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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The CCM 640 comes in three versions – the 640 RS is a roadster with swoopy bodywork, there’s a Dual Sport version with taller suspension and off-road wheels and then there’s the more popular Supermoto, with more traditional, off-road style panels and numberboard-style front fairing. All that separates CCM’s 640 machines from their 604-designated counterparts is a wider cylinder bore.

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The CCM 640's SOHC, air/oil-cooled Austrian-made Rotax motor is generally very reliable. It has a widely-spaced service interval (3000 miles) and it responds to tuning very well. It’s easy to ride and the greater displacement makes it a more rewarding ride than its smaller, 598cc, sibling. Off-road it’s a bit of a handful – there’s just too much power and weight for novice riders on all but the simplest trails.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The CCM 640'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 (though the Supermoto wheels also fit). The Brembo brakes are excellent and have no problems hauling down the 640’s 132 kilos.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 2

The CCM 640 has little in the way of creature comforts – no fuel guage or tacho, the headlight’s poor and other than an race-style exhaust there are few factory supplied aftermarket bits available.

CCM 640 Supermoto (1999-2000)

Detail Value
Engine size 636 cc
Power 60 bhp
Top speed 105 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 2
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 3
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

CCM went bust in 2004, largely as a result of churning out very poorly constructed bikes in its last couple of years. The spares pool is good and the factory is back in action, but some of the post-2002 motorcycles are very poor – plagued by poor welds and mechanical gremlins.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The CCM 640 is so cheap they almost qualify as winter hacks. They’re great to ride and providing you’re mechanically-minded worth a punt. Find a CCM 640 supermoto for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

1999: CCM 640 Supermoto introduced – 17-inch rims, WP shock, Paoili forks, Remus can and Brembo brakes.
2000: CCM 640 discontinued.

 

Other Versions

CCM 640 Dual Sport Introduced at the same time as the Supermoto and very similar bar taller, off-road suspension.
CCM 640 RS: Mechanically identical to the Supermoto but with strange, swoopy bodywork similar to BMW’s F650CS.

Specifications

Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.4 secs
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 40 ft-lb
Weight 132 kg
Seat height 860 mm
Fuel capacity 13.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 125 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 636 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(1 review)

  • What a blast

    fossil

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Everything that's wrong with this machine is soon forgotten when you get on the country lanes, dodgy electrics don't matter, build quality don't matter, the grin factor matters !

    02 July 2008

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