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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

CCM’S 604 came in a wide variety of styles; from supermoto to green laner to roadster. But mechanically each one was essentially the same hardy Rotax motor and quality suspension propelling an oil-in-the-frame chassis. Although they made way for the Suzuki-engined 644 in 2003 the older 604 is still a good, cheap motorcycle providing you look after it.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The SOHC, oil and air-cooled Rotax motor of the CCM 604 is generally very reliable, with wide service intervals. It’s surprisingly smooth for a single cylinder and servce intervals are an easy 3000 miles apart (more hardcore supermotos often need oil changes after every 150-500 miles of use…). There’s plenty of scope for tuning, too, with over 60bhp easily available.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The CCM 604's WP shock and 46mm Paioli forks are excellent; supple and sophisticated enough to cope with on and off-road with little need to twiddle. The Dual Sport (DS) has taller suspension than the Supermoto and Roadster variants to facilitate the use of off-road wheels. The Brembo brakes are excellent and have no problems hauling down the 604’s 132 kilos.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 1
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

The CCM 604 is minimalistic at best. The lights are poor, there’s no tacho, not even any handguards as standard. On the plus side you do get an electric start and all the plastics are cheap to replace should you drop it.

CCM 604 (1998-2002)

Detail Value
Engine size 598 cc
Power 52 bhp
Top speed 105 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 1 rating is 2.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Although the CCM 604's Rotax motor is intrinsically reliable there have been a few odd issues with the cambelts and cam pulleys, most should have been solved by now, though. A more common fault is the sprag clutch – which identifies itself as knackered with an unpleasant noise when turning over, or mechanical ‘clanks’ when off. Check exhaust lugs for breaks and lock stops for damage.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

These days good condition CCM 604s can be bought for well under £2000, making them a good buy, especially if you’re mechanically minded. Find a CCM 604 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

1998: CCM 604E DS (Dual Sport) introduced – two sets of wheels, one off-road, plus one pair of 17-inchers to convert it to a supermoto.
2002: CCM 604 discontinued.

Other Versions

CCM 604 E Supermoto: Introduced at the same time as the DS and very similar bar lower, dedicated, road suspension.
CCM 604 RS: Mechincally identical to the Supermoto but with strange, swoopy bodywork similar to BMW’s F650CS.

Specifications

Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.8 secs
Max power 52 bhp
Max torque 36 ft-lb
Weight 132 kg
Seat height 860 mm
Fuel capacity 13.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 598 cc
Engine specification 4v single, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Front brakes Single 320mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/60 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/60 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(2 reviews)

  • Its a good laugh

    dazzawra

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    I bought my 2001 6000mile 604DS as a winter hack. What a laugh. Its so light and really is the best in traffic bike I`ve ever ridden. You can`t help riding like a bit of a loon, and its excellent in the wet. You find grip where no-one else can and show up sports bikes. Downsides are its crap on a straight road and over a long distance. Reliability has been poor. New piston rings at 7000 miles, electrics have failed twice......but do I care! What a laugh, but I`m glad I`ve also got a proper bike.

    18 May 2007

  • CCM's Kick Ass - can make a few big sports bike owners face turn a funny colour.

    kwack636

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Always owned big sports bikes...R1, Hayabusa, ZX12r, ZX636r. Got fed up with owning bikes that can only be used when the weather man says so. Sold my R1 and spent half the money made on a CCM 604e in grey. Came fully loaded with all extras. Fairly happy with bike and only changed tyres from O.E dragons for pair of Continental CONTI-TWISTS, much better tyres. Exhaust not the most neighbour freindly, but what the hell, they would moan if I owned a milk float. With a bit of clutch snapping you can wrench the front wheel into the clouds in second gear, and hold it there for hours. Anyone out there thinking of getting a CCM should borrow one, take it out to the most twisty part of the country they can find, and jam the throttle wide open... You will be hooked!!!! Strengths: Looks, funfactor, sheer growl under load, cornering and lifting the front wheel. Weaknesses: Can be bit noisy, tyres can be bit pricy and would not want to travel europe on one.

    29 April 2006

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