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2021 CFMOTO 650NK SP Edition (bike review)

LAMS approved and fitted with ABS, the 2021 CFMOTO 650NK SP Edition offers a confidence inspiring riding experience, sporty and aggressive naked styling, and great value for money.

The 650NK SP edition punches above its weight, and features many inclusions you would expect of a bike with a much higher price tag. With a quality level of finish and a long list of standard inclusions, it has cemented itself as a serious player in the LAMS bike market.

CFMOTO have given the 650NK SP a good splash of aggressive naked styling too, while still being able to maintain a learner friendly demeanour to compliment the design flare.

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Powered by a two-cylinder, in-line four-stroke liquid-cooled engine that produces 41.5kW and 62Nm of torque, the 650NK SP offers a more powerful learner approved option than some of its competitors.

Overall handling is good, with a sporty and nimble feel. It’s a little cumbersome at lower speeds though. Once up and running, with a few revs under its belt, the 650NK SP is more willing.

2021 CFMOTO 650NK SP
2021 CFMOTO 650NK SP

The bike bares some resemblance to KTM’s naked Duke models, and there’s a reason for that. The NK and NK SP offerings are, in part, the result of a joint venture between CFMOTO and KTM. It’s just one of a number of partnerships that bring this bike to life.

Further collaborations have seen high end componentry fitted to the 650NK SP, including parts from Bosch EFI, KYB Shocks, J.Juan and Continental. There’s even some influence from automotive house KISKA.

For example, the front end is fitted with the KYB telescopic fork suspension and an extruded steel swingarm with tubular bracing, cantilever KYB mono-shocks can be found on the rear.

Stopping power is respectable with the dual 300mm front discs and twin-piston callipers, and a single 240 mm disc with single-piston on the rear end.

The pairing of the Pirelli Angel ST tyres is a great fit, providing quality tyres that are durable and safe, with excellent wet and dry handling capabilities.

2021 CFMOTO 650NK SP
2021 CFMOTO 650NK SP

Learners will appreciate an increased level of confidence while on the bike due to the upright rider’s position, allowing for ease of control and manoeuvrability. The low 795mm seat height enables riders to get their feet planted firmly on the ground too.

There’s also the addition of a slipper clutch, which assists in preventing engine over-rev and rear-wheel hopping or ‘chattering’, which is especially beneficial under heavy braking. Another bonus for those of us beginning our bike journey.

CFMOTO’s 650NK SP is fitted with a 17-litre fuel tank coupled with a Bosch EFI engine management system. It proves two riding modes; Eco and Sport. We tended to enable Sport mode for a more engaging rider experience during our time on the bike.

The 650NK SP weighs in at 193kg dry, and with a full tank of fuel and oils is a little heavier than its rivals in the naked LAMS-approved bike space.

One of the standout features is its new 5.0-inch TFT display, offering ultra-clear vision in all lighting conditions. It displays a range of rider information in an easy-to-read manner, which all riders will appreciate.

2021 CFMOTO 650NK SP
2021 CFMOTO 650NK SP

With its improved styling courtesy of KISKA, the 650NK SP has a real sporty and aggressive appeal, and is available in Athens Blue or Nebula White (as tested). The new graphics, silver exhaust, and blacked-out five-spoke alloy wheels are a nice touch.

The CFMOTO 650NK SP is priced at $7,790 ride away, with a 3-year unlimited kilometre warranty. This offers exceptional value in the learner segment. By comparison, Royal Enfield’s Interceptor 650 and Yamaha’s MT-07 are both in excess of $10,000.

Likewise, Triumph’s Trident 660 is also dearer. With exceptional value for money, that should mean learner riders looking for an affordable way into the market will at the very least consider the CFMOTO 650NK SP Edition.

Our test bike was provided by CFMOTO Australia. To find out more about the 2021 CFMOTO 650NK SP Edition, contact your local CFMOTO dealer.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Riding experience
7.5
Style and comfort
8
Braking and handling
8
Technology and connectivity
8
Overall bike performance
7.5
Value for money
8.5

SUMMARY

Pros - excellent value for money; quality of 5.0-Inch TFT display.
Cons - cumbersome at lower speeds.
Scott Gravolin
Scott Gravolin is an aspiring photographer and automotive reviewer, with a passion for performance cars and sports motorcycles. Scott loves riding his Kawasaki Ninja 1000, Scott has an absolute appreciation for Porsche with two of his all time favorites being the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Porsche 918 Spyder. However he just can not leave out the old rally focussed Ford Escort RS Cosworth.

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