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CFMOTO’s 650NK sports minimalistic styling and a classic, upright riding position for around-town riding.
CFMOTO’s 650NK sports minimalistic styling and a classic, upright riding position for around-town riding. (CFMOTO/)

Ups

5-inch full-color TFT displayWell-sorted chassisLow MSRP compared to competition

Downs

Heavier than the comparable 700CL-XLacks some midrange grunt

Verdict

The Chinese-manufactured CFMOTO 650NK combines premium features with excellent riding characteristics. Although not as punchy as CFMOTO’s 700CL-X, the 650NK is a well-optioned package that’s ideal for around-town riding and the occasional spirited backroad session.

As with many CFMOTO models, you can see some design influences in the body panels, but also how designers have tried to add their own flair to the overall look.
As with many CFMOTO models, you can see some design influences in the body panels, but also how designers have tried to add their own flair to the overall look. (CFMOTO/)

Overview

Hangzhou-based CFMOTO is well aware of the negative stigmas hovering over Chinese-manufactured motorcycles; instead of affirming the harmful stereotypes, it has devised a business model to storm into the US motorcycle market and change the perceptions of Chinese manufacturing once and for all.

The game plan is simple: Introduce a line of high-quality, feature-packed bikes that rival the quality of comparable Japanese and Euro machines, all for a price tag that undercuts the current market by $1,000–$2,000.

The 650NK is one such model—an impressive middleweight naked bike with a peppy, 649cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin engine, dual-disc front brakes, a full-color TFT display, and modern styling to appeal to the new generation of riders.

Sharp lines and bold colors are a staple of the CFMOTO lineup.
Sharp lines and bold colors are a staple of the CFMOTO lineup. (CFMOTO/)

Updates for 2022

As this is the CFMOTO 650NK’s first year on the market, there are no updates to report.

Pricing and Variants

CFMOTO’s 2022 lineup contains two different 650 models sharing the same basic components, including the chassis, 649cc engine, suspension, and brakes. However, the 650NK and 650 Adventura models are marketed toward different environments: city versus more remote destinations. There are enough changes to consider them two separate models, rather than variations of the same.

This being said, if you prefer the aesthetics and riding style of an adventure-style bike over the minimalist, naked styling of the 650NK, feel free to take a look at the buyer’s guide for the CFMOTO 650 Adventura.

The standard 650NK retails for a modest $6,499 and is available in two trim colors: Nebula White and Nebula Black.

The 650NK is available in two colorways: Nebula White and Nebula Black. MSRP is $6,499, and the bike comes with a two-year manufacturer warranty.
The 650NK is available in two colorways: Nebula White and Nebula Black. MSRP is $6,499, and the bike comes with a two-year manufacturer warranty. (CFMOTO/)

Competition

The 650NK fits nicely in the ultracompetitive midweight naked class, going head-to-head against notable options like the Suzuki SV650 ($7,399), Yamaha MT-07 ($8,199), Kawasaki Z650 ($7,749), Triumph Trident ($8,395), and Aprilia Tuono 660 ($10,499).

The Ducati Scrambler lineup is comparable, at least on a non-cost basis; other manufacturers like Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha have cafe-styled options that should be considered, such as the Honda CB650R ($9,299), Kawasaki Z650RS ($9,099), and Yamaha XSR700 ($8,899).

With its 649cc parallel-twin engine, technology, and impressive quality, the CFMOTO 650NK is a worthy addition to the class.

The 649cc parallel-twin engine is factory-built by CFMOTO. The company claims 60 hp at 8,750 rpm and 41 lb.-ft. at 7,000 rpm.Read More

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By: Ron Lieback
Title: 2022 CFMOTO 650NK
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/buyers-guide/cfmoto-650nk-2022/
Published Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2022 19:28:46 +0000

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.

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Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2024-rodeo-drive-concours-delegance-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:10:18 +0000

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

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The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-june-16-2024
Published Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 20:50:06 +0000

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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/rolls-royce-silver-ghost/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 23:23:29 +0000

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