2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T | Road Test Review 

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
The 2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T is more geared toward on-road touring, but it comes with standard features that make intermediate backroads a whole lotta fun as well. (Photos by Aaron Crane)

CFMOTO is no stranger to off-road vehicles. In fact, many of you may be more familiar with CFMOTO ATVs and side-by-sides, which the company has been selling in the U.S. for more than 20 years. Its first foray into the ADV market was the street-focused 650 ADVentura, announced in June of last year as part of the 2022 lineup. More recently, the company released the 2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T and Ibex 800 S, with the 800 T designed for “when the blacktop turns to dirt” – fitting since the bike is named after a wild mountain goat.  

Related: 2022 CFMOTO Motorcycle Lineup | First Ride Review 

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
MSRP for the 2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T is $10,499. Our test bike was equipped with the optional pannier set ($1,699.99), for an as-tested price of $12,199.

Both the Ibex 800 T and S are powered by a liquid-cooled 799cc parallel-Twin with DOHC and 4 valves per cylinder borrowed from the previous-generation KTM 790 Adventure that makes a claimed 94 hp and 57 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slip/assist clutch (the T also adds a quickshifter to the mix). Both bikes are equipped with throttle-by-wire and have two ride modes (Sport and Rain) and cruise control.

The Ibex 800 S ($9,499) rolls on cast wheels (19-inch front, 17-inch rear) and is aimed at street-focused riders. The Ibex 800 T ($10,499) has spoked tubeless wheels and is equipped with several upgrades, including a skid plate, centerstand, heated grips, a heated seat, a quickshifter, and both USB and 12V outlets. Our Ibex 800 T test bike was equipped with the pannier set ($1,699.99) for an as-tested price of $12,199.

Related: 2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 S | First Look Review

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
The Ibex 800 T has a KYB inverted fork and rear monoshock, both fully adjustable.

When I fired up the Ibex 800 T for the first time, I found the aural quality of the engine to be kind of chirpy, but once you get moving, the billy goat gets gruff, producing a satisfying growl and a surge forward with some nice grunt in the midrange. However, the throttle-by-wire needs some fine tuning. In Sport mode, response was a bit too snatchy. This can be mitigated in Rain mode, but when the roads are dry, this seems more like a workaround than a feature. The throttle-by-wire also led to issues in the dirt, but more on that shortly. 

As this is an adventure-touring bike, it seemed fitting that my first experience on the bike was about 50 miles of interstate – and 3,000 feet of elevation gain – to my house. The 800 T has an adjustable windscreen, and it was quite effective at preventing buffeting for my 6-foot frame. I kept the windscreen at the highest position, but for those wanting it somewhere else, height adjustment is tool-less and quick, offering about 2 inches of range. 

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
The skid plate, centerstand, and heated grips and seat are nice up-spec features the Ibex 800 T has over its 800 S stablemate.

GEAR UP

The Ibex 800 T rides on spoked tubeless aluminum rims (19-inch front, 17-inch rear) wrapped in Maxxis MaxxVenture MA1 tires, which CFMOTO says are manufactured specifically for the bike. Their tread pattern is that of a 90/10 (road/off-road) tire, and as such, I felt the tires performed admirably on the pavement. They offered a smooth ride and weren’t noisy at high speeds, and when combined with the fully adjustable KYB suspension (6.3/5.9 inches of travel front/rear), they inspired more confidence than I was expecting when cornering. Even with the 37 lb of the accessory aluminum top and side cases added, I definitely enjoyed the ride when I was able to get it off the interstate and onto some state highways with more sweepers. 

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
The accessory aluminum top case has a 36-liter capacity – big enough for a full-size helmet – and like the other cases, it has a lockable lid and quick-release mounting system.

