Nowadays, it's very obvious that the entire neo-retro fad is more than simply a craze. Retro fashion will always be in vogue, if there is one thing we can be sure of. The current generation of retro-style naked sportbikes, scramblers, and cafe-racers is proof of that claim. The CFMOTO 700 CL-X Sport and the Kawasaki Z650RS are the two well-known bikes that will be featured in today's comparison. Despite the fact that you may initially assume that the Chinese retro-style motorcycle and the Japanese classic roadster are very different from one another, they are actually quite similar.
The CFMOTO 700 CL-X Sport and Kawasaki Z650RS essentially use the same methodology. Both vehicles are twin-cylinder middleweight neo-retro road motorcycles. Both motorcycles are undoubtedly head-turners and have practically identical power numbers. Without further ado, let's examine the specifications, abilities, and cost of these two motorcycles in more detail and decide which one will fit your needs the best.
With one of its newest engines, CFMOTO has unquestionably impressed in terms of performance. The new 693cc parallel-twin engine uses electronic fuel injection, a 180-degree crankshaft, and four valves per cylinder. This results in a power output of 73.5 horsepower and 68 Nm of torque for the 700 CL-X Sport. This powerful engine is paired with a slipper clutch-equipped six-speed manual gearbox.
On the other corner, we find the Kawasaki Z650RS boasting a decades-old, tried and tested engine. With a parallel-twin configuration and a 180-degree crankshaft, this engine is the same one found in a variety of other Kawasakis, including the Z650, Ninja 650, Versys 650, and Vulcan S. Indeed, this engine is featured in so many bikes because it’s practical, affordable, economical, and pumps out a respectable amount of power at 67 horsepower at 8,000 rpm. Sure, it may not be the liveliest, punchiest motor, but it’s certainly one of the most reliable in its class.
It is very obvious who the winner of the two is in terms of features. The CFMOTO 700 CL-X Sport has essentially included every item on the list. Full-LED lighting, a digital instrument panel, riding modes, and dual-channel ABS are included with the bike as standard features. Even more luxury features like cruise control and self-canceling turn signals were added by CFMOTO, as if that wasn't already high-end enough. Standard features include a KYB inverted front fork, a rear monoshock with preload and damping adjustment, and swanky Brembo monoblock calipers.
On the other hand, the Kawasaki Z650RS provides a more laid-back, basic riding experience. The Z650RS provides a thrilling, exhilarating ride despite lacking any flashy electronics. However, it has LED lighting, including a DRL, as well as a digital instrument panel. Naturally, it includes dual-channel ABS for sure stops in all weather. However, it has very simple underpinnings, so if you don't mind having conventional telescopic forks, axial calipers, and no fancy electronics, this bike could be right for you.
It's very obvious that CFMOTO also has the advantage in terms of pricing. The 700 CL-X Sport costs P399,800, which is significantly less than the Z650RS's suggested retail price of P469,000. Even yet, it has improved performance, additional features, and a lovably vintage design. Because of this, the 700 CL-X Sport is the undisputed champ for anybody seeking a cost-effective, performance-focused alternative and who is willing to take a chance on some of the more recent products on the market. However, if heritage and style all bundled up in an ultra reliable package is what you’re looking for, then you can’t go wrong with the Z650RS. As mentioned, it’s built on one of the most solid foundations in the world of motorcycling, and is built to stand the test of time.