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CF MOTO 650MT (2019-on) Review

Published: 02 January 2020

Updated: 02 January 2020

The CFMoto 650MT is a really pleasant and good-looking middleweight

Cornering on the CFMoto 650MT

The CFMoto 650MT is a really pleasant and good-looking middleweight

  • At a glance
  • 649cc  -  60.4 bhp
  • 50.1 mpg  -  200 miles range
  • Medium seat height (840mm)
  • New: £5,499

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

It is easy to write-off the CFMoto 650MT as just another cheap Chinese bike that shouldn’t be considered over a more premium Japanese equivalent.

However, in the world of the commuter where every penny counts, the MT is worth a second look. Unlike some Chinese brands, CFMoto have an expanding UK dealer network and an established spares supply, which is reassuring – not to mention a two-year warranty.

Although some will always shun Chinese bikes, those that ignore their prejudices and try out the 650MT may well find their minds changed. It is a really pleasant and good-looking middleweight.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

After 264.5 miles aboard the CFMoto with no major fuss or drama, we reach our destination  without any aches or pains, which is testament to its long-distance comfort. In the bends, it also feels quite sporty and engaging, without sacrificing practicality. One missing screen knob aside, it has all gone to plan.

Cornering on the CFMoto 650MT

Engine 3 out of 5

The 650MT is powered by a motor that bears more than a passing resemblance to Kawasaki’s ER-6 parallel twin, but it’s lacking in grunt. Maybe CFMoto have had to strangle it to meet Euro4 or maybe they’re just playing it safe.

In top gear it feels lazy and also devoid of the mid-range punch you expect on a parallel twin, so much so you really have to work its gearbox to compensate, often dropping as low as third to overtake cars doing 50mph, which leads to a frustrating ride.

CFMoto 650MT parallel-twin engine

Altering the power mode does nothing to cure it either, and swapping from 'Touring' to 'Sport' during our ride does precisely nothing... aside from alter what is written on the dash.

Also adding to the frustration is the throttle, which has way too much turn in the twist-grip. That said, the brush guards give you loads of confidence to attack small gaps!

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

When a Chinese company launches a new bike under its own name, there is a knee-jerk reaction of distrust from the buying public.

However, there are a few things that you should know about CFMoto. Yes, they are a Chinese company, but they are also a huge global business who alongside their bikes make quads, ATVs and other motorised vehicles.

When it comes to their two-wheeled side, CFMoto are serious players and as well as employing KISKA design to style their models (the same firm KTM work with), alongside their own bikes they build engines for KTM.

They have 20 UK dealers, but are looking to expand this to 40 by the end of 2020. To put that into context, KTM have 37 dealers, Triumph 49, Ducati 30 and Honda 78.

So hardly a flash-in-the-pan company and one that can certainly afford to invest in their bikes, which is the impression you get when you look at the 650MT. There's also a two year warranty, too. 

That said, despite the impressive CV, during our ride, the CFMoto's screen adjuster knob did come off. 

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The CFMoto is great value. Priced at £5499, it represents a saving of £1600 over a standard Japanese-built Honda NC750X, which is a chunk towards an annual fuel bill. It's also £300 cheaper than CFMoto's own 650GT

Although it lacks traction control, the 650MT still delivers 50mpg as well as coming with an all-day comfortable riding position and even crash bars and pannier mounts as standard.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Styling-wise the 650MT looks fresh and cool and in no way cheap. You get fully-adjustable inverted forks, twin front wavey discs, engine protection bars, pannier mounts as standard, a USB port and even an adjustable screen. True, the dash is a bit basic, but it still has all the necessary info.

CFMoto LCD dashboard

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2019
Year discontinued -
New price £5,499
Used price -
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 60.4 bhp
Max torque 45.8 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 50.1 mpg
Tank range 200 miles
Specification
Engine size 649cc
Engine type 8v DOHC parallel twin
Frame type Tubular steel diamond
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 840mm
Bike weight 218kg
Front suspension Fully-adjustable inverted forks
Rear suspension Monoshock, fully-adjustable.
Front brake 2 x 300mm wave discs, two-piston calipers. ABS
Rear brake 240mm disc, one-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70x17
Rear tyre size 160/60x17

History & Versions

Model history

2019 – Model introduced in the UK

Other versions

650NK – Naked version
650GT – Sports touring version

Both use the same basic engine and chassis

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  • Cornering on the CFMoto 650MT
  • CFMoto 650MT dash
  • The engine feels like an older Kawasaki ER-6 motor
  • CFMoto logo
  • Riding the CFMoto 650MT
  • The CFMoto 650MT screen is adjustable
  • CFMoto 650MT shock
  • CFMoto 650MT switchgear
  • The CFMoto 650MT has too much turn in the twist grip
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