Chi­nese take­away tourer de­liv­ers

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Any­one of above-aver­age height in New Zealand terms is go­ing to have to ride this bike with their knees splayed out into the wind, and will feel equally cramped by the high po­si­tion­ing of the rider’s foot­pegs. The lat­ter do help the CFMOTO achieve more sporty han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics than most sport­s­tour­ers how­ever, and the 650TR is an en­joy­able bike to chuck around with its light and neu­tral steer­ing. Kayaba sus­pen­sion and Cheng Shin rub­ber also en­hance the bike’s prow­ess on twisty roads. The for­mer might lack any ad­just­ment up front and pos­sess only the abil­ity to tweak spring preload at the back, but it did feel well-di­alled in for a rider of my 75kg fully-suited-up weight. As for the tyres, ini­tial scep­ti­cism soon gave way to near-to­tal trust as they han­dled ev­ery­thing that a storm-rav­aged back road could chuck at them. All that’s miss­ing here is a bit more brake per­for­mance. CFMOTO’s in­house calipers and petal-edged discs look the busi­ness but the sys­tem could ben­e­fit from bet­ter mas­ter cylin­der cal­i­bra­tion. At $9990, you’ll never buy more bike for your money, es­pe­cially if you’re will­ing to gam­ble on a newly-minted brand from a Com­mu­nist coun­try with no Con­sumer Guar­an­tees Act. Me? I’d rather track down a gen­uine sec­ond-hand Kawasaki ER in­stead, prefer­ably the su­perbly­comfy Ver­sys model, and find some af­ter­mar­ket pan­niers to fit.

Chi­nese treat: There’s a so­lid­ity to the con­struc­tion of the frame and run­ning gear that’s unique in th­ese days of mass-sen­si­tive mo­tor­cy­cle de­sign.

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