Scour the website of Bolton-based bike builders CCM and it’s not immediately clear that they are capable of creating something as beautiful as the CCM Spitfire.
Currently, the GP450 Adventure is the only model one can test-ride and buy (their other offerings are for the US government and security agencies) and it doesn’t exactly set the heart racing. But this manufacturer of hard-working vehicles has just unleashed a belter.
Enter the CCM Spitfire: the result of like-minded mechanics and engineers, who dubbed the splinter cell Skunkwerx, building their dream bike without worrying about time constraints or budgets.
Its T45 steel frame houses a 600cc single cylinder engine, which puts out 55bhp and 58Nm of torque. Modern Brembo brake calipers provide the stopping power and chunky 19-inch wheels give it the prerequisite beefy, off-road presence.
Part-Café Racer, part Brat, part flat-tracker, there’s no denying it’s a glorious thing to behold. From the glorious latticing of the hand-welded frame to the hand-finished aluminium tank, it possesses a purposeful and almost industrial look.
But work your way to the front of the machine and there’s a set of thoroughly modern clocks, a powerful LED headlamp and top spec adjustable WP upside down forks.
According to the company’s website, all 150 limited edition Spitfires were sold within a week of its launch at the MCN London Bike Show, despite costing a heady £7,995.
Thankfully, the guys have created a reserve list for those who weren’t lucky to get in the first time, so head to the site if interested.