The CF Moto 650MT is one of three bikes based on a 650cc engine to come from the Chinese manufacturers. The MT is an adventure styled touring bike. And, at first glance it very much looks the part, styled as it is to look tall and robust.
The tank holds 18 litres of fuel. So, while it’s going to result in you stopping a bit more than it would if you were on a bigger touring bike, it’s still more than adequate for a commuter and tourer. The spin we took on the bike two up was relatively short but didn’t challenge the bike in any way. Even over some pretty badly surfaced roads.
The bike on test came with a pair of panniers, which are made for the company by Spanish luggage specialists, Shad. On a wonderfully enjoyable 280 kilometere spin through one of our big winter storms the luggage kept all of the water out. They were so effective I’m pretty sure they will make a highly effective flotation device when the impending environmental disaster slash flooding scenario comes home to roost in earnest in the next few years.
CF Moto 650MT - Bosch EFI System
The bike has fully adjustable suspension on both the front and rear wheels. The seat height is also adjustable, a la most of the BMW range these days. The CF Moto 650MT one that can be used by the overly tall as easily as the petite and beautiful people amongst us.
The clever people from Bosch make an appearance on this bike as well, supplying the EFI system. To that end fuelling is precise and easy in a way that some more expensive bikes could do with learning from. The frame and swing arm are tubular steel affairs and the engine is a fully euro compliant water cooled one. We’re reliably informed that the motor is putting out a little over 70 horses.
As with everything in Europe these days the bike comes with ABS as standard. And a set of those always on LED lights up the front and down the rear. There is even a USB port to charge ones iPhone as well as a clear and easy to read all digital dash. All the usual stuff is there including a rev counter, gear indicator, fuel guage and the rest of the idiot lights. The clocks switch between MPH and KPH. There are two riding modes economy and sport. There is a marked difference between the two.
To say we were impressed would be an understatement. Then when we found out that they were making bikes for KTM it became clearer. They really are this good. The fleet is available to test ride from Franklin Motorcycles. Give Nicole a call on 015385005 and get yourself booked in for a test ride. Maeve's kit is from Lindstrands and is also available from Franklin in both ladies and gentlemens cuts.
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