Dale says the GT is a “great bike” with “world-class” fit and finish that makes it well worth the extra money.
“If it had another name on the tank, you could easily believe it came from one of the best manufacturers,” he says.
“The only part of the bike that appears cheap are the switchblocks which need a better choice of symbols and fonts.”
Here is Dale’s assessment of the CFMoto 650GT:
At 100km/h, the engine is running at 4000rpm which is 500rpm less than the MT.
I get about a very reasonable 4.3L/100km from the MT, so the GT’s economy should be a little better.
At highway speed, power delivery is good and it doesn’t feel like it is over-geared.In fact, it feels a little stronger in the mid-range than the MT.
Engine temperature shows it runs cooler than the MT which does tend to run hot in traffic.
It also feels cooler but this can be difficult to quantify as the temperature gauge does not indicate the actual temperature, only an LCD line.
I would rate the GT’s suspension as the best of any CFMoto I’ve ridden.
It handles all manner of road bumps with ease and in general gives no cause for concern.
I would encourage CFMoto to add a preload adjuster cap to the fork, as these not only look good but offer a positive feature at little extra cost.
An Ohlins cap, spacer and spring kit costs the manufacturer very little and a lesser brand cap would add little to the bike’s overall cost, but more to its value.
The rear coloured spring is an attractive feature, but it would be great if it could be adjusted.
I would like to see a pin-type adjuster as used by Ohlins which is easy and simple to use.
Wheels, tyres and brakes
The German Metzeler tyres are a noticeable improvement over the Chinese CST Adrenos fitted to the MT.
They add stability under braking, cornering integrity, they cope better with bumps and undulations and they have better grip. I would imagine they would have superior wet too, but it hasn’t rained here for a while!
The 160 section rear sat on the 4.5-inch rim better than the MT, as well.
Braking power started out a bit poor but began to offer good bite and progression after about 800km.
If they have used the same compounds as the MT, it will be best around 2000km.
The riding position on the 650GT is good and suits a wider range of people with a lower seat than the MT.
I note that some effort has been used to weight the footpegs and rubber mount them.