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CFMOTO 450SR Races Into Australian Dealerships

April will see CFMOTO’s learner legal 450SR land in Australian dealerships. Priced from a super competitive $7,990 ride away, the 450SR will be available in two liveries and backed by a factory 3 year warranty.

CFMOTO Australia is delighted to announce a special launch promotion for the all-new 450SR, which will run until April 30, 2023. Customers who pre-order and place a $500 deposit during the promotion period will receive over $650 worth of free Genuine CFMOTO 450SR accessories with their motorcycle delivery.

An exciting new addition to CFMOTO’s street range, the 450SR is set to shake things up in the Australian LAMS sports segment, upon its arrival in April.

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2023 CFMOTO 450SR
2023 CFMOTO 450SR

Purposely designed to deliver the performance of a premium Supersports motorcycle, the 450SR is set to redefine the mid-capacity sports segment with its fusion of golden engine displacement, wind tunnel-developed aesthetics, race-derived components, and advanced intelligence.

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.

A completely new compact 450cc parallel-twin cylinder DOHC engine was developed in-house to achieve this. After testing multiple options, the engineers concluded that the 270° crankshaft angle offered exciting characteristics like a 90° V-Twin but with additional smoothness.

2023 CFMOTO 450SR
2023 CFMOTO 450SR

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.

The 450SR’s exquisite styling was meticulously perfected through extensive aerodynamic wind tunnel testing, which saw more than twenty design optimisations assessed over thirty hours of aero simulations.

2023 CFMOTO 450SR
2023 CFMOTO 450SR

The SR line’s signature split front face line cowling design was carefully sculpted with enlarged grooves to minimise drag-loses and encloses a pair of flowing LED headlights with exclusive lighting animation evoking an aggressive gaze.

GP racing-derived aerodynamic winglets enhance stability by providing 1.6 times downforce at higher speeds. The front indicators have been integrated within the rear-view mirrors for a streamlined appearance. The mirrors also automatically retract upon impact, either by being hit or during a fall, to help avoid additional injury.

The 450SR is not just another standard commuter motorcycle with a striking fairing kit bolted on; it’s a performance-orientated motorcycle to the core. The high-strength, lightweight chromium-molybdenum alloy steel frame weighs less than 11kg, offering superior stability and comfort with agile handling characteristics.

2023 CFMOTO 450SR
2023 CFMOTO 450SR

The removable subframe weighs less than 4kg, is lighter than standard welded designs and is easily replaceable in the event of a crash.The machine also sports a lightweight swingarm and high-strength aluminium alloy wheels (front 110/70R17 & rear 150/60R17) with a unique 6-spoke design.

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.

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 accessories for shorter and taller riders.

2023 CFMOTO 450SR
2023 CFMOTO 450SR

Track day enthusiasts will appreciate the 450SR’s ability to change between the standard road-shift pattern and the reverse GP-shift by simply changing the position of the linkage rod. GP-Shift allows for slightly quicker upshifts and slower, more controlled downshifts with improved balance when cornering, especially when needing to shift while at lean on the track.

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 sports-oriented front and rear suspension deliver exceptional stability and controllability. Up front, the 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.

2023 CFMOTO 450SR
2023 CFMOTO 450SR

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.

For controllable and track-worthy stopping power, the 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.

2023 CFMOTO 450SR
2023 CFMOTO 450SR

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.

There’s a choice between two contemporary liveries – Nebula Black with Pearl White and Tosca Green accents or Zircon Black with Velocity Grey and Red accents.

2023 CFMOTO 450SR
2023 CFMOTO 450SR

Customers can pre-order through an authorised CFMOTO motorcycle dealership, over the phone or online via a new dedicated microsite – cfmoto450sr.com.au – with a simple step-by-step build process that allows customers to nominate additional accessories they’d like to include on their 450SR over and above the free items already included in the launch offer.

 

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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