CCM FT35S (2005 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||4v single, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||11 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||45 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£44|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||45 bhp|
|Max torque||30 ft-lb|
|Top speed||93 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||13.4 secs|
|Tank range||100 miles|
Model history & versions
2005: CCM FT35S motorcycle introduced
CCM FT35RS: Factory-spec race motorcycle with bigger, flat-track wheels and a 450cc motor.
Owners' reviews for the CCM FT35S (2005 - on)
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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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!!!
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.