SHAH ALAM: A 650cc motorcycle is among four products launched by Daiichi, all at a new level of affordability over its competitors.
The rest are the 250cc bikes in different trim lines namely the 250MR, 250RR and 250SR.
The Daiichi CFMoto 650NK has a 4-stroke 2-piston 650cc motor with 8 valves that makes 66bhp at 8,500rpm and 62Nm of torque at 7,000rpm with a 6-speed manual transmission mated to the motor.
|Shown here is the CFMoto 650NK (third from left), flanked by the 250cc variants.
The CF650NK weighs in at 193kg (dry weight without fuel, coolant and lubricants), attributed to the use of aircraft-grade T6 aluminium for its chassis and 17” aluminium rims wrapped by a 120/70 up front and a 160/60 tyre at the rear.
Stopping power comes from double-floating drilled daisy discs with dual piston callipers at the front and a single drilled daisy disc with a single piston calliper at the rear.
In the 250cc segment, the super motard-looking 250MR that comes with a high ride-height, which caters for those who enjoy the scenic and rugged outdoors that’s usually found by going off the paved road.
Next up is the sporty 250RR, which could be mistaken for a certain Audi-owned Italian 2-wheeled thoroughbred that’s usually draped in red, only it’ll cost a fraction of this 250cc motorcycle.
The third bike in the category is the 250SR that’s basically a naked variant of the 250RR, characterised by the exposure of much of it chassis and a higher handle bar for a more upright seating position.
It's targeted at those who prefer a “streetfighter” look – where the fairing of a sportbike has been removed for a more aggressive look, which has garnered much popularity in Europe, so much so that Ducati decided to use the “streefighter” name for one of its bikes.
All three 250cc variants come with an electric starter as standard and are powered by a 4-stroke single-piston motor that provides 24bhp at 9,000rpm and 22.4Nm of torque at 7,000rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox with a wet clutch. Fuel tank capacity is 7 litres.
Both front and rear 17” rims are made of aluminium with the front wrapped by a 100/70 tyre and a 130/70 tyre for the rear.
The use of T6 (aircraft-grade) aluminium chassis helps to keep dry weight down with the 250MR weighing in at just 127kg; the 250SR at 135kg and the 250RR at 137kg.
The CF650NK retails at RM28,000 (OTR), while the 250MR, 250SR and 250RR are RM16,530, RM16,720 and RM17,750 respectively.
N.B. Motors Trading Sdn Bhd, the official distributor, is based in Kuching.
It operates a plant that has a daily production rate of 300 motorcycles.
It has appointed Tropicana Motor World (M) Sdn Bhd to help distribute the motorcycles through its dealership network in the country.