CFMoto 800 Adventura: New KTM Powered ADV Bike Arrives in the US

In 2021 we reported that Chinese manufacturing giant CFMoto was set to release an 800cc bike with adventure bike aesthetics and KTM parts, including the liquid-cooled 799cc LC8c parallel twin from the Austrian manufacturer. And worldwide this new bike is gone, like the 800MT Sport and 800MT Touring versions, with little word on when or if we might get access to it in North America.

Well, the word has officially arrived, and soon these CFMoto machines will follow, arriving in US dealerships early next year as the 2023 model year 800 Adventura Street and Adventura Terrain – a name change in America. North necessary to avoid stepping on the bare sport Yamaha MT series.

CFMoto 800 Adventura arrives in the United States
Cornering ABS is a first for a Chinese model, says CFMoto. Other features include traction control, drive modes and more.

Much of the bike is as we originally reported. To refresh, KTM has long been involved with Chinese CFMoto, with the Austrian giant, trading information on its mechanical technologies and quality control systems in exchange for access to the manufacturing facilities and global supply chain of CFMoto. Nothing sinister here. In fact, KTM’s return on investment trickles down directly to the consumer by controlling prices, and on the other hand, CFMoto’s customers buy a better quality product.

CFMoto 800 Adventura arrives in the United States
The Adventura Street version is fitted with 19/17-inch cast wheels. Standard features on both models include cruise control, LED headlights, fog lights; 7″ TFT display, electronic throttle, riding modes and more.

While CFMoto has worked with Kawasaki for many years to create shared-genetics models, the 800 Adventura models mark its first physical manifestation of its joint venture with KTM to reach the states. Yet at the same time, the new bike doesn’t look like a KTM at all. There’s the engine, of course, deliberately reset to 2021 just as KTM switched to the current factory 890cc for its North American Adventure series, and a familiar steel tube frame, although the Adventura uses a unique aluminum swingarm system.

The silhouette of the CFMoto 800 Adventura indicates that I am an adventure bike, although it is clear that these models are more street-oriented than dirt-oriented machines. The power output of the LC8c engine puts forward a very useful 95 horsepower at 9000 rpm and 56.8 lb-ft. of torque at 7500 rpm.

CFMoto 800 Adventura arrives in the United States
The Terrain Edition adds wire wheels, a two-way quick shifter, tire pressure monitoring system, heated grips and a heated seat.

The wheelsets for both models, street cast and field spoke, are 19/17 inches. Instead of the leggy WP suspension found on KTM’s middleweight adventure bikes (9.4 inches of travel front and rear), CFMoto opted for an economical KYB inverted fork offering 6.3 inches of adjustable travel, while a single adjustable rear shock gives 5.9 inches. had the chance to ride the new 800 Adventura Terrain on a closed, paved course ahead of its official US launch and came away feeling great. There are many sophisticated technologies, including standard ABS and Bosch cornering ABS to regulate J.Juan front twin 320mm discs with opposed 4-piston radial calipers and single 260mm disc with floating caliper at 2 pistons at the rear.

CFMoto 800 Adventura arrives in the United States
A 7-inch TFT screen provides access to riding modes, Bluetooth connectivity for pairing a smartphone and a host of other features.

Cruise control is also standard, along with traction control and two electronic riding modes (Rain and Sport), which are switched via a 7-inch color TFT display. Both models also provide USB and 12V DC outlets and feature LED lighting and fog lights. The mid-height windshields above the pinched beaks appear to be the same size on both machines, and a knobby plastic manual knob suggests adjustment.

The Terrain Edition adds wire wheels, a two-way quick shifter, tire pressure monitoring system, heated grips and a heated driver’s seat. Although not in the specs, we can see from the marketing photos that the Terrain is featured with a skid plate and hand guards.

CFMoto 800 Adventura arrives in the United States
Seat height is reported at 825 mm (32.5 inches).

The Adventura models are CFMoto’s largest displacement motorcycles to make it to the United States and also seem to offer a new level of quality. From fit and finish, the tester who rode the Terrain went so far as to call its paint and aesthetics a cut above KTM.

And of its performance, the journalist called it “as capable and composed as the old 790 Adventure, while exhibiting none of the weird peccadilloes we’ve come to expect from other Chinese motorcycles over the years.” Though we should keep in mind that this test was on a closed, paved course, and the Adventura will look nothing like a 790 Adventure when it hits dirt.

CFMoto 800 Adventura arrives in the United States

Although CFMoto has been introducing ATVs to the US market for some time, its drive to introduce its motorcycles through a rapidly expanding dealer network just began this year. The effort is moving so fast in fact, that you may have already seen some of the 7 models already sold here, including a leaning 650 Adventura sport-touring.

CFMoto 800 Adventura arrives in the United States

Traditionally the most appealing thing about Chinese products has been the price, but in this case KTM’s involvement adds a bit of value, making the $9,499 for the Street model (before freight and assembly) seem like a good deal. The Terrain touring version starts at $10,499. Color choices for the Street are Nebula Black or Twilight Blue while the Terrain is only available in the Twilight Blue pattern.

To locate a dealership or learn more about the bikes, side-by-sides and quads CFMoto is bringing to America, check out its US website.

CFMoto Adventure 800 specifications

Engine: 2 cylinders in line, liquid-cooled parallel, 8 valves, DOHC
Shift: 799cc
Bore x stroke: 88mm × 65.7mm (3.5″ × 2.6″)
Maximum energy: 95 hp at 9000 rpm
Maximum torque: 56.8 ft-lbs. @ 7500 rpm
Fuel system: EFI Bosch®
Transmission: 6-speed CF-SC slipper clutch
LxWxH: 88″ x 34″ x 50″
Wheelbase: 60.3″
Seat height : 32.5″
Fuel capacity: 5 gal.
Unloaded weight : 509 pounds.
Suspension: Front: 6.3″ wheel travel; Inverted telescopic KYB fork, adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping; Rear: 5.9″ wheel travel; Single shock, adjustable damping, KYB;
Brakes: Front: Double disc, J.Juan, radial fixed caliper; Rear: Single disc, J.Juan
ABS: Standard ABS and Cornering ABS
Rim (front/rear): 19″/17″ Aluminum alloy
Colors: Street: Nebula Black, Twilight Blue. Terrain: twilight blue.

Photos by CFMoto

Author: Jamie Elvidge

Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for over 30 years, testing the full range of motorcycles for major print magazines and specializing in stories related to adventure travel. To date, she has written and provided photography for articles describing what it is like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her toughest adventure to date was participating in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as an embedded reporter for Team AusAmerica.

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