Bolton based motorcycle manufacturer CCM make a break from convention as they build a limited run street bike, the £7995 Spitfire. The factory is taking orders now for the 600cc single, with the hope of delivering bikes to customers in the spring.
It’s difficult to term what the bike actually is, café racer, flat tracker, and street-fighter are all words that spring to mind as you look at it. The factory say the bike is “more than just a tool, a weapon in fact, a solo machine, a street fighter”. Taking their cues from the bikes namesake, the famous WWII fighter plane the Supermarine Spitfire, the connection between the two is more than just a name. The wild looking frame and swingarm are both hand made out of T45 carbon steel, the very same steel that was used in the Spitfires and Hurricanes that fought above the UK in the Battle of Britain.
The aviation theme continues with the team that have created the bike, which includes some of CCM’s longest serving fabricators, nicknaming themselves SkunkwerX. Skunk Works, as it’s known, is the alias of Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development team, the very same team that designed and built planes such as the SR71 Blackbird.
The Spitfire has a handcrafted aluminum tank, with a single seat finished in leather. The engine is a larger version of the BMW 450cc unit that CCM use in there enduro and adventure bikes. The powerplant originally powered the Husqvarna TE630 range of enduro bikes, back when the Husqvarna was still under BMW ownership. With 600cc and 55bhp on tap, the featherweight machine should certainly shift although outright top speed is not the goal. CCM are building the bike to be agile, high performing and responsive.
Suspended by top spec adjustable WP upside down forks and a Tractive fully adjustable shock absorber at the rear. Braking systems are provided a single Brembo disc and caliper front and rear. The wheels are 19-inch front and rear with billet hubs and lightweight rims. The tyres are flat track style tyres that should make for an exhilarating experience on a twisty B-road - should you feel that way inclined.
The Spitfire is set to retail at £7995 on the road, with a weight of just 120.8kg that does make it pound for pound one of the more expensive bikes on the market. That said with the current trend for cool café racers booming, should you want one you will have to get your name on the waiting list quickly.
|Engine Type||Single cylinder, Four-stroke|
|Engine Details||Titanium valves|
|Torque||58NM @ 5500rpm|
|Bore x stroke||111 x 76.5 mm|
|Oil Capacity||1.8 Litres|
|Fuel System Injection:||Mikuni D45|
|Clutch||Multiple-disc, wet, Hydraulic|
For more information on the Spitfire contact the CCM factory directly by clicking here.