CFMoto 650 NK | First Ride

Game Changer

By Alan Cathcart, Photography by Stephen Piper

Tech Spec

A knock-off of Kawasaki’s ER-6N, made in China and sold for less money.
ATK GT650, Ducati Monster 696, Hyosung GT650, Kawasaki Ninja 650, Triumph Street Triple, Yamaha FZ8

Price na
Engine type l-c parallel-twin
Valve train DOHC, 8v
Displacement 649cc
Bore x stroke 83.0 x 60.0mm
Compression 11.3:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 69.7 bhp @ 8500 rpm
Claimed torque 45.7 lb.-ft. @ 7000 rpm
Frame Tubular-steel perimeter
Front suspension Kayaba 41mm fork
Rear suspension Kayaba shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brake CFMoto two-piston calipers, 300mm discs
Rear brake CFMoto single-piston caliper, 225mm disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 CST Radial
Rear tire 160/60ZR-17 CST Radial
Rake/trail 24.5°/na
Seat height 31.3 in.
Wheelbase 55.7 in.
Fuel capacity 4.5 gal.
Claimed curb weight 454 lbs
Colors Black, white
Available na
Warranty na
Contact CFMoto USA
3555 Holly Lane N. Suite #30
Plymouth, MN 55447
Verdict: 3 out of 5 stars
The 650 NK is great for consumers, but unfortunate for competing Asian and European manufacturers!

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WE have just ridden the new CFMoto 650 TR across China (12,000 kilometers). Review at our site  Also review of the KTM 990 Adventure that we rode from South Africa to UK
It will be interesting to see how this bike is priced when it hits the US. Australia MSRP is $5990, $6990 for the TR, the fully faired touring version. With the ER6N pulled from the US (seems we don't like nakeds unless they are dual purpose), the direct comparison is to the $7600 Ninja 650 or the similarly priced Yamaha FZ6R. With no apparent dealer network, no known history of reliability, and a bias against nakeds, it may be a tough sell, and the faired version is not a deal compared to a discounted (and much sportier looking) Nina or Yamaha.
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