CFMoto Takes a Page from BMW’s Suspension Book for New Model
CFMoto Takes a Page from BMW’s Suspension Book for New Model
2 months ago Technologies
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CFMoto, a Chinese motorcycle manufacturer, is developing a new girder-style fork suspension setup similar to the one used by BMW and Honda on their touring bikes. The suspension technology, first developed in the 1970s by British engineer Norman Hossack, is expected to be incorporated into CFMoto's upcoming model, the 1250NK streetfighter.


The use of the girder-style fork suspension allows for a broader spread of suspension geometry, which separates braking and suspension forces. This results in a relatively soft suspension without excessive dive during braking. Additionally, the use of a single shock absorber makes it easier to adopt advanced technologies such as adaptive damping or electronic control preload adjustment.


CFMoto aims to narrow the quality and technology gap with more established motorcycle brands from Japan, Europe, and the US. The company has already started exporting 800cc models worldwide. The 1250TR-G, which uses a 140 hp, 1,279cc V-twin engine derived from KTM but heavily modified by CFMoto, currently sells only in China. However, its technology is already at a level that would be more than acceptable globally.

The new suspension technology is expected to give CFMoto's upcoming 1250NK streetfighter model a competitive edge. Inspired by the 2017 V.02-NK concept and seen in recent patents, the 1250NK streetfighter is anticipated to incorporate the new girder-style fork suspension technology.


In summary, CFMoto's adoption of the girder-style fork suspension technology is expected to enhance the performance of their upcoming models and narrow the gap in technology and quality with established motorcycle brands.

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