No 6 CCM’s newest Spitfire incarnation 

 No 6 CCM’s newest Spitfire incarnation 
  • Limited edition of 300 individually numbered machines.Handmade in Bolton, England
  • The most personalizable Spitfire to date
  • Optional tank colours include Metallic Oxblood Red, 
  • British Racing Green and Pearl White
  • Choice of Black or Clear Billet Aluminium Anodizing
  • A bespoke selection of saddle covers & colours
  • 19” Spoked Wheels (Optional forged alloys also available)
  • Fat bars
  • High strength steel trellis frame, Tig welded by hand
  • Underslung Dual Exhaust System
  • Brembo Performance Brake System
  • Prices from £9995 OTR (UK)

 Humble Beginnings

CCM Motorcycles prepare to celebrate their Golden Jubilee, however back in the late 1960s, keen motorcyclist Alan Clews just loved to ride.

During the week, he would use his bike to get to work at the family newsagents then. When the weekend arrived, he would compete in trials and scramble events with some success.

 To be the best, he approached BSA to secure a works machine, but when they refused. He set about building himself the best competition bike he could in his shed. He would never get to ride a bike as other keen riders clamoured and subsequent motorcycle builds. 

The seeds of Clews Competition Machines were present. And CCM Motorcycles as it would become more widely known. Went on to compete at the highest level internationally in motorcycle sport.

A new direction

 As a niche manufacturer, finding the right distribution was always going to be an issue. So CCM decided to take their bikes direct which allowed customer and builder to communicate.

Customers could see their bikes are built, and CCM could get beneficial feedback from their customers.

The biggest concern for the customer as if they lived in farthest corners of the UK. How would they get service and warranty support?

 Well, if tyre retailers could fit a car with new rubber on the driveway. Then why couldn’t bikes be serviced at home or place of work?

CCM set about recruiting a crack team of former MX Grand Prix mechanics. And they now cover the whole of mainland UK in their mobile workshops.

A taste of adventure

 In 2014, CCM launched their ground-breaking lightweight adventure bike, the GP450. It was so radically different from the big capacity machines dominated the market. It took a while for riders to appreciate its potential as a global explorer.

However, once people recognized its potential as a “go anywhere” machine. The bike gained a loyal following, and they continue to carry budding explorers on their adventures.  

Sadly, it was the introduction of new emission regulations put paid to the super lightweight machine. And while a replacement arrives, CCM would need a stop-gap model.

Serendipitously, the workshop team were discussing what they’d like to build in their sheds at home over the Friday morning bacon sandwich. 

CCM’s chief designer was present and was inspired by what he heard and took these creative seeds back to his CAD machine. CCM had found their “stop-gap” model, but little did they know where this would lead them.

 

Spitfire – Birth of a legend

This new bike was a two-wheeled revolution, at a time when motorcycles were becoming more prominent and heavier. And their designs cluttered with plastic boxes and trims and increasingly more complex with multiple ECU and sensors.

The Spitfire was a breath of fresh air as it featured a stunning hand-built artisan trellis frame. Which endowed the machine with a simple, uncluttered form; it was motorcycling at its purest.

With a sub-140kg kerb weight, the powerful Brembo brakes could haul the bike up without the need for ABS.  And, certified via the UK’s MSVA scheme; the bikes could breathe freely through a direct intake and out again via a pair of stunning sidewinder pipes.

Beautifully detailed CNC machined components would add the finishing touches.

This bike wasn’t practical by any means – no weather protection, luggage, or pillion seat. Its sole purpose was to make you smile, a bike to ride for riding’s sake. 

Such was the success of limited-run stop-gap. All of the 150 individually numbered bikes sold in less than seven days.

Changing course for CCM and introducing a whole new band of followers and, more importantly.Hundreds of passionate and well-heeled new customers.

Scrambler

How do you follow a bike like the Spitfire? With a modern retro take on the classic scrambler, a bike not only looked cool but had the real off-road ability too.

The 2-seat variant wouldn’t look out of place racing across Baja California in “On Any Sunday” and in fact, was one of only a handful of bikes finished the gruelling Scram Africa challenge in 2018.

