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My test ride was on the 29th June
So having taken my bike training recently I was eagerly waiting for the release of the CFMoto 650NK as I had heard great things about it and wanted to take it for a test ride. When I awoke in the morning my nerves started to flare as it was pouring with rain with high winds, but I didn’t want that to dissuade me so I rugged up and put my waterproofs on and off I set to the dealership. From initial first impressions I was very impressed with the look of the bike, from the red trim on the wheels to the 6 LED’s on the headlights. Being 6 foot 3 I was apprehensive about whether the bike would be too small for me but found it to be a comfortable upright position. Being a brand new bike with new tires and brakes in the pouring rain I was cautious about how it would handle, but after about 10 minutes my nerves started to fade as I started to feel comfortable on the handling and braking in the slippery conditions. Being a LAMS bike I was picturing it to be very restrictive but was very pleased that this could have been any 650 and not a LAMS version. As I am a new rider I was contemplating getting a smaller engine bike but after riding this then I feel that I would get bored pretty quickly if I went with something smaller, so the 650 is defiantly the way to go for me. So after months of waiting and contemplating other bikes as they say ‘good things come to those that wait’
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Riding review of the CFMOTO 650NK 30/06/2012.
I'm the stereo typical middle aged male who stopped riding bikes when the kids came along and now as they are older looking at getting back into it.
Of course as I have said to my wife my prime motivators are to save money on fuel and parking plus knock half an hour of my commute each way every day.
The CFMoto 650NK meets these needs very well. It's a mid sized bike so no "bat out of hell" but plenty fast to enough for me to loose some points off the licence if I'm not careful.
Low down Torque to beat the WRX crowd away from the lights when filtering and a 17 litre tank so I don't have to visit the petrol station too often. It also looks pretty good, sounds good, handles and stops well with my 6'3" frame on it and for once my knees fitted in properly. But so did some of the other bikes I test rode more or less, so why pick the CFMOTO over the others? Well the big one is price! It's not far off half the price, still has a normal warranty, standard service intervals and looks to be pretty well constructed. Go and have a look for yourself, the frame welds looked as good as any Japanese bike I compared it with and I even lifted the seat for a look at the hidden welds. The dealer confirmed parts availability which is better that some of the European brands and a lot cheaper also than the Japanese ones. What's not to like?
Ok will the longevity be as good? Time will tell but at the price they are retailing at I can pretty well buy two and keep a spare for the same money as an equivalent Japanese bike but I think I will keep the money to pay for my sons braces instead. Some will say it does not do this or that as well as there favoured brand, well I could honestly not tell much difference when I test road the other brands but that's just my opinion. But I did feel more comfortable on it compared to the others.
While all these things are true there is another motivator, the heart. I can still hear the voice inside of the young man who first started riding bikes years ago because they made him feel free and alive. I missed him he was fun and I would not mind hanging out with him again.
Well riding the CFMoto 650NK was kind of like that. So I will have a black one please and see you out there. I will be the one with the big smile.
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CF Moto 650NK first ride review!
As a keen motorcycle enthusiast (riding for about 8 years), I have been very excited about riding the 650NK for the first time. I've read all the reviews, looked at all the pictures, read all the specifications and noted with envy all the other markets around the world that already have the bike. After an agonising wait we roll forward to Tuesday the 26th of June... Judgement day? Time poor that day, all I get is a sit and a look – first impressions of the bike in the flesh are very positive. After an extra early start the next morning the time is finally here for a ride on the very first decent capacity motorbike to come out of China! Of course only time for a short ride but a good mix of roads to go through the gears, give the throttle a good wind on and throw it at some corners. Well, I guess this is the bit where I say “it's pretty good but it's from China”. No. I find myself riding along talking to myself - “gearbox smooth, positive”, “clutch light”, “brakes have decent feel” and “it goes well enough to be exciting”. I almost physically slapped myself when I said, with a smile, “I'm riding revelation”! That's a bit corny, really, but probably not a bad way to explain it. To say it's good for a Chinese bike is grossly underselling what these enterprising folk have done – to ride, it feels like... Well... A bike. That's it. Durability and reliability are of course not yet proven but a quick internet search sees that there is many many thousands of quad bikes around the world all bearing the CFMoto badge and one would expect that if a quad bike can handle the sort of abuse they generally receive then a road bike should have no problems. Then the under 7 grand ride away price comes into it, nothing comes close in terms of value for money. Chinese bike? Who cares? 650 cc fuel injected nice looking naked bike for that price? Awesome. If this is what we are to expect from China then I say bring it on!
