Our long term 2021 CFMOTO 650MT is sitting at just under 2000km and has been a daily rider for Nick on his commute, plus has been used for some awesome weekend fun!
I’ve been enjoying our CFMOTO 650MT since late April and I’m seriously impressed with what it has to offer. So far I’ve mainly been riding it to and from Uni a few times a week (200km) and it has been a blast both on and off the freeway. We just had the first service done as well.
The engine has loosened up over the first 1000km and the gearshifts are much smoother. It has proved super comfortable so far and has done wonders for my lower back after riding a little CBR500 for so long. The upright position, plus wide and tall ‘bars, have been fantastic for me at 197cm tall.
There has been a whole lot of interest and stares at the bike when parked up and everyone has seemed a little confused as to what it is. They’re often surprised when I say it’s a CFMOTO and it’s only eight grand ride away. Being a KISKA design, it looks a lot more expensive than it is.
While most of the rides have been commutes on the M1, I have had the chance to push it a couple of times up on my local roads and on a few weekend trips. It’s not quite as agile and nimble as some of the other LAMS bikes I’ve ridden of course but is very capable and stable. Handling is smooth and comfortable and the bike wants to lean, but lean at a rate that leaves you feeling secure.
There are no twitches or wobbles and there is that feeling of security and stability that I love in a well-balanced bike. It’s not the fastest, but the 650cc engine has plenty of bottom-end grunt, which I’m assuming will come in nice and handy on the dirt soon. I know I’ve only had it for a 1000km or so, but I can’t stop raving about this thing! It’s just good!
The first service was done after the 1000km run-in, 1337km to be exact, and I took it up to the latest CFMOTO dealership in NSW, Fraser Motorcycles Newcastle, for them to sort it all out for me. The customer service was great and the bike has been running like a Swiss watch since…
The initial service was $255 inc GST and we provided oil – it involved the following:
- Inspection of fuel lines and system.
- Inspection of all lights and electrical switches and fuses.
- Oil and filter replacement (we ran a Castrol Power 1 10W-40 semi-synthetic that helps for the initial run in, we’ll swap to a full synthetic at about 6000km!
- Throttle cable adjustment (this was a small issue we had noticed, and it was quite sloppy after the first 1000km and meant that blips on any downshifts were quite difficult, a quick adjustment by Dillon and it was spot on!
- Full inspection of brakes, hoses, pads, and discs.
- Front forks and rear shock inspection.
- Coolant, fan, and hose check.
- Steering-head bearing adjustment.
- Tyres, chain and sprocket inspection and tension/adjustment.
- Fault code check. We also had an adjustment and re-fit of the handlebars to straighten them out.
All in all, it took about two hours. This would be quicker if Jeff and I weren’t there taking photos and chatting away. Our Technician, Dylan, was thorough and enthusiastic, he was super knowledgable and did an awesome job for us with the service as well as sorting a few small issues with the handlebars and throttle. Service Advisor Josh looked after us well and made sure everything was as easy as possible. Contact the Fraser CFMOTO workshop on (02) 4935 9800 to make a booking or email the friendly team at email@example.com
So far, I could not be more stoked with the value for money this bike provides. As we’ve got the street tyres on it, I haven’t had much of a chance to get it off the tarmac, however, we’ve got some goodies in store for it. I’ve already worn out the back tyre and we have a set of Avon TrailRider tyres on the way.
On the way for our long termer:
Some solid adventure tyres from Avon and some SHAD hard panniers and mounting kit and a washable performance Unifilter airfilter from the Genuine Accessories list for the CFMOTO 650MT.
CFMOTO 650MT WISH LIST:
Custom Seat (Taller)
2021 CFMOTO PROJECT 650MT ABS Specifications
Price: $7490 Ride-Away
Warranty: Two years/unlimited kilometre (currently extended to three years)
Colours: Athens Blue or Nebula White
Claimed power: 41.5kw [55.6hp]@9,500rpm (LAMS Restricted)
Claimed torque: 62Nm [45.72ftlb]@7,000rpm
Dry weight: 213kg
Fuel capacity: 18L
Engine: Liquid-cooled, DOHC, eight-valve, parallel-twin four-stroke, 180-degree crankshaft, 649.3cc, Bosch Fuel injection, dual 38mm throttles bodies Gearbox: Six speed
Clutch: Multiplate wet Final drive: Sealed chain
Chassis: Tubular steel diamond frame employing engine as fully-stressed member, extruded steel swingarm with tubular steel bracing
Suspension: USD fork, adjustable, travel 140mm, cantilever monoshock, preload adjustable, travel 145mm
Brakes: Continental ABS, dual 300mm steel rotors, twin-piston calipers, 240mm rear rotor, single-piston caliper
Wheels & Tyres: 120/70ZR17, 3.5 x 17 MT alloy (f) and 160/60ZR17, 4.5 x 17 MT alloy (r) CST
Seat height: 840mm
Instruments: LCD display