In June, CFMOTO introduced the 450 NK in its home country of China. Just last Friday, August 11, 2023, the new naked bike was introduced in the Philippines, as well. The 450 NK is set to take the place of the well-received 400 NK, presenting a noteworthy advancement in design and performance over the brand's popular model in the region. The Chinese manufacturer maintained the availability of the 400 NK and its larger variant, the 650 NK, in the Philippines for quite some time. However, the introduction of the 800 NK marked the transition of the naked bike lineup into the next generation.
Derived from the 450 SR, the fresh naked sportbike incorporates the engine, much of the geometry, and an identical frame to the sportbike model. Its direct competition includes prominent Japanese counterparts like the Kawasaki Z400 and the Honda CB500F, as well as lightweight offerings from European manufacturers such as the KTM 390 Duke and the Husqvarna 401 series. With this release, CFMOTO seems to possess a significant advantage. The motorcycle's aesthetic draws parallels to the 800 NK, characterized by a novel headlamp design, a more aggressive set of fairings, a daring color palette, and a tail section akin to the concept seen in the 300 and 450 SS models. Due to its smaller dimensions compared to the 800 NK, the design attributes have been proportionally scaled down to harmonize with the overall size of the motorcycle.
In terms of its engine, the 450 NK closely follows the footsteps of its larger sibling, the 800 NK, by adopting a parallel-twin engine with a similar firing order. Similarly, the 450 NK's engine shares similarities with the 450 SR, both utilizing a 270-degree crankshaft configuration. This powerplant delivers a maximum output of 46.9 horsepower and 39 Newton meters of torque. The engine's specifications include a bore and stroke measurement of 77 by 55.2 millimeters. Its total displacement is precisely 449cc, and it is coupled with a six-speed transmission equipped with a slipper clutch mechanism.
Handling the suspension duties is KYB, with an inverted telescopic fork at the front and a central mono-shock at the rear. Braking performance is ensured by a 320-millimeter single disc equipped with a J.Juan four-piston caliper for the front brakes. The rear braking system consists of a 220mm single disc paired with a single-piston caliper. CFMOTO has also incorporated standard anti-lock brakes for enhanced safety. Furthermore, the motorcycle features traction control as part of its electronic package.
This motorcycle is offered in three color variations: Zephyr Blue, Nebula Black, and Nebula White. The price for this bike has been pegged at P262,800, making it an affordable option for those looking for a lightweight and sporty naked bike. It’s important to note that this bike is the successor to the massively popular 400 NK, so yes, CFMOTO will be discontinuing the 400 NK.