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CCM Displays Limited Production Spitfire

Clews Competition Machines (CCM) intends to manufacture 150 Spitfire models (pictured), featuring a steel frame and 600cc single-cylinder engine. Reports indicate the bike is a svelte 264 pounds in weight.

The extraordinarily minimalist design features WP forks, 19-inch wheels and Brembo brakes.

The CCM Spitfire should be on display this weekend at the London Motorcycle show.

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  1. 007 says:

    Well all you doubters – I just bought one. Enjoy your biker rants – so glad I’ll never meet you wollies. Bike on – oh and be safe and sensible.

  2. John Drogan says:

    I understand the doubts that come from CGI’s however some folk bought on the strength of those and our reputation as bike builders. For the main part however, bikers unfamiliar with our brand were blown away by the Spitfire when it was unveiled at the London bike show and it sold out in less than a week. We’re not Indian, we’re a small British family firm with over 45 years experience and we are proud of what we have achieved with The Spitfire.
    Before you form your opinions visit our facebook page or

    • Scott says:

      Your bike looks much better in real life than it did in the drawing, and for under $10K US, it’s a very reasonable price. Well done.

      Don’t worry about the comments here. We hear the same negativity every time a new bike is shown, whether it’s a production version, a concept, or even a sketch. Some people just aren’t happy unless they’re mad…

  3. Guy says:

    Its real and its beautiful, I have seen it in the flesh at the show. 8K is not silly money for a hand built Motorcycle. Anyway, they are all sold out, well done CCM, British Bikes best again ( yes I know its a Husky engine before some smart arse comments )

  4. Curly says:

    The article in MCN has real photos of the bike and it does look much better in them than in the computer generated images. The exhausts must actually hide small cat combs and I suppose it passes UK lighting regs. However, to me, it still looks unfinished and I’m not a fan of the heat discoloration on the welds or the weld quality at the swingarm pivot. A plated frame would be class addition.

  5. Grove says:

    The idea of this bike is what is attractive. If you desire a minimal, lightweight bike with lots of torque, then this style bike for you. I don’t believe that you should have to hand over 30K to a boutique builder to ride one of these, though, as there are plenty of bikes that make a great platform for modification to the bike of your dreams. Take any 400/650 dual-sport, Honda Ascot or similar bike and remove the bodywork and go for it. You may have to pick up a few skills along the way (like welding, metal forming etc.) but you’ll truly have a custom one-off bike that will give you pride of ownership like no other, not to mention a complete hoot to ride. Some of those I’ve seen at my hangout have been very well done and always attract a crowd of admirers from every aspect of motorcycling. It’s the one type of machine that we all desire, regardless of what machine we actually ride.

  6. B Bike says:

    surprised if there was any progress in any field judging by the attitudes so far. Great lines on this bike an antidote to the overfared, multilogo designed by prepubescent school kids whacking on as many colours they can find in their pallete -lookalikes. Understand this bike sold out in days after launch a the MCN show.

  7. John says:

    I’m sorry. Great concept, but this bike is just plain ugly, unfinished. The wheels and tires are just too out of proportion, the result of which is to look clown-like. The complete lack of anything after the seat makes the bike look incomplete.

    Great concept, with great potential…but it needs to be completed.

  8. Dale Freitas says:

    Looks like they’re using the SWM/Husqvarna 650 engine

  9. thrus says:

    Let me know when they find the turn signals, mirrors and licence plate holder. until then looks nice in a show pushed off a trailer.

    • John Drogan says:

      There are micro LED indicators fitted and hoses and cables are cleverly concealed.

  10. Don says:

    I don’t see any cables or hoses. Is this a picture of a real bike or just a CAD design?

  11. Provologna says:

    I agree, the computer renderings of alleged real bikes is already tired and obnoxious.

    We all know any bike resembling the rendering would instantly fail DOT regs on several points if not dozens.

    Re. the fat tires: IMO regular 110/130mm front/rear would not only look infinitely better, but also substantially minimize unsprung weight, both the tires and narrower required rims. The lighter the bike the bigger the suspension advantage for each unit less unsprung weight. This is the lightest big single extant, so do the math.

    The rims and tires are so fat they make the 19″ F/R rims look like 17s. Narrower rims w/110/130mm F/R would make the bike look that much lighter and more fun. The fat tire meme contradicts every other styling element.

    Did I say I don’ like the tires?

  12. allworld says:

    Interesting that there are 2 exhaust pipes on a single

    • GKS says:

      Two exhaust valves with individual ports and pipes. Most production bikes flow two into one, either in the head (most common) or externally in the header.

  13. stinkywheels says:

    Looks like a fun little scooter. I’m gonna have to start looking for a DR650 to do for myself as I’m all I can afford. I wonder if Rickman would sell me a frame for that?

  14. CrazyJoe says:

    Would there be a market for a street bike with a yz450f engine in it? I grew up with bikes that had fenders hence I like retro bikes. Kids grow up today with BMX or other stripped down bikes so bikes like this. Maybe that’s what they were trying with the grom with it’s small frame and wheels. Personally I would prefer this treatment an a klr or cb 500 instead of the adventure style popular today. A Light weight and cheap bike is what i want.

    • Gary says:

      I’m sure this is not going to be cheap.

      • The Spaceman says:

        It’s VERY expensive to not put all the parts on a motorcycle. Just no pillion seat alone can increase the price of a motorcycle by 65%. And the cost of air between the frame sections? That stuff is pure unobtanium.

