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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

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.

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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.

CCM FT35S (2005-current)

Detail Value
New price £5,442
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Engine size 398 cc
Power 45 bhp
Top speed 93 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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

Insurance group: 9 of 17

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Model History

2005: CCM FT35S motorcycle introduced

Other Versions

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

Specifications

Top speed 93 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.4 secs
Max power 45 bhp
Max torque 30 ft-lb
Weight 118 kg
Seat height 795 mm
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 100 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 398 cc
Engine specification 4v single, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
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 4.5(2 reviews)

  • first mot

    ken00knight

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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!!!

    08 March 2010

  • flatracker review

    wayden

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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.

    16 June 2008

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