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I had heard a lot about this 650NK and was looking forward to both seeing it in the flesh and riding it. I was even a little bit reserved in my excitement as I kept thinking, it is a Chinese bike, what will it be like, could they have gotten it right? I got to thinking then how the Chinese make nearly everything we use or wear so they have done a good job there and they are a very smart culture in the manufacturing realm. I do like the naked street-fighter style bikes. Yet, my normal ride is a 2009 Suzuki GS500F and whilst it is no high performance racer, it is comfy and sporty enough though agricultural in its technology.
I contacted CF Moto through the website to work out where I could test drive one and instead of an email response, I got a call from the state manager telling me where and that was within half an hour of hitting the submit button on the website, so I was impressed with that sort of service. I contacted Action Motorcycles at Nerang and Chris was very welcoming and chatty about the bike and encouraging of the chance to ride it even though he was probably aware that most callers would either be after a tyre kicking style ride or just the free jacket and not really the purchase (what can I say I am a sceptic).
Anyways in I went and I almost walked past it as the dealer is an Aprilia agent too and I almost mistook it for an Aprilia until the CFMoto decal caught my eye. I spent a good 5-10 minutes touching it and looking at it admiring it yet trying to be critical. The critical approach did not work as I really liked what I saw the more I looked at it. Chris came out and we chatted, he handed me the keys, copied my license, we talked Moto GP and then he sent me on my way with this brand new bike saying “take it for a good ride, put some miles on it” and me thinking “sheesh if only all dealers were like this…..” I have had dealers expect me to lay down cash and purchase before I am even allowed to ride a bike, not a good approach.
The ride itself? Started it up and I could not decide whether it was a scooter like or trail bike like rumble but pleasant nonetheless. Twists of the throttle brought more pleasing burbles forth and the usual mechanical noises of a parallel twin. As I moved off, my very first thought was that everything is where it should be and wow this is so easy to manoeuvre! It smoothly idled away from a standstill in first gear after a noiseless select of first. Into traffic and up through the gears, selecting was smooth but seemed loose compared to the Suzuki’s firm notches. I tend to clutchless upshift (no not flatshift) and at this it was smooth too. The power available was quite impressive, it happily burbled away at 60-ish and when you nailed it on the on ramp to the highway, it responded with the surge of something bigger than its LAMS 650 would make you imagine. Effortlessly through the gears into top and I just had a grin on my face of enjoyment thinking “ This is a Chinese bike? Bring it on.” The brakes were never questionable at any stage with the fancy looking petal discs (twins up the front no less). I took her down the motorway into an industrial estate for some low speed tight manoeuvring and I became even more gleeful as it was so easy to turn in narrow confines and idle around slowly.
This is the ultimate learner’s bike, nice upright stance, flickability without being too sensitive and enough torque to idle in tight turns with the rider offering minimal clutch slipping and rear braking. Joyful really. Out of the industrial estate and into some tight and twisty back roads where I like to spend a lot of my bike time. I am not a commuter as I live so close to work I can walk, so my bike is my toy. Off we went and this was just fun to ride in the corners to brake and down change with blips though this took some practice as it was almost as if the throttle cable had a little excessive freeplay, easily fixed I am sure. The gearbox in frequent downshifts never got flustered, happily selecting and engaging each time. I am not sure what brand the tyres were but they looked plenty serious and though I did not hoon on my ride they handled all bends I found well, feeling balanced and pleasant. Time to find the freeway again for the blast back to the shop and I nailed it in second at 40 through to 110 and it just pulled and pulled. This is only a LAMS machine, I wonder what the unrestricted “adults-only” black label edition is like….The digital speedo is a novelty to me as my normal ride has analogue and this one read well and was easily seen at all times.
