The Chinese-made CFMoto 650 NK can’t help but remind you of the Japanese invasion
of the 1960s.
Just as Honda’s game-changing CB450 was the first Japanese motorcycle Western customers
saw as fun as well as functional, sporty in addition to affordable, the naked NK
appears to be the first “real” bike to emanate from the world’s largest motorcycle
market that is the People’s Republic of China.
Powered by a parallel-twin, 649cc engine that matches Kawasaki’s ER-6n in almost
every respect—there’s little denying that this is a knock-off of a proven Japanese
design—the NK is still the first motorcycle to come out of China with an engine larger
than 250cc. And after riding the NK, I’m convinced that it’s worthy competition for
any budget or beginner’s bike from Asia or Europe, and available at a significantly
lower price. In Australia, the 650 NK will sell for just more than half as much as
its Kawasaki competitor.
CFMoto’s parent company, Chunfeng Holding Group, was founded in 1989 but didn’t start
making complete motorcycles until 2000. Development of the 650 NK began in 2009 and
the bike was launched in Asia early in 2011. Pending EPA homologation, shipments
of China’s first middleweight motorcycle will begin steaming for America.
Because the bike hadn’t passed Australian homologation yet, my test ride took place
on the Broadford circuit in Victoria. I admit I approached the CFMoto armed with
every possible prejudice against Chinese-made motorcycles, all born from hands-on
experience riding various poorly made 250cc singles.
CFMoto’s parallel twin is slated to appear in a fully-faired touring bike as well
as a dua
So from the first moment I first saw the CFMoto 650 NK, I was ticking mental boxes.
Styling: hmm, not bad, in fact pretty sharp with its stubby R6-type exhaust, bright
red frame and black bodywork that’s so reminiscent of the ER-6n. The paint depth
and overall finish look equal to any Japanese-made budget bike, though the plastic
switchgear still seems a little low-rent, and unpolished aluminum brake and clutch
levers look rather drab. Read full article here
Alan Cathcart gives his verdict on the WK 650
"Japanese-quality bang for not much buck "
“The acceleration is determined rather than assertive, but it's sufficiently strong
enough to be satisfying”.
“A bike that will stand up to the rigours of normal riding better than its other
Chinese competitors, then I think it's a game-changer for sure – especially at this