The middleweight adventure bike segment is arguably the most exciting category of motorcycles at the moment. Nearly all manufacturers have recently rolled out new or updated versions of their ADV bikes in the 650cc to 800cc range, and needless to say, consumers are spoiled for choice. When it comes to off-road focused machines, however, few bikes have ever been able to replicate the sheer exciting performance of the KTM 790 Adventure. That is, until now. Enter the CFMOTO 800MT.
It's no secret that the 800MT was developed by CFMOTO in partnership with KTM. In fact, for those unaware, the CFMOTO 800MT makes use of basically the same engine as the KTM 790 Adventure. That being said, there are a few key differentiating factors between these two bikes, with price, of course, being the biggest one. That said, just how different—and similar—are these two bikes, and which one is best for you? Read on to find out.
As for performance, both motorcycles share a rather similar power plant: a 799cc parallel-twin engine. This engine first made its debut in the KTM 790 Duke, and received worldwide acclaim for its peppy power, fuel efficiency, and distinct and aggressive growl. In the 790 Adventure, its slightly higher-strung, and pumps out an impressive 95 horsepower. This makes it one of the most powerful middleweight adventure bikes out there.
Meanwhile, the CFMOTO 800MT makes use of a nearly identical engine, albeit tuned slightly more conservatively. It’s no slouch, though, pumping out a healthy 90 horsepower. That said, the CFMOTO 800MT does miss out on some as-standard features the KTM comes with. Instead of fancy WP suspension, the CFMOTO comes with more basic KYB dampers, which, all things considered, are pretty good value for money.
When it comes to features, both bikes are pretty impressive. The CFMOTO 800MT, for starters, is by far the best-equipped model to ever come out of CFMOTO’s model range. It packs some thoroughly premium equipment such as a bidirectional quick-shifter, a steering damper, and even cruise control. Multiple riding modes, switchable traction control, and cornering ABS features can be toggled via the bike’s large, full-color TFT display.
The KTM has been the class-leader for quite some time now, and it's easy to see why. KTM has equipped the bike with the latest and greatest technology, including all the rider aids you could possibly dream of. The KTM 790 Adventure boasts multiple riding modes, switchable traction control, and even cornering ABS. A full-color TFT display makes it incredibly easy for the rider to access all the bike’s features. It edges ahead of the CFMOTO simply because of its more premium underpinnings consisting of an extremely lightweight frame, high-end suspension, and a tank design that lowers the bike’s center of gravity.
As for pricing, it’s clear that CFMOTO has the upper hand against KTM. With such a high volume of motorcycles being churned out, as well as lower production costs, its no surprise that CFMOTO is able to price its bikes so competitively. At just P515,000 for the Sport model, and P565,000 for the Touring variant complete with spoked wheels, the 800MT offers unbeatable value for its class.
Meanwhile, the KTM 790 Adventure offers a more established platform, and one that’s been proven successful in the world of racing. Its cutting edge features and premium components make its P699,000 price tag very much worth it, as well. Additionally, the KTM still has more aftermarket support at present, meaning those looking for a bike that can be tailored to suit their specific needs will have an easier time modifying and customizing the KTM 790 Adventure.