CCM FT35S (2005-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"The bastard offspring of a supermoto and a flat-tracker"

CCM FT35S motorcycle review - Riding

"The bastard offspring of a supermoto and a flat-tracker"

  • At a glance
  • 398cc  -  45 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  100 miles range
  • Medium seat height (795mm)
  • £5,442

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

The CCM FT35S was built as the bastard offspring of a supermoto motorcycle and a flat-track racing motorcycle comes the road-legal beauty from Britain’s own CCM. Stopping just this side of total two-wheeled self-indulgence the CCM FT35S is for folk who make statements and act the goat with no thought for such dreary irrelevances as practicality or comfort.

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

With its colossal, fully-adjustable 48mm WP forks and fully-adjustable WP shock there’s little the CCM FT35S can’t handle. It’s stable over bumps, turns quickly and feels light and controlled. The motorcycle's riding position doesn’t lend itself to motorways, obviously, but neither does the motor. The two-piston Brembo brakes and 320mm front disc work well together, but with just 118kg of CCM FT35S to pull up that’s not surprise.

Engine 3 out of 5

The 398cc, DOHC single in the CCM FT35S comes from the Suzuki DR-Z 400S.Only in this motorcycle it feels much more alive, thanks to some clever gearing (if you’ve got £450 the factory will sell you a big bore 450cc kit for your CCM FT35S or for £1600 you can swap it in for a special 499cc ‘race’ motor). The CCM FT35S' gears are slick and the motorcycle always pulls cleanly and keenly.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The CCM motorcycle company has recently been reborn under new management after it went under in 2004, garnering a reputation for poor quality control as it went. This shouldn’t affect the CCM FT35S, which benefits from low production volumes and greater attention to detail. The constituent components are high quality on the CCM FT35S.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

There have been very few CCM FT35S' made, so prices are likely to remain high for years to come. Some motorcycles have been raced, so check carefully if you're looking at a secondhand CCM FT35S. Find a CCM FT35S for sale.

Insurance group: 9 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The spec of the kit screwed on to the CCM FT35S' frame is impressive – there’s an Acumen digital dash, a lovely ally tank, a variety of colours to have your CCM FT35S painted in and you can specify the wheel sizes on new motorcycles.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their CCM FT35S (2005-on) 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 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

first mot

08 March 2010 by ken00knight

Well 3 years of giving it stick and it still has the vitality of an eager puppy. What a bike, this is how bikes should be, all the fun and no trouble!!! Read more

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

flatracker review

16 June 2008 by wayden

handles like a mountain bike revs to 10,500rpm exellent for wheelies unique looks but mior flaws such as easily broken speedo bracket and quick rusting front brake disc. Read more

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

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued -
New price £5,442
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 45 bhp
Max torque 30 ft-lb
Top speed 93 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.4 secs
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 100 miles
Specification
Engine size 398cc
Engine type 4v single, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Seat height 795mm
Bike weight 118kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
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

2005: CCM FT35S motorcycle introduced

Other versions

CCM FT35RS: Factory-spec race motorcycle with bigger, flat-track wheels and a 450cc motor.

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