CCM R30 (2001 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Annual servicing cost: £120
Power: 44 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.1 in / 815 mm)
Weight: Low (302 lbs / 137 kg)


New £5,028
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
2 out of 5 (2/5)

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

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
1 out of 5 (1/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
2 out of 5 (2/5)

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.


3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £120
New price £5,028
Used price -
Insurance group 11 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 44 bhp
Max torque 38 ft-lb
Top speed 105 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 13.7 secs
Tank range 80 miles

Model 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.

Owners' reviews for the CCM R30 (2001 - on)

4 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.

Review your CCM R30 (2001 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Engine: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 3.5 out of 5 (3.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £120
5 out of 5 Best bike I have owned for fun
28 September 2018 by rotax636 nut

Version: Supermoto Rotax 604 engine

Year: 2002

Annual servicing cost: £180

I've had over 40 bikes and the R30 604 Rotax has the most fun factor out of any of them, I have installed a 676cc engine with 80 hp and the bike handles the extra power with ease, the low down power/torque is like nothing I've ever known, I live to ride the bike, it's totally addictive, I'd recommend one of these bikes to anyone with reasonably long legs. Worst feature is poor long distance comfort due to the narrow seat.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Due to the light weight and the massive front disc the stopping power is truly incredible

Engine 5 out of 5

Totally tuneable engine, you can have 80 hp is you want which in a 135kg bike is f***ing fast

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I've never had a breakdown on the road and the bike has been reliable

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Oil, filters, new chain and sprockets and timing belt, I do the work myself

Equipment 4 out of 5

Instrumentation is minimal and the speedo and rev counter are not very accurate

Buying experience: Dealer, got mine at a great price considering the mileage and the condition

4 out of 5 CCM R30 the truth
09 December 2017 by Spiderpig

Version: 644 ds

Year: 2003

Annual servicing cost: £50

A right hoon around town and on country roads, it's not a race bike or Tourer so no high speed distance riding, longer rides, (80 miles +) take a spare arse with you, you'll need it believe me I've been there! Keep up with the spanner work and the bikes are good, they do need looking after or you will get problems! Keep them clean, oiled up and greased for an easier ccm life. They have got a bad for reliability but most do get totally abused with little maintenance, so choose wisely when buying!

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

regular stops required, mainly for fuel due to a very small tank, don't take a pillion at all, just don't do it!

Engine 4 out of 5

Strong motor on 644, not overly powerful but plenty good enough for the use intended

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Build quality is not the best, rust and electrical problems are common but easily permanently cured with a little time and common sense! Worth the trouble overall.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Service it yourself for about fifty quid a year excluding tires!

Equipment 4 out of 5

all White power, so good stuff!

Buying experience: Bought for £1500 with 4500 genuine miles on the clock, grubby but sound bike. Took a couple of weekends to clean and Service, now sound as a pound runs/rides great!

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 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!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 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 for an 04 model with 850 miles on the clock!! AMAZING 5 STARS

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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