      • CrazyJoe says:

        The yamaha engine isn’t cheap but the klr? I don’t know how many vitpilens (?) Will make it to these shore’s but it won’t be cheap either but nothing like this. Just to me the likes of the new honda rebel’s hurt the eyes. Along with foot forward controls I’ll pass. But something like this looks real except for the headlight.

      • John Drogan says:

        £7995 OTR in the UK – a bargain for a handcrafted machine with high quality components

  15. Tank says:

    This started out as a Ruckus.

  16. Kagato says:

    I am totally against this “I have no butt” design. I was horrified when Triumph de-derriere’d the Speed Triple. I demand scoots have nice butts like the original Z1’s.
    grumble grumble grumble : – (

  17. beasty says:

    Cool! Might not pass inspection in some states.

  18. Wendy says:

    At least the tires aren’t knobbies.

  19. Jeremy in TX says:

    I guess I’ll be in the minority by saying I really like the bike. Seems like a lot of fun, and I think it looks pretty sharp too.

    • mickey says:

      Really? What are you, like 13?

      Bwaahhaaahhaahhaa ya pup

      • mickey says:

        btw Jeremy knows I’m poking him in the ribs with my finger, so don’t get all out of sorts.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        Lol. Why do I hang around with you geezers?

        • mickey says:

          Guess you are trying to learn something grasshopper

          • Tank says:

            You better explain that one to Jeremy. He wasn’t born yet when “Kung Fu” came out. He thinks you just called him an insect. LOL

          • Jeremy in TX says:

            So that was a “Kung Fu Panda” reference? I’ll have to watch that movie again and see if I can pick up on that grasshopper reference. Pretty sure the character was a praying mantis, though, not a grasshopper.

          • mickey says:

            Oh yea, hadn’t thought about that. Wonder if he has ever seen a rotary phone, played a 78 rpm record, used a pay phone, seen gas below a dollar, kick started a street bike or set a pair of points, seen a black a white TV, ever changed the channel on the TV by turning a dial, played a transistor radio? Wonder if he ever had to do math in his head without using a calculator?

          • Jeremy in TX says:

            Rotary Phone – I’ve seen some in movies, never in real life.

            78 rpm record – I had to google what that was.

            Used a pay phone – nope, but they still had them when I was a teenager

            Kick started a street bike – nope

            Set points – Yes!

            Gas below a dollar – Yes! Saw for about 15 cents in Saudi Arabia.

            Black and White TV – never seen one

            Changed channels with a dial – you mean those big satellite dishes? Yes

            Transistor radio – Seriously? Nope

            And I do math on a computer, not a calculator. Sheesh!

        • Norm G. says:

          re: “Why do I hang around with you geezers?”

          aw man, i’m standing right here… (Moe Szyslak)

  20. Mick says:

    Make the tank and little different and give it some more tail section and call me. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain who thinks a motorcycle should weigh twice as much. 19 inch wheels mean you can run dirt track rubber. Yeah!

    • Randy D. says:

      19″ dirt track rubber front & rear with a clubman handlebar… my guest.

      • Provologna says:

        Geezer Jeopardy answer, category “Classic Motorcycles:”


        • Provologna says:

          No takers? Norton John Player Special (my late friend/co-worker had a mint copy in his large collection of classic bikes/cars).

          Unsure if 19″ F/R wheels were standard on all/most 750 Nortons. Something makes me suspect some big bore Triumphs may also have had 19″ F/R wheels.

    • Neil says:

      The whole idea is NOT to have a tail section. Just motor, frame and wheels. That’s plenty of seat for me. I walk up to three miles a day commuting to work and walking around the office says my iPhone 6. I like seeing the frame. No fenders to hide the wheels. You can add them as needed for rainy weather. Take this thing out into the countryside and have fun, or any subdivision for that matter. Used to race my Ninja 250 thru subdivisions at 35 mph tops, knowing everyone was away at school and work that day of course.

      • Curly says:

        The idea of fenders is not just to keep rain off you. They also keep rocks and gravel from slamming into your face and they keep your butt from dragging on the rear tire.

  21. Grumpc says:

    I guess market research, if they did any..? tells them that there’s still to many millionaires looking for something that no one else is got. Hopefully it will always be worth more than they paid for it when they tire of these toys.
    As for the rest of us..? At least at that weight it’d be easier to manhandle(is that word still permitted..?) than my Burgman.

    Also for the rest of us, well we really will be riding regularly once more, very soon. Ride Safe – GRUMPC

  22. Grover says:

    Not too likely to reach production.

  23. ApriliaRST says:

    650 cc, 264 pound weight and all you get are complaints. If no one else wants to ride it, I will!

  24. mechanicus says:

    What do you do with it? Expensive paper weight.

  25. notarollingroadblock says:

    Surely there’s something real and interesting to report on other than this?

  26. dt 175 says:

    100 horsepower
    100 lbs of torque
    100 kilos

  27. Geoffrey Hill says:

    Might be interesting.

  28. Gary says:

    Again They can keep these overpriced minimalist designs. I would think they should build more standard looking bikes, and they would sell much better.

    • John Drogan says:

      This bike has sold far quicker than our very sensible GP450 Adventure bike – go figure!

  29. Curly says:

    That’s just a silly computer fantasy art bike. How would you like to get stuck in that scary seat to fender gap? Overly large tires, non functional fenders and no possible cat in the exhaust. The lighting wouldn’t comply with any regs. Take their computer away from them.

    • Johnny says:

      +1 !

      Supposedly on display at the London Motorcycle show – will the display be a huge computer monitor?

  30. Jabe says:

    The ridiculous fat tire thing can stop any time now.

  31. mickey says:

    Somebody melted the motorcycle with the big tires

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