CFMOTO Ibex 800 T: In It For the Distance…Mostly   

There were a couple issues I noticed during those first miles on the Ibex. First, there was something about the aerodynamics of the bike that caused a high-pitched, near-constant whistle between 65 and 80 mph. After a variety of experiments that included riding with different helmet styles with and without a peak visor, adjusting the windscreen height, and removing the cases, the skid plate, and the windscreen, the issue seemed to stem from having the windscreen in its highest position. We didn’t notice the whistling on our initial ride on the Ibex 800 T with a different rider, so individual results may vary.

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
The Ibex 800 T comes with LED headlights, taillights, turnsignals, and fog lights.

Another minor issue is the cruise control. The buttons are large and easy to reach, but it tops out at 80 mph. In my home state of Utah, that’s the interstate speed limit, a speed that it seems like only the semis do…sometimes. The Ibex is a bike that feels steady at higher speeds, and I took it easily above 80 on a few occasions when I needed to overtake someone, but I was limited if I wanted to peg the cruise.       

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
The Ibex 800s have the same liquid-cooled 799cc parallel-Twin as the 2019 KTM 790 Adventure.

Otherwise, this is a bike that is comfortable for the distance, especially on the highway. Its handling was a pleasure – even more enjoyable when I tested it without the added weight of the cases – and the handlebar is set at a good height and sweep and combines with an approachable 32.5-inch seat height (and a relatively wide and cushy saddle) for an upright position that matched my frame and 32-inch inseam. On a longer trip I took, I stopped every couple hours for gas, but there wasn’t any inordinate stiffness in my body as I stepped off the bike, and I was ready to hop back on as soon as it was filled up. 

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
This Ibex 800 T has a 5-gallon tank, and we averaged 44.2 mpg and 224 miles of range. (Photo by the author)

The 7-inch TFT is clear and easy to read. The home screen includes everything you might want to see without feeling too cluttered, and the submenus offer a plethora of options, including three levels of heated grips and heated seats, handy features when I was climbing to higher elevations. Getting to the various submenus, however, requires a combination of long and quick pushes of several buttons that is reminiscent of the starting sequence of Furiosa’s rig in Mad Max: Fury Road, which can get a little cumbersome if you’re wanting to turn on those heated grips on the fly…or during the apocalypse. Once you get the sequence down, it’s pretty intuitive, but sometimes I got sent back to the main menu by accident, and there were times the menu froze up entirely for a moment. 

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
The 90/10 Maxxis MaxxVenture MA1 tires were great on the pavement, but serious ADV riders will want to fit something more off-road ready.

The bike’s navigation feature is also a little clunky. On my longer trip, I paired the bike to my phone with the CFMOTO Ride app and set a destination. The app offered a couple alternate choices to the main route, but when I selected one and set off, the navigation kept trying to take me on the original route, attempting to reroute me every time I ignored it. Also, even though the automated voice in my helmet was giving distances in miles, the display was giving me kilometers. My colleague Allison Parker had similar issues with the navigation feature on a different CFMOTO (see her 2023 CFMOTO 300SS First Ride Review here). At least I wasn’t being given distances in inches like she was, but there are certainly a few kinks to be worked out with the app’s navigation settings. 

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
The 7-inch TFT means there is plenty of room for everything you want to see without feeling cluttered. (Photo by the author)

However, I appreciated that all the home screen information was still displayed across the top of the navigation screen. And when it comes to connectivity and charging, the Ibex has two USB ports and a 12-volt port just below and on either side of the TFT display.    

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
The windscreen offers 2 inches of height adjustment and provides good wind protection.

And ‘When the Blacktop Turns to Dirt’? 

This is my first time on an ADV bike, and while I enjoyed the new experience immensely, I have seen comments from more experienced ADV riders that the Ibex 800 T in stock form may not provide as much adventure as they are seeking, although there are accessories that would take it up a notch. At a minimum, mounting more off-road-ready tires seems to be the consensus if you’re serious about really getting dirty. 

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
The design of the Ibex 800 T provided a comfortable standing position for my 6-foot frame with having to lean over.

