CCM 604 DUAL SPORT (1998-2002) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Still a good, cheap motorcycle providing you look after it"

CCM 604 motorcycle review - Riding

"Still a good, cheap motorcycle providing you look after it"

  • At a glance
  • 598cc  -  52 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  120 miles range
  • High seat height (860mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 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 & Running Costs 4 out of 5

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 group: 11 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 1 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their CCM 604 DUAL SPORT (1998-2002) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 2.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Its a good laugh

18 May 2007 by dazzawra

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 1 out of 5
5 out of 5

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

29 April 2006 by kwack636

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1998
Year discontinued 2002
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 52 bhp
Max torque 36 ft-lb
Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.8 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Specification
Engine size 598cc
Engine type 4v single, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 13.5 litres
Seat height 860mm
Bike weight 132kg
Front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake Single 320mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/60 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/60 x 17

History & Versions

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.

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