CCM R30 (2001-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Comes in two versions with two different wheel options"

CCM R30 motorcycle review - Riding

"Comes in two versions with two different wheel options"

  • At a glance
  • 644cc  -  44 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  80 miles range
  • Medium seat height (815mm)
  • £5,028

Overall Rating 2 out of 5

The CCM R30 comes in two versions with two different wheel options. First there’s the older motorcycles with the Austrian made Rotax motor made until mid-2002, then there’s the Suzuki XF650 Freewind-powered version made from then on. You can chose between cast or spoked wheels – the spoked ones arguably look better and work better when using the motorcycle off-road, but you’ll need to run tubes in the wheels.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

All the CCM R30 needs is some sticky tyres and the fully adjustable WP forks, shock and narrow seat will let nothing come between you and a ridiculous angle of lean. Except piles should you prosecute very long rides very often. The four-piston Brembos offer great braking with both power and feel. Now you can add stoppies to your motorcycle stunt repertoire.

Engine 4 out of 5

The older Rotax 598cc motor in early CCM R30 motorcycles can be tweaked for more power, but the 644cc Suzuki item in later motorcycles is more reliable – and there’s big bore kit available, too. Both SOHC lumps are quite smooth for single-cylinders. The later CCM R30’s gearbox is noticeably slicker, too and its service intervals are a whopping 4000 miles apart. Avoid motorways like the plague.

Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5

CCM motorcycles built between 2002 and 2004 (when they went briefly bust) don’t enjoy the best reputation for reliability and quality control. Swingarms pit, frames rust, base gaskets go (a fault addressed by Suzuki but not, apparently, passed on by CCM), exhaust welds snap and, rarely, the shock mount snaps at the swingarm.

Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5

Post-2005 motorcycles are much better built and the only CCM R30s that make the grade as a broadly worry-free purchase. If you’re mechanically competent and can pick one up for a good price then you can be more confident about earlier motorcycles, but otherwise it’s better to save your cash. Find a CCM R30 for sale.

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

Equipment 3 out of 5

The CCM R30's componentry is top drawer, but there’s little else to embellish the CCM R30 – after all strict minimalism is sine qua non to the supermoto motorcycle role.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their CCM R30 (2001-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 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Awsum Machine:)))

18 June 2012 by nigemac

I have been riding for over 30 years and owned the usual ZXRs, GSXR, VFRs, then swapped to a KTM 2 years ago which got me hooked on the single pot supermoto thumper! Not being entirely happy with the KTM , I spotted a 2005 R30 (not having... Read more heard of CCM before) and fell for it -- I stuck on a new end can, got it re geared and jetted and wow- not a cliche to say a grin is on my face every time. It sounds awsum, handles far better that the sports bikes ever did -- ok not as high top speed but you are missing the point if you get one of these-- its a bike for riding and sheer enjoyment on A and B roads where it come into its element. Build quality on this one is excellent and gear change is slick -- and another thign--no one else seems to have one at the main biker haunts and it always draws admirers standing out against the crowd of R1s. It starts first time everytime and always turns heads The only gripe is there is no trip (but have added a bicycle one to avoid running out of fuel!) --oh and the revometer is twice the size of the speedometer - but hey its a querky bri't CCM and thats why I like it so much!! Its Just a shame they stopped making the R30 so will I have to keep this one going for some time as no one else makes anything like it!

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 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Great used buy!

18 January 2008 by garfieldpez

What a great bike, a punchy engine, blistering handling (WP suspention all round cheers) and great looks. As long as you look after it and pray you get one with the uprated lower gasket (suzuki)there arnt alot of problems. As for value i paid £2300... Read more for an 04 model with 850 miles on the clock!! AMAZING 5 STARS

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

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2001
Year discontinued -
New price £5,028
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 44 bhp
Max torque 38 ft-lb
Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.7 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 80 miles
Specification
Engine size 644cc
Engine type 4v single, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 9 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 137kg
Front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake Single 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/60x17
Rear tyre size 150/60x17

History & Versions

Model history

2001: Rotax powered CCM R30 released.
2002: Suzuki XF650 Freewind –engined CCM R30 replaces the 604cc CCM R30.

 

Other versions

CCM R30T: Cheaper, track-biased version.
CCM R30S: Special edition with carbon fibre fittings.
CCM R30 710: Factory big-bore kit version; superior power and torque.

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