At EICMA 2021, Chinese motorcycle manufacturer CFMoto showcased a sportbike concept that certainly grabbed the attention of onlookers both in person and online. It was called the SR-C21 Concept, and it was one of the most radical sportbike concepts to come out of the Chinese company’s design studio. At the time, CFMoto didn’t reveal anything about the bike except what can be seen with the naked eye.
Naturally, this led to speculations about what could really be under the fairies of this machine. However, CFMoto said that I would have at least a 400cc engine.
Considering the ultra sleek looks of the bike, premium SC Project exhaust system and Brembo braking components, it was expected that this bike will have a lot of firepower on display.On top of this, CFMoto’s partnership with KTM meant that it now has an 800cc LC8 V-twin—an engine found in the CFMoto 800MT, and the recently unveiled limited edition KTM RC8C Supersport.
Now, the details of the CFMoto SR-C21 have been revealed after a test run in China. Unsurprisingly, it seems to have lost a lot of its premium features, at least in its testing-basic phase. As is the case with most concept bikes that make it to production, things fall short, and so does the SR-C21.For example, the test mule no longer gets the twin under-tail SC project exhaust system.
Instead, it has a more traditional breadbox located on the right side of the bike. Gone, it seems, are dual Brembo brakes at the front. In his place is a single disc similar to what we see in its smaller brother, the 300SR.
For example, the test mule no longer has the SC Project exhaust system under the twin tails. Instead, there is a simple bread box on the right side of the bike. Dual Brembo brakes seem to be missing too, instead of a single disc similar to what we’ve seen on its smaller sibling, the 300SR.
Perhaps the most disappointing thing about the SR-C21 is that it isn’t equipped with an LC8 800cc motor, but instead a 450cc parallel engine that’s quite anti-climax. Especially considering the aerodynamic parts and components shown, this bike is unlikely to ever be a player in the big hypersport segment. But it is a premium, mid-capacity sports bike to compete with the Kawasaki Ninja 400 and Honda CBR500R.