During my road test, while enjoying a highway tour on the bike, I spotted a dirt road in the distance that left the pavement, heading off into the hills between the sagebrush and pinyon junipers. It was a two-track intermediate dirt road, not too sandy, rutted, or rocky. I was comfortable in the standing position that suited my height without feeling strain in my back, and I rode relatively conservatively. However, given my limited experience, I felt hindered from pushing myself a little more by that snatchy throttle in Sport mode. I may have been physically comfortable standing at steady speed, but slight rolling on or off of the throttle threw me off balance.  

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
Being able to take the Ibex 800 T on this trek off the beaten path made my appreciate my first foray into the ADV bike segment. (Photo by the author)

As far as stopping goes, both Ibex 800 models have J.Juan components, with radial-mount 4-piston calipers biting dual 320mm discs up front and a 2-piston floating caliper pinching a single 260mm disc in the rear. The brakes did a great job on the pavement, shedding speed when necessary without feeling too grabby. Both bikes also have cornering ABS. 

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
J.Juan radial-mount 4-piston calipers and dual 320mm discs provide confident stopping power on the pavement.

However, unlike some other ADV bikes on the market, ABS cannot be turned off on the 800 T, and there’s not an off-road ABS mode (which typically has less intervention on the front wheel and disables ABS at the rear).

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
The accessory aluminum top and side cases add 37 pounds to the overall weight, but the 99 liters of total capacity are great for touring.

As I was experimenting with the bike trying to minimize some of the jumpy throttle response in Sport mode, I switched to Rain mode, but it felt like there was more ABS intervention in Rain mode, which I wasn’t looking for on the dirt road. I switched back to Sport mode, as I hadn’t noticed the ABS intervention when riding with that setting, but for the rest of my novice dirt adventure, I was caught between wanting to push myself a little more but not feeling confident with the snatchy throttle responses. A dedicated Off-Road ride mode with soft throttle response, less power, and both ABS and traction control settings calibrated for low-traction surfaces would be a valuable addition to the Ibex 800 T.

On The Way to Staking Its Claim 

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T
Even with the accessory cases, the Ibex 800 T confidently carved out the sweepers in Sport mode and made for an exhilarating ride.

Besides not having switchable ABS, most of my nits to pick with the Ibex 800 T are pretty minor and will hopefully work themselves out in future models – or at least with a Utah version that ups the cruise control limit. When all is said and done, this is a fun bike that feels like it’s right on the cusp of staking its claim as a solid adventure-touring bike for a reasonable price.  

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T

2023 CFMOTO Ibex 800 T Specs 

  • Base Price: $10,499 
  • Price as Tested: $12,199 (pannier set – $1,699.99) 
  • Website: CFMOTOUSA.com 
  • Warranty: 2 yrs., unltd. miles 
  • Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel-Twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl. 
  • Displacement: 799cc 
  • Bore x Stroke: 88 x 65.7mm 
  • Horsepower: 94 hp @ 9,000 rpm (factory claim) 
  • Torque: 56.8 lb-ft @ 7,500 rpm (factory claim) 
  • Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch 
  • Final Drive: Chain 
  • Wheelbase: 60.3 in. 
  • Rake/Trail: 25 degrees/4.06 in. 
  • Seat Height: 32.5 in. 
  • Wet Weight: 509 lb (without panniers) 
  • Fuel Capacity: 5 gal.
  • Fuel Consumption: 44 mpg
  • Estimated Range: 220 miles

6 COMMENTS

  1. Like it or not, these bikes coming from China and or India, keep getting better, and in 10 years, I think they will have solid, brick and mortar dealerships for parts and service. Then they will be challenging the Big 3 for market share. It upbthe game, and we will have more options, and good ones

  2. I own a 2020 KTM 790 ADV R. While I’m not in the market for another bike in the same niche, I read the review with curiosity having heard about CFMOTO’s relationship with KTM. It sounds like there are some major flaws (like the cruise control issue and lack of ability to disable ABS off-road) that would be deal-killers if I was in the market.

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