Talk to anyone who tests motorcycles across all categories, from big ADVs to entry-level sportbikes to baggers, and you’re likely to hear that there are really no truly bad bikes on the market. The issue with this sentiment is that it typically applies to the major Japanese, European, and American OEMs. Mention China and you’ll find many people embrace the long-standing mindset that the products are garbage, especially those with unproven engines amid dominating competitors.
Hangzhou-based CFMoto, a company known primarily for its CFORCE ATVs and ZFORCE side-by-sides, is out to change this stigma. They have a new lineup of motorcycles, highlighted by the 700CL-X naked that’s available in two flavors, the standard base and the retro-themed Sport. This stigma-removal movement is in full swing at its stateside division, CFMoto USA, located in Plymouth, Minnesota. CFMoto is all-in on two-wheel action; back in October, the company announced a lineup of seven motorcycles for 2022, with an eighth to be announced August 1. These bikes have already been launched overseas, but are new to the stateside audience.