Fancy a Chinese?

Published: 20 December 2016

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Bargain bikes from China make buying a brand new machine more affordable than opting for second-hand.

Far Eastern manufacturer CFMoto have discounted the price on some of their already bargain-priced bikes, meaning now you can have a brand new model for the price of a 10-year-old Japanese equivalent. Branded under the name of UK importer WK Bikes, thousands of pounds have been slashed from the RRP of the 650TR touring bike, the 650i naked and the learner-legal ZS125 roadster in order to clear stock ahead of the arrival of a fresh batch of Euro4 compliant machines in early 2017.

WK dealers in the UK are now selling the Chinese brand’s flagship touring bike – the 650TR – for as little as £2999, a saving of £2200 on the original RRP and one that puts it in the same price bracket as a used, 10-year-old Honda NT700V Deauville.

The 69bhp parallel-twin-powered tourer boasts a stylish fairing, protective screen and 60 litres of luggage carrying capacity in its hard, waterproof, lockable panniers. It also comes with two glovebox compartments inside the cockpit and a 12v power point, an adjustable screen, LED lights, KYB suspension and more than a passing resemblance to Honda’s Pan European.

The CFMoto 649cc parallel-twin engine is a very similar design to the motor inside Kawasaki’s ER6, and features Magneti Marelli fuel injection powered by a Ducati Energia ECU to create its 69bhp and 45.72ftlb of torque.

All WK bikes are fully supported by a dedicated UK importer so there’s full spares back up, as well as a two-year parts and labour warranty, meaning you can buy with confidence. Currently there isn’t much in the way of factory-fit accessories, but other than a pair of heated grips, the 650TR is so well spec’d that you wouldn’t want for much extra.

Availability is limited with only a few 650TRs currently left in UK dealers, so you’ll have to be quick if you want to bag a bargain. A list of dealerships can be found at www.wkbikes.com

New Chinese vs used Japanese

Tourers: For £2999 you could have…

2016 WK 650TR - Price: £2999

Miles: 0

Warranty: 24-month manufacturer parts and labour

Engine: 649cc parallel-twin cylinder

Power: 69bhp

Wet weight: 230kg

Fuel tank/MPG: 17.5 litres/50mpg

OR…

2007 Honda NT700V Deauville - Price: £2999

Miles: 43,111

Warranty: three-month dealer

Engine: 680cc V-twin

Power: 64bhp

Wet weight: 239kg

Fuel tank/MPG: 19.5 litres/55mpg

Naked middleweights: For £3299 you could have…

2016 WK 650i - Price: £3299

Miles: 0

Warranty: 24-month manufacturer parts and labour

Engine: 649cc parallel-twin cylinder

Power: 69bhp

Wet weight: 220kg

Fuel tank/MPG: 17.5 litres/50mpg

OR…

2012 Kawasaki ER-6n - Price: £3299

Miles: 8100

Warranty: three-month dealer warranty

Engine: 649cc parallel-twin cylinder

Power: 70bhp

Wet weight: 204kg

Fuel tank/MPG: 16 litres/47mpg

 

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