Parked her at the shop and tried to hide my grin. I looked her over again noticing the pegs that were machined alloy rather than rubber and I appreciated them for both look, feel and grip. I love the aggressive look at the front and then noticed the LED’s at the top of the light and thought that was a really good touch. I admired the view from the rear as the tail lights looked like part of the shape rather than an add-on to meet the ADR’s. I drooled over the belly pan and the red framework that reminds me of that Italian brand that every serious biker would at least like to throw a leg over once. I loved the seating position, high but not excessively so and it felt comfortable as if I could spend more time there enjoying it. I am not sure though for the pillion as the little perch was not overly inviting to look at. I admired the tube work again and noticed it did not have any of that ugly welding that speaks of cheap and nasty products. I kept finding little details that made me think gosh is this really a cheap entry level Chinese bike?
Again I was looking for avenues to be critical about but finding so few. I did wonder how the black plastics would fair in Aussie heat having seen scooters and car bumpers of similar colours turning a nasty grey after some time. I had noticed the vibrations inherent in a parallel twin and reminded myself this is not a Honda CB400 etc. I appreciated the warmth of my left leg particularly being heated by the engine on a winter’s day but wondered what that would be like after a few hours on a summer’s day ( questioning myself n that maybe I am just used to air-cooled bikes) . I imagined what the parts backup may be like and what warranty issues there could be. I was reassured by the mention of a 2 year warranty which is always handy but hopefully not in need of utilising. I am greatly impressed by the dealer and company service. I must admit to thinking, “yep she is great to spend a few hours with, but how about living with her, now that is a whole different ball game isn’t it?”
To me that is the big question, what will this babe be like to live with? This is CF Moto’s first foray into a large (ish) capacity road bike in market that loves bikes as a recreation not just a form of commute. I wanted to love it, I wanted to talk trade-ins and delivery dates, I wanted to want it more, only 2 questions, “What is she like long term?” and “How will it be received at a typical biker’s café in the Gold Coast hinterland when I pull up beside the Gixxers and the ‘busas on a CFMoto”. History has shown us how good Japanese cars and then Korean cars have been designed and built and how good their customer service is, can China follow suit and will it with CF Moto? I hope so, this is such a promising bike.
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Through the CF-Moto website I place an enquiry to test ride the new 650NK. I was contacted by my closest dealer - Close Motorcycles. On Saturday 30/6/12 I headed in to Close Motorcycles to try out this new bike. I am currently seeking a learner approved, naked bke to purchse for my nephew who has just passed his riding test.
The bike certinly has the looks. This is a strikingly aggressive machine with a lot of flair and street cred. On closer inspection the finish and components used are not top notch, but it is well within quality expectations for the price.
Throwing a leg over the ride immediatley notices the tall sitting position - being 168cm I was on tip toes. The seat is plush and quite generous in the padding and the width. The lean position to the bars is quite neutral and comfortable. the riding position does give the rider a good view of the world and an easy position to maneuvre from to check on traffic. On starting up the engine you can feel the slightly agricultural idle to the bike. This soon dissapates once the throttle is twisted and the bike has warmed up a bit. The bike takes off smoothly and pulls away into traffic easily. The gear box feels a bit basic, but very functional. There were no issues with finding neutral, up shifting or own shifting. The shifter did seem to be sitting a little high and required a considerable lift to get your foot on top of it and down shift. This felt more like an adjustment issue for a persnal preference than anything else.
The bike certainly does have the up and go to keep most riders happier in an urban environment... especially a learner. The bike is light and easy to tilt in around the traffic and has the get up and go to push past the urban traffic jams. The stopping is sufficient, but the rider will need to plan the pulling up. The go is far better than the stop. The brakes do feel like an area were money has been saved. The back brake on its own barel slowes the bike down and the front brake is very grabby. Again, this maybe an adjustment issue that could be rectified with fiddling and better different pads.
The upright ride position was comfortable and confidence inspiring. A larger rider may find it a little cramped, but the majority will love the over the top of cars view and the seat that could hold your bum for many hours. The display is very basic. As a learner bike I would have liked to see a larger speed display and smaller rev display. The overhang of the plastic surround cuts off the top numbers off the speed display. The indicators and brake lights were all bright and had a high visibility to other road users.
