CCM HERITAGE 71 Ti (2023 - on) Review


  • Limited edition 50bhp, 600cc single
  • First production bike with titanium chassis
  • 136kg wet

At a glance

Power: 50 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.7 in / 830 mm)
Weight: Low (300 lbs / 136 kg)


New £29,995
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Tipping the scales at just 136kg, CCM’s new Heritage ’71 Ti is incredibly light. Pull it off its suicide side stand and it feels more like one of those fat-tyred electric bikes between your legs than a motorcycle. That’s until you thumb the starter and its snarling 600cc motor barks into life…

It’s a two-wheel riot of carbon fibre and billet aluminium, but the Heritage ’71 Ti is also the first production bike to be built using a titanium frame and swingarm. It’s why it’s so light...and costs a whopping £29,995.

CCM have been innovating with chassis tech since they were formed in 1971, by the man who was the ‘C’ in CCM (Clews Competition Motorcycles): off-road aficionado, Alan Clews. The Bolton factory produced the world’s first aluminium trials bike, first aluminium bonded chassis and former 500cc GP star, Niall Mackenzie won British championships on their Armstrong-badged 350.

CCM Heritage 71 ridden by Michael Neeves

Based on their popular handmade Spitfire and built to celebrate the firm’s 50th anniversary (but delayed by Covid for a year) only 71 Heritage ’71 Ti models will be produced. Its minimalist design might look sparse, but the detailing, fit and finish are MotoGP levels of special.

A sub-10-grand café racer from any of the mainstream manufacturers would be just as enjoyable to ride, so if you haven’t got a spare 30 grand knocking around, don’t worry, you’re not missing out. But the CCM will be worth it to the person with deep pockets and an appreciation of the engineering poured into it.

It’s a work of art you could stare at all day and never get bored, but it also works beautifully as a motorcycle with a lightness and purity to it that’s a world away from anything mass produced.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

It takes a CCM engineer a week to handcraft the Heritage’s aerospace-grade 3Al/2.5V CW5R titanium chassis and apply its brushed satin finish. It’s 6kg lighter than the Spitfire’s 4139 Chromoly steel chassis.

Not only is the ’71 Ti a featherweight piece of art that draws a crowd every time we stop during our test, it changes the handling dynamics. The chassis isn’t as stiff as a steel frame Spitfire’s, thanks to the exotic material’s more spring-like properties.

But the CCM is still pure, direct and there’s none of the mush you feel riding a built-down-to-a-production bike with heavy components, sound deadening and vibe protection.

CCM Heritage 71 on the road

You sense every tarmac ripple through the suspension and every suck, squeeze, bang and blow from the piston through your body. Forged ali seven spoke 19in wheels save another 6kg, which endows the steering with the unbridled directness of a race bike.

Its roomy, upright riding position is bang on for the road, with bars placed low enough to weight the front end, but not your wrists. It’s racy but still comfy, similar in layout to a KTM 890 Duke R.

Wet December roads never let us push the CCM anywhere near its limit, which is a shame, but at wobbling about speeds the handling is crisp, well balanced and confidence inspiring, even on its balloon-shaped 130-section Maxxis DTR1 FT rubber, which would look more at home sideways on a dirt track than tarmac.

CCM Heritage 71 Öhlins rear shock reservoir

Brakes are a clear highlight. Twin Brembo monoblocs aren’t the best of the best on paper, but they’re loaded with the kind of glorious feel and power missing from any road bike fitted with ABS. Brushing the front brake lever has the calipers hissing as they munch into the wavy CCM-branded Galfer discs to scrub speed off in a flash.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Like all CCM Spitfires, the ’71 Ti is powered by a compact, liquid-cooled single cylinder motor, originally designed by BMW for Husqvarna. It makes a claimed 50bhp at the rear wheel, which is around 10% more than the standard Spitfire Six, thanks to revised mapping and an exquisite QR Racing titanium exhaust, free from heavy cats and sound-deadening Euro 5 shackles. As much a sculpture that wouldn’t look out of place in an art gallery, it’s hand built from 64 individually welded sections.

With so little weight to push around its thrappy 50bhp is devilishly effective and has the urgent, free-revving feel of a competition engine (the Clews in the name).

But despite the motor’s hard edge and explosive soundtrack, it’s perfectly fuelled, predictable and easy to control, so need for electronic rider aids or modes, although an up/down quickshifter would be nice. It’s a single and thrives on its meaty mid-range to thwack out of slow corners, but it’ll also rev on to deliver a decent lick of speed, if you can handle the undamped, single cylinder vibes that crescendo past 6000rpm.

CCM Heritage 71 engine

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Build quality is befitting of a £30k bike and there’s little to go wrong with such a simple machine. There are no electronic rider aids and the BMW-designed single cylinder motor is tried and tested.

Being so exposed you’ll need to keep it fastidiously clean to keep it looking fresh, but thanks to the frame and swingarm’s natural Titanium Dioxide coating it won’t rust or corrode.

CCM Heritage 71 Titanium engraving

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
2 out of 5 (2/5)

30 grand is a huge amount of cash to spend on a simple single-cylinder roadster and its rivals will offer a similar riding experience for a fraction of the cost. But the CCM is exclusive and undeniably special, which for some will be money well spent.

If you're in the market for a simple, good-looking roadster without the pricetag then a Triumph Speed Twin 900 would be a logical rival. Ducati's new Scrambler 800s or the upcoming Fantic Caballero 700 is worth consideration.

But if you want something with a similar level of specialness and exclusivity then look at the equally British Langen Two Stroke Café Racer.

CCM Heritage 71 signature detail


5 out of 5 (5/5)

As well as its chassis and exhaust, the Heritage has titanium Raptor footpegs, hangers and is littered with titanium bolts and fasteners. The front mudguard, rear hugger, seat unit, heel plates, engine covers, engine mounts and nose fairing are all carbon fibre and the Image Design paint job is applied immaculately by hand.

Other goodies include keyless ignition, an adaptive LED cornering headlight, sequential LED indicators, billet ali yokes, machined and engraved Monza filler cap, leather seat, Rizoma grips and master cylinder reservoir with machined ali caps, a Domino quick-action throttle, Oberon machined adjustable levers and bar end mirrors and a machined catch can and radiator guard.

CCM Heritage 71 fuel cap


Engine size 600cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled 4v single
Frame type Tubular titanium trellis
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 136kg
Front suspension Öhlins 43mm forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Öhlins shock, fully adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston radial Brembo calipers.
Rear brake 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Front tyre size 130/60 x 19
Rear tyre size 130/60 x 19

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £84
Annual service cost -
New price £29,995
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 50 bhp
Max torque 39 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

2023: Titanium chassis Heritage ’71 Ti launched to celebrate CCM’s 50th anniversary. Only 71 to be built.

Other versions

CCM are constantly updating their hand-built model range in a number of styles, all powered by a slightly detuned version of the Heritage ’71 Ti single cylinder engine, housed in a tubular steel frame.

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