2024 CFMOTO 450NK (bike review)

A learner approved naked bike, the 2024 CFMOTO 450NK represents incredible value, and features sharp lines, and a uniquely styled LED headlight. With aggressive looks, it’s the latest addition to a platform that supports three other models.

The first of these was the 450SR, launched locally last year in Albury, with the duo set to be joined shortly by the 450MT adventure bike and 450 CLC cruiser. A well built and assembled bike, the CFMOTO offering is quiet an attractive package.

Out on the road the 450NK’s engine is the star of the show. A 449cc parallel-twin, DOHC engine features a 270-degree crankshaft, delivering 37kW of power and 39Nm of torque. That’s matched to a 6-speed gearbox featuring a slipper clutch.

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It’s useable and punchy enough to have fun for more experienced riders, while still being user friendly and confidence inspiring for new riders. CFMOTO claims a top speed of 178km/h and although we didn’t test that, it feels very willing cruising at freeway speeds.

2024 CFMOTO 450NK
2024 CFMOTO 450NK

It also pulls out of twisty sections of road quite nicely, even with yours truly’s 100kg frame onboard. The CFMOTO 450NK offers a firm ride, which is something we don’t particularly mind.

The front suspension features a 37mm upside down fork which allows 130mm of travel for the front wheel. On the rear is a single shock, which matches the travel allowed on the front, ensuring the 450NK is firmer on the road.

This might well be a little exaggerated by the hard riding seat setup, which means you feel every bump as you whack your plums into the fuel tank (at least if you’re a guy). An upright riding triangle provides a relaxed position to pilot the 450NK too.

All controls are within easy reach, and as far as hand controls go, there is nothing overly complicated for learner riders to be distracted by. All buttons are easy to engage with a simple touch.

2024 CFMOTO 450NK
2024 CFMOTO 450NK

The 5.0-inch curved TFT display looks schmick, especially at this price point, with support for navigation projection, and the innovative T-Box that enables seamless vehicle-phone connectivity, along with over-the-air (OTA) upgrades, security, and anti-theft functions.

It also means you can record track times, and view bike information in real-time through the CFMOTO RIDE app. That very application brings us to an amusing little anecdote about just how well it works.

You see, yours truly picked up this particular bike from another media outlet, and said publication had the app connected on the phone. We didn’t bother setting it up and some boyhood enthusiasm took over on our ride back to the office.

What followed was a phone call from them to tell us just how briskly we’d accelerated and what top speed we’d achieved (within the posted speed limits of course). The conversation continued, with the previous reviewer able to identify exactly where we’d parked.

2024 CFMOTO 450NK
2024 CFMOTO 450NK

We’re not going to speculate what the Chinese manufacturer does with all that data, but it’s fair to say it’s genuinely impressive and surely goes some way in reducing insurance premiums – given its sheer security capability.

Now back to the 450NK. Stopping the 165kg fully-fuelled CFMOTO is a single 320mm floating disc on the front, matched to a J.Juan radial calliper. The brakes are adequate but could have done with a little more bite (something that can be adjusted in servicing).

The rear braking setup does the job too, and features a 220mm single rear disc, and standard ABS. In the city, the 450NK is a great commuter, is easy to manoeuvre with its upright seating position and lane filters well, thanks to its nimble stature.

Out in the countryside, it shows plenty of character and punches well above its price tag as a learner approved motorcycle. CFMOTO appear to be on a real winner with the 450 platform, with the NK design also offered in a full freight 800 variant as well.

2024 CFMOTO 450NK
2024 CFMOTO 450NK

Importantly, the bike maker provides a natural progression in power too, with a 150NK and 300NK also available. It shows they’ve genuinely thought about the learner journey. That aside, you can get onto a 2024 CFMOTO 450NK for just $7,790 ride away.

Available in either Nebula Black or Nebula White, and backed by a 3-year unlimited kilometre warranty, it really is good value. You can find out more by visiting the CFMOTO Australia website, or by talking to your local dealership.

Our test bike was provided by CFMOTO Australia for review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Riding experience
8
Style and comfort
8
Braking and handling
7.5
Overall bike performance
8
Value for money
8

SUMMARY

Pros - accessibility; styling; value for money; tech package.
Cons - rider's seat is a tad firm; brakes could do with more bite.
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for 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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