This is a striking looking bike that will carve a niche in the Australian naked market. The brand is growing strong and the network expanding. This wi give more new purchasers the confidence to jump onto one of these new machines. Overall this was an enjoyable ride and great experience. This is high on the recommended list for the intended owner. The 650NK is good value for money for a 650cc learner legl bike that will see many riders well past the probationary periods and still keep them smiling even when onto their full licence.
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650NK Test Ride at Action Motorcycles, Nerang.
Hey, you there, with the smug look of wisdom on your face. Yes, you. Get off your arse and test ride the new CFMoto 650. How else can you make valid sage pontifications about its worth. I rode one from Action Motorcycles at Nerang and was mightily impressed.
In the 1960’s conventional wisdom bagged the arrival of the Japanese. Same in the early 21st century with the Koreans. Both have produced great products and are flourishing. Well guess what, the Chinese are coming, and after my test ride, I can see that nothing will halt their progress. At the price, you’d be mad to look at anything else.
The CF650 was presented as a LAMS approved bike. It certainly doesn’t feel like it. It zips away from traffic without raising a sweat. The power was instantly accessible right off idle. You don’t need to explore the redline to make it go, like say a CB400 Honda. I can’t work out if CFMoto are taking the piss calling it LAMS approved or whether they are attempting a fraud on the Dept of Transport, but this bike is sufficiently powerful that anyone buying it as a first bike will be able to hang on to it for quite a while. It is the kind of bike that they could, would and should keep after the 12 month Provisional license period instead of buying a 180 HP monster just because they can.
The bike looks hot. The white paint job against the red trellis frame and numerous carbon look panels tick all the right boxes. If you are however, struggling with your masculinity, don’t worry, because the also come in black (apologies to the women riders for the politically incorrect comments).
The brakes are three wave discs, also being de rigeur in the styling department. The front brakes have plenty of power whilst the rear disc, like most these days, is purely decorative. The panel fit is good and the frame welds tidy. Fueling is glitch free. All the controls have a solid well built feel about them. The analogue tacho sits along side the other digital readouts including fuel level and engine temp, and are easy to read. I thought at first the lights were broken, but discovered that this bike actually has a light switch. Quaint, and somehow comforting.
The riding position was nicely relaxed for me at 172cm, with both feet well planted at a stop, but being pretty light and reasonably roomy, should fit a wide range of riders. The 650 changed direction with the mere turn of the head and tracked well on it firmly sprung suspension. No wallowing learner bike here.
It would be dismissive to say this is a nice bike “for a LAMS bike” or “for a girl” or “for a commuter”. This is a proper bike, with lots going for it. Try it. I dare you.
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650NK Test Ride at Maryborough Motorcycles, Maryborough.
Sitting at the computer one day drooling over motorbikes, when I notice a bike from a company I have never heard of before, the CF Moto 650NK. Curious to learn more, I did some research and found out it was Chinese. I've had experience with Chinese bikes before and have not had good experiences, but I kept looking into this bike anyway. I read a couple of reviews on the bike and the reviewers appeared to like them quite a bit. I was still sceptical, and I ended up emailing the Australian importer to get some more answers, and I ended up on a test ride! a couple of days later I was in the store signing my life away to have a bit of a play with the bike. The styling is brilliant, the seating position is upright and comfortable, not the sporty position I'm used to, but I did like it. The sales rep starts up the awesome sounding bike and gives me a quick run through the controls, pretty standard there. I was ready to go, I wheeled the bike to the side of the road, hopped on and waited for a bit of a clearing in traffic. A clear spot in traffic came along and I gave the bike a good bit of throttle, not expecting much, and boy did that thing fly, I caught up to traffic and hit the speed limit a lot quicker than I was expecting. The bike idle'd along comfortable at 60 k's and I was desperate to hit some corners to see how this thing felt. After zooming along the back roads for a few minutes, I finally found a few 90° turns and without having tried doing a decent corner on this bike before, I was a little cautious. But the bike was easy and comfortable to put through the corner at a good speed, and it carried on like that for the whole trip. After playing around on the corners, I went out and hit the main back road looking for some decent twisties. Pulling out from the side road, the bike let out a nice growl, and smoothly, but very quickly got up to speed. I got to the twisties and the R6 Rider that had been lagging behind me caught up and notified me that it was time to go back to the store, I drove up the road a bit to turn round so I could at least hit the last couple of corners with some good speed on the way back, and the bike didn't disappoint. Of course, I took the long way back to the store, I didn't want the ride to end, the bike was very fun, comfortable, powerful, and smooth. When I say the bike is powerful, I don't mean that it's one of those scary, fast bikes, but more quick, and with the feeling of plenty more power at your disposal.
