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CF Moto MT800 Erlkönig

China adventure bike with KTM twin

CF Moto is KTM’s sales and production partner in China. Now, with the MT800, the Chinese are bringing their own variant of a travel enduro based on the Austrian 790 twin.

KTM has had a joint venture with the Chinese motorcycle manufacturer CF Moto since 2017, in which the Austrians hold 49 percent of the shares.

Since this autumn, the Chinese have been producing models for the Austrians around the in-line two-cylinder units with 790 and 890 cc.

Travel enduro with a KTM heart

As the Erlkönig pictures that have now appeared on the internet show, the Chinese are also working on their own model based on the 790 in-line twin cylinder from KTM. The CF Moto MT800 baptized travel enduro is virtually the sister model of the KTM 790 Adventure. In terms of design, the CF Moto mixes elements of the Triumph Tiger 900 and the Honda Africa Twin. The seating position on the tiered bench looks low, the large tank promises a lot of range and the large cladding offers plenty of wind and weather protection. A TFT display in the cockpit, which offers extensive networking options, is also to be expected.

Extensive equipment

If the 790 Twin moves unchanged into the CF Moto, 95 HP and 88 Nm torque are also available here. The two-cylinder will probably get a new set-up for the CF Moto. The prototype also features spoke rims with tubeless tires – 19 inch at the front and 17 inch at the rear -, double disc brakes at the front, a main stand, a USD fork with a low-set fender, an engine guard, as well as a side case and a top case. But Erlkönige was also caught with cast rims. Perhaps the Chinese are two-pronged here, like the competition.

The prototype already caught looks very close to series production, so a debut of the series model can be expected as early as spring 2021. CF Motorbike is also represented as a brand in Germany. It remains to be seen whether the MT800 will make it into the local offer.


The partnerships between European and Chinese manufacturers are bearing more and more fruit. Many of the resulting motorcycles are still only available in China or Asia. But it will be interesting to see when the Chinese will open up the European market.

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