 Café Racer

 No British bike builder worth their salt would omit a Café Racer from their line up, and it was, therefore, the obvious choice for the CCM design team.

The Spitfire platform already stripped back and ready for some styling detail. The design team added a pair of machined clip-on bars, CNC-machined foot-controls, a hand-stitched leather saddle and carbon-fibre rear cowl.

To create a bike looked right at home at the Ace Café, The Goodwood Revival and The Bike Shed.

 FT6 Flat Tracker

 Cashing in on CCM’s racing heritage, the FT6 would coincide rather conveniently with the 10th anniversary of the brand’s British and European championship win in 2008 with Marco Belli at the helm.

The FT6 was a stunning hybrid of classic American short track style allied to latest gen carbon fibre panels, CNC-machined ancillaries and twin LED projector lamps. Oh, and those twin offside pipes were a vision in stainless steel.

The Bobber

So far, each Spitfire variant is limited to 250 units, each batch selling out before production commencing. The Bobber, however, with its timeless style and most importantly, a lower seat height opened up the brand to a broader audience.  And became the Spitfire for the masses – well, 500 lucky riders.

With modern Avon 13” sticky rubber, the trademark lightweight chassis and a shapely tractor saddle, the Bobber had broad appeal and continues to sell.

 The Foggy Series

November 2018: Seven times world champion Carl Fogarty joins CCM as Director of Performance and gets to work on his version of Spitfire.

What evolved was not one but two Foggy variants: a racer for the road in the “S” with nods to Foggy’s WSB past and a purposeful Flat Track version. 

Both bikes are draped in carbon bodywork and adorned with rich Rosso Red paintwork and a distinctive 2-into1 barking under-seat exhaust.

Just 300 customers in total will get to own one of these beauties, each one hand-signed by the legend himself.

 SIX: a Perfect Number > CCM’s newest Spitfire incarnation 

The beauty of having a direct relationship with its customers has enabled CCM to understand their needs. And the SIX is designed with a clear brief: to make this sixth incarnation the most personable of the range to date.

 As a direct sell manufacturer, CCM have listened to our customers and have distilled these learnings into each new model. Culminating in this new machine, allowing more significant input from the customer to create a Spitfire to their design. 

 With a beautiful pallet of colour schemes to adorn the beautifully sculpted fuel tank, a unique selection of rich powder coatings to highlight impressive trellis frame.

 And a broad range of finishes and textures to grace the curves of the tractor saddle. The Spitfire SIX provides a seemingly endless combination for customers to make the bike their very own.

 Using the configurator on CCM’s website, customers can now design a visually unique machine choosing from the myriad colourways. And complimenting their creativity this from a multitude of machined billet and carbon accessories. 

To further enhance the aesthetics you can select, a range of performance-enhancing components including. Fully adjustable race-bred Ohlins suspension, performance remaps, and brake upgrades make a great bike even better.

 Whereas the original Spitfire frame excluded those of lesser leg measurements.CCM’s designers considered this when coming up with both the Bobber and SIX versions.

It is creating a separate rear subframe, sitting slightly lower and narrower than before. Opening up this stylish streetfighter to almost anyone who desires its beautiful form.

Stealth Mode

Announced at Motorcycle Live, together with the Bobber and Foggy FT, the SIX went into Stealth mode. A stunningly understated livery featuring an all-new Bronze-Chrome powder coating.

A deep gloss black tank and headlight cowl with bronze detailing. Black machined hubs & rims suspended by bronze Marzocchi forks.  And a black quilted Alcantara saddle complete the style (under) statement.

 Initial production of the Spitfire SIX has begun with the first machines rolling off the production line. Just 300 individually numbered machines will be made at the Bolton factory.

And with prices starting at only £9995 on the road, customers will need to act quickly to get their name on this whole number.

While the SIX is currently only available to buy in the UK. However, the company have been formulating plans to bring the series to Europe in 2021 with several exciting new models currently on the drawing board.

The Future

While the SIX is currently only available to buy in the UK however the company have been formulating plans to bring the series to Europe in 2021. With several exciting new models now on the drawing board.

Source: CCM Motorcycles

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