CFMoto displayed its prowess to the world when it unveiled the SR-C21 concept motorcycle last year. Brimmed with top-drawer cycle parts and cutting-edge styling, it caught the attention of the motorcycling community all across the world. Most of us thought that it was too good to be transformed into reality but the Chinese bikemaker has now launched the production version of the same in China at a starting price of INR 3.82 Lakh. In its production guise, it is being called the 450 SR and has enough performance and features to send trembles of worry into its rivals’ camp.
Comparing the concept motorcycle and the real deal might bring in a little disappointment because CFMoto has toned down the overall styling of the motorcycle. Moreover, gone are the MotoGP-inspired disc covers and calliper vents. The under-seat exhaust which the concept flaunted has also made way for a more civilized side-slung setup.
Despite toning down the visual drama, the CFMoto 450 SR still looks like a proper supersport. Although it does retain winglets from the concept motorcycle, the single-sided swingarm is a goner. Mirror-mounted LED indicators and razor-sharp LED headlight housing complete the look up front.
Specs and features
One of the primary reasons why the SR-C21 concept blew our minds was because of the cycle parts it showcased. The concept version utilized Ohlins suspension and dual discs up front but the production-spec 450 SR has taken a saner route as it gets USD fork and monoshock to take care of suspension duties, while a 320mm/230mm disc setup is deployed to drop anchor. However, the 450 SR still gets some nifty features like adjustable seat height and TFT instrument console.
We were saving the juiciest bits for later: the powertrain and its power-to-weight ratio. The 450 SR is powered by a 449cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that has been developed from ground up. This powertrain is able enough to put down 50.69PS and 39Nm. The performance figures might not be astronomically high but pair that with a 270-degree crankshaft. Expect it to provide a raspy background score that we usually find in a 90-degree v-twin engine. The 450 SR tips the scale at just 168kg and the company claims a top speed of 190kmph.
Although CFMoto marked its entry yet again in the Indian market after the BS6 era commenced, the chances of this aggressive supersport making it to our shores are rather bleak.