CCM 644 DUAL SPORT (2002 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The CCM 644E Trail is a versatile Suzuki-powered single-cylinder thumper can turn from greenlaning motorcycle to supermoto motorcycle in just 15 minutes thanks to a simple swap of wheels. It’s loud, tough, cheap secondhand and great fun providing you steer clear of long straights and pillions.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The CCM 644E is nicely balanced both on and off-road, though at higher speeds (over 80mph)on tarmac the motorcycle's tall wheels begin to feel vague in corners. The Brembo brakes are excellent and probably offer too much power on the dirt. The CCM 644E's WP suspension works well in either environment with plenty of adjustability available.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The CCM 644E's oil/air cooled SOHC lump produces 50bhp – which might not sound like a lot, but when your motorcycle is geared low for off-road use it’s more than enough, especially when you finally leave the tarmac and turn onto the rough stuff. The CCM 644E doesn’t vibrate too much and is very reliable compared to rival motorcycles.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
While the components on the CCM 644E are from some of the names in the business the quality control at CCM has historically been poor – welds snap, bolts sheer and exhaust header pipes crack. CCM 644E's made between 2003-2004 are particularly prone to problems.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
After some well-reported financial problems in 2004, when the CCM factory essentially went bust, consumer confidence in the motorcycles plunged. Secondhand prices are at near giveaway levels, making them excellent value for money. Spares are widely available for the CCM 644E too, which somewhat offsets the iffy quality. Find a CCM 644E for sale.
On one hand you get top names like WP (suspension), Acerbis (plastics), Renthal (bars) and so on with a CCM 644E. On the other the dash is small and hard to read. That’s quirky hand-built British motorcycles for you…
|Engine type||4v single, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||13 litres|
|Front suspension||Compression, Rebound|
|Rear suspension||Compression, Rebounnd|
|Front brake||Single 260mm disc|
|Rear brake||220mm disc|
|Front tyre size||90/90 x 21|
|Rear tyre size||120/90 x 18|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||40 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||53 bhp|
|Max torque||38 ft-lb|
|Top speed||110 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||13.7 secs|
|Tank range||115 miles|
Model history & versions
Apr 2002: CCM 644E Dual Sport launched.
CCM 644E Supermoto: The same bike bar some 17-inch rims and a bigger, 320mm, front disc.
Owners' reviews for the CCM 644 DUAL SPORT (2002 - on)
2 owners have reviewed their CCM 644 DUAL SPORT (2002 - 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Great fun .
Bit viby bit good strong engine
Only had for year ,puts a smile on my face every time a ride it . Done a few adjustments like raising carb needles to get ride of flat spot .Not my only bike but love it considering I bought it for winter hack.
Do my own servicing ,easy to work on
Buying experience: Good value as a 2nd fun bike
Version: 644 ds
Would not recommend. Think it was the worst vehicle I ever owned. very good looking tho.
Don't even try pillion for more than half an hour. My spine was not in the best of health after i did it. Front breaks are awesome and rear were pretty good i guess.
I am a fully qualified mechanic so did it myself but what i would say is spare parts are very very pricey and difficult to get from a limited number of places.
The engine in mine was the more favoured version however Suzuki decided its a good idea to not have any thing holding the front sprocket seal in place from factory and so mine fell out ON A BEND. I was only riding slow so I did not fall off but that was just luck. oil all over the road and my rear tire and rear breaks. This fault is the same on the DRZ i believe.
Buying experience: £1400