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2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 Review | First Look

2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 in Zephyr Blue

When the 2024 CFMOTO lineup was announced last October, notably absent was the 650 ADVentura middleweight street-adventure bike. However, added to the company’s lineup were two new naked sportbikes, one of which is based on its 450 platform, and at the annual AIMExpo in Las Vegas, the company announced two new bikes based on that same platform: the 2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 adventure bike and the 450CL-C cruiser.     

2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 in Tundra Grey

The Ibex 450 features a liquid-cooled 449cc parallel-Twin with DOHC, a 270-degree crank, and dual counterbalancers all working together for a claimed 44 hp at 8,500 rpm and 32.5 lb-ft of torque at 6,250 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slip/assist clutch. 

When we tested the 650 ADVentura in the summer of 2022, one of the things we noted was the lack of traction control. This has been added on the Ibex 450, as well as the ability to turn it off at the rear wheel. The Ibex 450 has a fully adjustable KYB inverted fork and a central-aligned, multi-link rear monoshock with adjustable damping and preload and an external gas reservoir for steady damping and enhanced heat dissipation. Suspension travel is 8 inches front and rear.  

In addition to the Standard ride mode, the Ibex 450 also features an Off-Road mode and switchable rear-wheel ABS, two features we would’ve liked on the Ibex 800 T. Otherwise, stopping power comes from J.Juan components, with a 4-piston caliper biting a single 320mm disc up front and single-piston caliper and 240mm disc in the back. 

Related: 2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T | Road Test Review 

The Ibex 450 has a chromoly steel frame, tool-less windscreen adjustment, foldable mirrors, an adjustable handlebar, and an aluminum alloy skid plate. The 32.3-inch seat height/ride height can be adjusted via an integrated lowering link. It rides on tubeless, cross-spoke rims (21-inch front, 18-inch rear), and with a 4.6-gallon tank, it comes in at 386 lb.   

The bike has full LED lighting, a 5-inch curved TFT with Bluetooth and CFMOTO Ride app connectivity, and a USB type-C charging port. 

The 2025 CFMOTO Ibex 450 will come in Zephyr Blue or Tundra Grey. Pricing has not yet been announced. 

For more information, visit the CFMOTO website

Check out more new bikes in Rider’s 2024 Motorcycle Buyers Guide 

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