CCM 640RS SUPERMOTO (1999-2000) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"The spares pool is good and the factory is back in action, but some of the post-2002 motorcycles are very poor"

CCM 640 Supermoto motorcycle review - Riding

"The spares pool is good and the factory is back in action, but some of the post-2002 motorcycles are very poor"

  • At a glance
  • 636cc  -  60 bhp
  • 41 mpg  -  125 miles range
  • High seat height (860mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 3 out of 5

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

Equipment 2 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their CCM 640RS SUPERMOTO (1999-2000) 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 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
4 out of 5

What a blast

02 July 2008 by fossil

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 ! Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1999
Year discontinued 2000
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 40 ft-lb
Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.4 secs
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 125 miles
Specification
Engine size 636cc
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

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.

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