My final conclusion: I like it! so, I'm buying one!
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650NK Test Ride at Scooterama, Fitzroy.
From the photos on the net through to the excitement of jumping on it for the first time: the 650NK is slick and sexy, CFMOTO know their stuff!!!
Too many manufacturers get caught up in the focus of plastics and decals, designing for pin board posters and logo space for sponsors, but CFMOTO innovate. This Bike truly looks amazing; the saying about pinup girls, like this bike cannot be closer to the truth: NAKED IS BETTER. This is the kind of bike that makes you want to drive 300km’s to see the look on your girlfriends face, only to realise that the look should be for you, or better yet, why would you need a girlfriend? Girls will be hunting you on this bike.
I was sceptical when I got on the 650NK for the first time, after many years of riding performance motocross bikes, and experiencing many road bike manufactures fall short of the responsive ness, agility and the secure feeling of being able to stop quickly - where they fail the 650NK delivers. The CFMOTO group did their homework; as soon you take off for the first time you feel in control, not only because of its ability to stop almost instantaneously, but also the balance that you feel while nipping in and out of corners, it’s fantastic. One feature that I truly love about this bike is the bash plate that has been moulded around the engine bay, as the CFMOTO group know too well that you will try and get the 650NK as close to the ground as possible.
Only one feature that I would recommend for the 650NK is designing a bigger speedo, as a flinch of the wrist can easily and will easily cause speeding fines; then again I don’t think it will help as it was near impossible to pull my joyful and excited face away from an increasingly blurred streets of Melbourne.
Thank you CFMOTO From the photos on the net through to the excitement from jumping on it for the first time: the 650NK is slick and sexy, CFMOTO know their stuff!
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650NK Test Ride at Scooterama, Fitzroy.
I was lucky enough to take a test ride on the 650NK, from Scooterama Fitzroy. Alex (the sales rep) warned me that it was fast; I have ridden a mates Suzuki Bandit 1200cc a couple of times, so I thought I knew fast. And although it really should be in a different league, I was surprised how close in speeds the 650NK was.
I have thought that the next bike I was going to get was a Kawasaki Ninja 650 sport, however I can honestly say after one short ride on the 650NK my mind is completely changed.
The sexy looks, the responsiveness, and the sport suspension are really beautiful on this bike. If I could ask for two things, I would change the speedo, and put a better kickstand on it. If the speedo was an analogue, or perhaps more obvious it would be very advantages, as I can imagine that it would be all too easy to get caught speeding on this bad boy. I also recommend a more heavy-duty foot stand, as it seems no sturdier than the one on the smaller CFMoto models.
My short joy ride was more than just enjoyable. It created a desire for speed, power and performance. The bike handled very well, and I found the breaking on it to be exceptional. It whipped up and down the backstreet with absolute control, good corner, and great stopping distance.
Conclusively, I love this bike. The modernistic styling, the beefy tyres, the great performance and power, CFMoto congratulations you have released a beautiful beast!
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650NK Test Ride at CFMoto Townsville, Townsville.
Wow what a great bike !!!!!!!
I have recently test rode the fantastic CFMoto 650NK and enjoyed it very much. I have just completed my Qride and was after a 650cc that was a real 650cc that has no ECU limiters in it. Before I had a test ride of the 650NK I tried out a few other different bikes ranging from the Suzuki GSX650F lams, Kawasaki KLR650cc and the Kawasaki Ninja 650L ABS which were all OK but just did not feel right for what I was after- the issue for me with these bike was either steering to heavy, bike was overall to heavy or was just to sluggish off the get go.
