[QUOTE=stuxtttr;156837]I thought as most people are looking for advice on what bike to take. It would also be useful if we look at bikes that should steer clear off. I dont know if this has been done before but here goes;
CCM 604e 1998 - This is by far the worst Bike I ever owned. When I bought it new I loved the power, the noise, the torque hell it even looked the dogs. Sadly it was all short lived the electrics were crap even the motor (Rotax) let me down.
I purchased the bike because I was proud to buy British and Fly the Flag. CCM even entered them in the Dakar.
My local dealer was a complete waste of time and fair play to the Factory they stopped dealing with that dealer after all my problems.
In the first 8 months of ownership the bike spent 5 months off the road being fixed.
The factory thought it was normal to blow rear light bulbs (12 in a fortnight just takes the piss)
After all my problems they did take the bike back and do some work on it. My dreams off a desert tour were just that because I no longer trusted the Bike. I did take the Bike over to Portugal it blew headlight bulbs alot. When I hit the Picos Europa in Spain (lovely place) it blew up and I had to trailer it to the Ferry and push the Bike back into the UK.
You've probably guessed by now that as soon as you say something's rubbish others will leap to its defence!
I'm also a 604 owner (2001 version) - for the last two years- and my experience has been exactly the opposite. Total mechanical problems has been to adjust the carb float height messed up by a previous owner. Other than that its just been service items - oil, filters and a few tyres. I don't know why yours should have been so bad, maybe they got better as time went on?
I would just mention that I've got no particular flag to fly for CCM or any other make. If it had been unreliable it would have gone long ago and it was chosen after looking at a number of other makes / models with overlanding in mind and after years of experience with a Honda XR600.
Anyway, I'm about to put my confidence in it to the test with a UK - West Africa trip starting in 6 weeks and a 1500 mile round trip to the alps next week as a shakedown.