HomeBike News2023 CFMoto 150cc Motorcycle Debuts - Yamaha MT15 Rival

2023 CFMoto 150cc Motorcycle Debuts – Yamaha MT15 Rival

CFMoto 150NK is unlikely to reach Indian shores anytime soon

2023 CFMoto 150cc Motorcycle - 150NK
2023 CFMoto 150cc Motorcycle – 150NK

CFMoto is one of the few Chinese automakers with a widespread presence in global markets. The two-wheeler brand made a comeback in the Indian market last year after a hiatus of more than a year. The company currently retails four models in India including 300NK, 650GT, 650NK and 650MT.

The Chinese bikemaker has now launched an updated iteration of its entry-level 150NK in Australia. The street naked motorcycle is the smallest and the most beginner-friendly model in CFMoto’s lineup. It directly competes against the likes of Yamaha MT15 and Honda CB150R.

2023 CFMoto 150NK Updates

For 2023, the Australia-spec 150NK gets dual-channel ABS instead of single-channel ABS offered previously, thus, making it safer for beginner riders. Apart from this, the Chinese brand has also tweaked its aesthetics to give it a sportier and more youthful look as well. CFMOTO’s small-capacity naked bikes in the NK range are extremely popular among sporty riders on a budget, especially in Australia.

While overall styling of CFMoto 150NK stands distinct, some components like the exposed trellis frame, double-sided swingarm and extended tank shrouds seem to be inspired by the KTM Duke range. Other visual highlights include a sharp LED headlight flanked by LED indicators, a muscular fuel tank, a raised tail section, split-style seats and split grab rails for a pillion.

2023 CFMoto 150cc Motorcycle - 150NK
2023 CFMoto 150cc Motorcycle – 150NK

Dynamics & Engine Specs

Apart from its sharp styling, 150NK receives eye-catching colorways in form of silver body panels and graphics, Turquoise Blue or Titanium Grey liveries on the trellis frame, and sleek black alloy wheels. The bike boasts a very accessible seat height of 775mm and a wheelbase of 1,360mm. At 135 kilos, the motorcycle is nimble and fairly easy to manoeuvre.

2023 CFMoto 150cc Motorcycle - 150NK specs
2023 CFMoto 150cc Motorcycle – 150NK specs

Specifications of 150NK remain the same. The naked street racer draws power from the same 149.4cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder motor that pumps out 14.34 bhp and 12.2 Nm of peak torque. This unit is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Output on 150NK is slightly lower as compared to its rivals.

Specs of Rivals

For instance, the updated version of Yamaha MT-15 is powered by a 155cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled motor that kicks out 18.14 bhp and a peak torque of 14.1 Nm. On the other hand, Honda CB 150R is powered by a 149.2cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that pushes out 16.1 bhp and 13.6 Nm of peak torque. Both Japanese motorcycles are offered with a 6-speed gearbox.

As for pricing, CFMoto has priced 2023 CFMoto 150NK at AUD 4,290 (approx. INR 2.35 lakh) which is quite steep for a bike in the 150cc category. 150NK is unlikely to launch in India anytime soon.

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