The Chinese motorcycle industry’s long march into the global marketplace with a range of full-size models aimed at Western customers finally got under way four years ago with the parallel-twin CFMoto 650NK. An unashamed reinterpretation of the Kawasaki ER6n, with comparable performance but a 45-percent lower retail price, this was the first “proper” bike with an engine larger than 250cc to emerge from the world’s largest motorcycle industry.

Shortly afterward, CFMoto brought a CFMoto 650TK tourer to the USA, which retailed for $6,999 for the 2013 and 2014 model years. So far the bike has not returned for 2015, but the 650NK is still available, and it’s worth reporting on our recent ride in Australia on a 650TK as the bike is likely to reappear in the U.S. at any time.

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