follow this up with an India launch by the end of 2021.