They say the best things in life are dreamt up over a cup of tea, or in this case, a bacon sandwich and a brew.
And that’s certainly the case for CCM’s spectacular-looking Spitfire range, which was born after some lads in the CCM motorcycle factory near Bolton discussed what bike they would build if they weren’t already making CCM’s GP450 Adventure series.
CCM’s chief designer took their sparks of ideas and turned them into CAD designs, and the CCM Spitfire range was born.
Launched to rapturous applause at last year’s Carole Nash MCN London Show, just 150 of the standard bikes will be built, and they were all sold out within a week. Made famous by founder Alan Clews, who put a BSA motor into his own motocross frame in 1970, the bikes were so popular that Clews never got to ride that first bike as it was sold immediately. CCM, or Clews Competition Machines was born.
The firm has more recently been building its 450-adventure bike, but spotted a gap in the market for an affordable, small capacity range of retro cool bikes.
CCM now has three more versions of its lightweight 600cc single – the Spitfire Scrambler, Café Racer, and the Spitfire Flat Tracker.
The Scrambler takes the same chassis and motor as the base Spitfire and gets dual sport tyres, rides higher with extra ground clearance, and high, scrambler style upswept pipes.
The Café Racer is a bit more radical with low handlebars, gold wheels, side-mounted slash cut pipes. And a single seat unit. The bike is dripping in beautiful details and looks really raw and purposeful in the metal. The Café Racer is for sale at £9274.
New for 2018 is the FT6 Flat Tracker, which is inspired by CCM’s own European flat track championship winning bike from 2008, and celebrates the tenth anniversary of that win by rider Marco Belli.
The Flat Tracker gets the same chassis and engine, and carbon-fibre panels, forged aluminium CNC-machined wheels, and a stacked LED headlight.
Just 250 FT6 bikes will be made and they cost £9995.
Go to: http://www.ccm-motorcycles.com for more information.