I then decided I would go into to my local Yamaha Dealer which is Yamaha Moto-sport Townsville QLD to see what they have to offer in the LAMS range after taking there FZ6R for a ride I still was not satified. The salesman suggested I should give the CFMoto 650NK a go. I was a bit wary as I have never heard of the brand before but did like the look of the bike so I thought why not? As soon as I left the yard I enjoyed how smooth it was going through the gears and how much torque there was with in the motor. The more I rode the more I enjoyed! The steering and handling was so light it was a pleasure to ride it- handling well along the highway as well I enjoyed is so much I went back to the shop to ask to take it out again. I went through the city and highways and back to the yard loving every minute of it.
I end up buying it the same day and for the price and the quality I could not complain. I look forward to riding every day so once again I say........
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650NK Test Ride at Close Motorcycles, Redfern.
Ever had the feeling that despite the cold, grey weather, the day ahead was going to turn out to be a good day for riding? I woke up at first light on a chilly Saturday in mid-July, only to be greeted with overcast weather that carried the ominous threat of heavy rain; as if the gods in the skies were not quite sure what to do, and so might dump a deluge in your direction just to pass the time.
No matter, I had a plan and I wasn't about to be dissuaded by a little water. Looking back over a riding career spanning some 25 years, I fondly recall some of the best rides that I have had often involved a bit of rain at some point. Rain or not, today was going to be a first - a testride on a Chinese motorbike. Up until now, motorcycles from China tended to be scooters and small, cheap and spindly commuters with outdated styling and unpronouncable brand names. "You ride a what??"
This was going to be different. The new kid in town, well Australia at least, is a brand called CFMoto, which doesn't have any particular ring to it and I defy anyone not familiar with the brand to guess its origin from the sound of the name alone. Furthermore, nothing in the appearance of the bike looks cheap or nasty. I think that if we are honest with ourselves, how much we like or dislike a particular machine depends to a large degree on its styling and the image that it presents to the world. Remember what your parents told you - first impressions count! Overall, the styling of the 650NK is pretty sharp, with a bright red frame nicely offset by the black tank and side panels. If you think that the bike looks somehow familiar, you could be right - the resemblence to a certain Kawasaki model is a bit close to be passed off as coincidence... Nevertheless, it's not a total clone and, for what it's worth, I think that it's a good-looking bike. As ever, you will need to draw your own conclusions there.
Sitting on the beast, the instruments consist of a small analogue tacho on the left, with a digital face on the right giving speed, mileage and various other useful information. The bars are reasonably high and wide, so this gives the bike an upright riding position which is no bad thing if urban running is where the bike will spend most of its time. Steering lock is generous but at full lock, the bars do come quite close to the tank, so you'd want to be careful that your thumbs don't get caught between the handgrips and the tank. The wide bars and high, diamond-shaped mirrors give an excellent view to the side and to the rear - an important feature on a bike designed for the city. The seat seemed comfortable enough and carrying a pillion also wouldn't be out of the question, as sturdy handles are located under the passenger seat.
"How's she go, mate?" A lot better than you might expect! All of the 650NKs in Sydney at the moment are LAMS compliant - meaning the power to weight ratio must be under a certain percentage. The idea is restrict learners to a certain power limit, but allow a greater variety than the previous 250cc restriction. Hence, a learner of larger build is able to access more suitable machinery size-wise, but still modestly powered. As things stand, this bike produces 41kW in LAMS form, with a little more available in full-powered form. The dealer advised that the difference is only about 3kW, but other sources say the difference is more like 10kW and easily accessed by fitment of the correct ECU. Power is as progressive as you like and with no obvious sudden stop high in the rev range, as you can get with some other restricted bikes. If I hadn't been told beforehand, I would never have picked that the bike I rode was a restricted version. What's more, it's even fairly torquey and not at all difficult to get off the line smartly. You never forget that there is a twin cylinder engine throbbing beneath you but it's a low-frequency vibe and pleasant enough.
A damp road, an unfamiliar bike and weekend inner-city traffic didn't lend themselves to exploring the upper limits of handling prowess, so I must defer to Sir Alan Cathcart in that department but I can report that the bike steered nimbly, didn't shake the bars through some bumpier corners and generally did exactly what it was instructed. Brakes were also just as progressive and, if not quite pin-sharp, were a good fit for the role of the bike and would be less likely to dump a learner through being too strong.
