CFMOTO engineers were tasked with elevating the Sports Racing ‘SR’ moniker from being solely associated with fun-orientated, beginner-friendly commuters to encompass track-focussed performance suitable for novices through to advanced track day riders.
To achieve this, a completely new compact 450cc parallel-twin cylinder DOHC engine was developed in-house. After testing multiple options, the engineers concluded that the 270° crankshaft angle offered exciting characteristics like a 90° V-Twin but with additional smoothness. Once they settled on the crankshaft design, the engineers matched it with a double balance shaft for superior power delivery, rider connection and vibration suppression.
Lightweight forged pistons and split connecting rods were also employed to enhance the engine’s responsiveness and improve durability under extreme track conditions.
An FCC slipper clutch was added to provide an exceptionally lighter clutch lever pull with a broad engagement range for greater confidence and comfort. The ‘slipper’ function aids in keeping the motorcycle steady during sharp downshifts by reducing back-torque, keeping the rear tyre from hopping, and locking up.
Combining slightly higher footrest positioning and lower clip-on handlebars compared to the 300SR results in a sportier riding position but not too aggressive to be detrimental for daily street riding.
The revised rider triangle allows the rider to efficiently ‘tuck in’ behind the fairing and screen with their elbows and knees integrating with the fuel tank.
Both clutch and brake levers feature adjustable span dials, enabling the rider to optimise the distance between the levers and the handlebar for consummate comfort and control.
The rider’s seat features a 45mm thick synthetic leather-wrapped cushion for enhanced comfort on longer stints. The standard 795mm seat height, combined with the seat’s narrow profile, promotes confidence in reaching the ground. Alternative 785mm and 815mm seats are available as genuine CFMOTO 450SR accessories for shorter and taller riders.
For controllable and track-worthy stopping power, the CFMOTO 450SR has been outfitted with a four-piston radially mounted Brembo M40 monobloc caliper with Ø32mm pistons matched with a single 320mm floating front brake disc. Rear braking duties are taken care of by a single-piston caliper paired with a 220mm disc.
The lightweight, one-piece BOSCH 9.1 Antilock Brake System (ABS) is the same unit found on the 800MT adventure tourer, featuring advanced settings for a more natural braking feel and secure activation.
The sports-oriented front and rear suspension deliver exceptional stability and controllability.
Up front, the CFMOTO 450SR is equipped with inverted front forks. Unlike the conventional front forks found on many competitors, inverted forks are lighter and stronger, offering superior compression and rebound damping, and improved support (hold-up) under hard braking.
Handling-wise, steering response and feedback to the rider is enhanced, resulting in less effort and greater confidence.
A rising-rate multi-link system (linkage) connects the rear shock instead of being bolted directly (non-link) to the swing arm providing improved bump absorption and greater control.
A 5-inch TFT curved display has a wealth of information available at a glance via an easy-to-read layout, including a shift indicator for perfectly timed gear changes.
It is equipped with CFMOTO’s advanced T-Box system that enables smartphone connection via Bluetooth and the CFMOTO RIDE App.
Through the CFMOTO RIDE App, the rider can access an array of features, including navigation; track lap times, ride history and statistics; remote vehicle status, including a fuel indicator; the ability to conduct over-the-air software updates; new security features, including movement sensors, vehicle location and even set up a virtual electric fence to alert you of vehicle movement or theft.
When on the move, a convenient USB port is included for charging devices, including smartphones.
|Engine type:||Liquid-cooled, four-stroke, parallel twin, DOHC, 270° crankshaft|
|Bore & stroke:||72mm x 55.2mm|
|Compression ratio:||11.5 : 1|
|Fuel system:||Bosch EFI (Euro 5)|
|Maximum power:||34.5kW / 10,000rpm|
|Maximum torque:||39.3Nm / 7,750rpm|
|Gearbox:||6-speed with CF-SC Slipper Clutch|
|Front suspension:||Ø37mm USD fork, 120mm travel|
|Rear suspension:||Multi-link central single rear shock, adjustable spring preload, 130mm travel|
|Front brake:||Brembo M40 4-piston radially mounted caliper, single 320mm floating disc|
|Rear brake:||Single-piston caliper, 220mm disc|
|Length x Width x Height:||1990mm x 735mm x 1130mm|
|Front tyre:||110/70 R17, CST ADRENO HS|
|Rear tyre:||150/60 R17, CST ADRENO HS|
|Colour:||Zircon Black or Nebula Black|