Why the CFMOTO 450SS Delivers More Than Any Other Sub-500cc Sportbike

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The most bang for your buck in a sportbike

Getting out on the open road on a motorcycle is a lot of fun. For those looking for a package made for quick handling and thrilling rides, sportbikes fill that role and look really good doing it. These styles of motorcycles are great for getting through tight traffic and commuting around town, as well as for hitting the open road in search of open air and the occasional twisty canyon.

For riders looking for a sweet, value-packed sport bike, the CFMOTO 450SS is one that deserves a serious look. Not only is this a great looking bike, with an even better looking price tag, but this bike also offers ridiculous power for a bike in this class. Now that I have your attention, read on to learn more.


Among the most important features on any motorcycle is the motor, and the CFMOTO 450SS packs a pretty impressive one. It is a 450cc, dual overhead-cam, Inline Twin that produces 50 horsepower at 9,500 rpm and an equally impressive 28.8 lb-ft of torque at 7,600 rpm. And yes, this makes it the most powerful stock motor in the sub-500cc sportbike category.

CFMOTO uses a CF-SC slipper clutch mated to a six-speed, wet, multi-plate transmission. The motor is fed through a Bosch electronic fuel injection system that draws from a 3.7-gallon gas tank. How fast you go through a tank of gas depends entirely on how much fun you want to have ripping through the gears.

Handling Stuff

Soaking up the road up front is a upside-down telescopic fork with a 110 by 70 by R17 tire wrapped around an aluminum rim. A premium, Brembo M40 320mm, single-disc, radially-mounted brake with a four-piston caliper can slow you down in a hurry with less heat buildup, so you will have less brake fade even while you hammer a seriously curvy road.

Out back, a multi-link suspension system holds the 150 by 60 by R17 rear tire to the frame. For stopping duties, the 450SS uses a 220mm single disc brake with a single-piston floating caliper that is controlled by a Continental ABS anti-lock braking system that is dual-channel for advanced control in any braking condition. CFMOTO wants you to have fun, but to also stay in control the whole time so as to amp up the fun factor.

Contributing to the handling is a 31-inch seat height and a curb weight of just 370 pounds. Overall, the CFMOTO 450SS is 79 inches long by 29.5 inches wide by 39 inches tall, making it a fun, compact motorcycle, and an accessible sportbike option for everyone.

CFMOTO outfitted the 450SS with winglets on either side that are designed to provide 1.6 times the downforce, which will help improve stability.


The 450SS headlight, taillight and turn signals are all bright, long-lasting LEDs. But perhaps the biggest news here is the five-inch digital display screen. This gives you all the needed information from the motorcycle. You can connect to it through Bluetooth by using the CFMOTO Ride App.

The Ride app puts information at your fingertips, from navigation details to riding stats and diagnostics. Keep track of the bike with the Self Check, a systems scan of your entire motorcycle anytime, anywhere. Want to keep a record of your rides? My Ride tracks details of every ride, including total mileage, top speed, acceleration, cornering stats, and braking data. For added security, the CFMOTO Ride App has a Search for Vehicle anti-theft function that locates your 450SS in the event it’s stolen, or if you just forget where it's parked. The best part of the app is that it is free.

What are You Waiting For?

The 2023 CFMOTO 450SS sportbike is available in Nebula Black or Zircon Black colors. MSRP is just $5,499 U.S. and it even comes with a two-year warranty. Additionally, CFMOTO has an array of factory accessories available for this bike, so you can take it to another level.

Thinking of getting a new motorcycle this year, and want the most sportbike for your money? Of course you do! Head to your local CFMOTO dealership today and check one out for yourself.


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