What could be done to make this bike better? Two things - firstly, it would be nice to have ABS on a bike that is aimed squarely at the learner market. Yes, of course this would increase the cost but it would be a worthwhile addition, even if offered as an option. The other thing that would make life easier would be for CFMoto to offer a centrestand; once again, even if only as an optional extra.
The intended market for this motorcycle is obviously the learner market but it seems to me that the bike has enough good points that many learners would be happy to hang on to it for a while, even after their probation period has elapsed. Weighing in at just over 200kg, it probably would suit larger/stronger people better as a first bike. For more experienced riders, it could make a fine urban runabout or commuter. All in all, the bike exceeded my expectations in many areas. If the bikes prove to be the equal of the Japanese opposition in reliability and durability, I predict a big future for CFMoto. If you are in the market for a mid-sized allrounder, this bike deserves consideration.
Many thanks to Daryl and Andrew from Close Motorcycles at Redfern.
Read Bill Dormer's Review
650NK Test Ride at Gawler Motorcycle Centre, Gawler.
On a sunny winters afternoon, temperature in the high teens, I hopped on my motorbike and rode to the Gawler Motorcycle Centre to have a ride on the demonstrator CFMoto 650NK. The bike was a brilliant white colour, with only a few hundred kilometres on the speedo. It fired up at the first touch of the starter button and settled into a smooth idle for a twin cylinder motorcycle. It took a little while to adjust my riding style to a twin cylinder after being on inline 4’s most of my life, it did not take long. The 650NK is very light and easy to control.
It was easy to ride with the flow of traffic, the gearbox is very good, light and positive, a gear indictor would have been handy. After half an hour in traffic and feeling confident in the 650HK I decided to head for the hills. The Chain of Ponds Road through the Adelaide Hills was calling. A few cars slowed me down now and then but generally had a good run. The bike is fun to ride with good handling and good brakes. Any of the cars that got in the way, the 650NK had plenty of power and torque to make passing easy and safe, I was surprised how quick I was riding and how comfortable I was.
On the way back towards the motorcycle shop the roads opened up and the speeds increased, over bumps and around the corners I could not fault the bike, ok maybe a bit better dampening on the rear shocker. The rear shocker may get better with a few miles on the clock. Riding up steep hills with no problems and plenty go power in reserve, coming down one of the hills I open the throttle to about three quarters, and was very surprised by the speed. If this is a LAMS model it would have to be one of the fastest money can buy. The seat height needs to be a bit lower- I am six foot and I could touch the ground but shorter people may have problems. I think the bike is really good for CFMoto’s first effort at a medium capacity motorcycle and would recommend that people take it for a ride and they will be surprised how good it is.
650NK Test Ride at Springwood Suzuki, Springwood.
Hi my name is Bill Dormer, and on Monday 16th of July I tested the new 650NK CFMoto at Springwood Suzuki in Brisbane.
I am genuinely excited that a new budget motorcycle has come onto the Australian market, I love motorcycles and increased competition will always make them more affordable. It really is a good looking machine with very sporty looks similar to a KTM 690 Duke. The fit and finish of all paint and panels was excellent and if they prove to be durable you would be very happy at $7,000 ride away.
Engine performance was better than I expected, sounded great at higher revs and easily left a typically noisy Harley Davidson behind from the traffic lights, that may have been due to my enthusiasm but the CF Moto’s clutch is light and the gear box very slick even with zero km on the trip meter.
My ride was of a limited duration in city traffic and I would have loved to have experienced a few more corners as the bike felt very light and agile. The bike changed direction quickly and steered very naturally. Suspension soaked up the bumps with ease and benefitted from a generous amount of travel which enabled the bike to keep the wheels on the ground over rough ground and pot holes, matched to a comfortable seat the bike gave the impression that you could attempt extended trips. I am looking forward to testing the touring version due out later this year.
While stopped at traffic lights the fumes coming off the still new motor were very unpleasant hopefully this would pass after a few more km, this and the mirrors vibrating excessively at high revs were my only gripes with an otherwise good motorcycle make me think the future looks good.