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CCM SPITFIRE BOBBER (2019-on) Review

Published: 13 November 2019

Updated: 13 November 2019

CCM's Spitfire Bobber is a limited-edition Brit bruiser

CCM Spitfire Bobber in action

CCM's Spitfire Bobber is a limited-edition Brit bruiser

  • At a glance
  • 600cc  -  56 bhp
  • 56 mpg  -  172 miles range
  • Medium seat height (760mm)
  • New: £9,995

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Who is the CCM Spitfire Bobber aimed at? Given the trend for ‘authenticity’, CCM’s pure sensations and style have obvious appeal.

Practical? Not really. Cool? Yes indeed. Simply sit back and enjoy the CCM’s rather unexpected mix of image and dynamics. It can serve assorted moods, and it’s amusing riding a bike that’ll boogie in a way most folk don’t expect, too.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

With its footpegs placed further forward and lower down, this latest CCM has the most relaxed ergonomics. Where the others compel you to stick your elbows out and crack on, the Bobber’s stance encourages breezier progress. With the plugged-in steering and minimal bulk, you’re soon tearing about in a rather un-bobber way. The exhaust bark, sharp response, low weight and firm suspension make for an exciting, engaging ride. One that leaves you wishing the new 'pegs weren’t so low and widely-spaced.

Engine 3 out of 5

Power comes from the 600cc single-cylinder engine used in all Spits. The same as SWM use in their dual-purpose bikes, it’s an ex-Husqvarna design that’s far from shy about its dirt bike roots. Tossing the front whitewall skywards in the bottom gears, it blats excitedly to the 8000rpm limit and punches out edgy drive through super-close ratios. It might only have 60bhp on tap, but due to the lightness of the bike (135kg dry), it feels like a lot more than that.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Finish is top-notch and servicing is carried out by a trained CCM technician who comes to your house when work is required.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

CCM are only building 500 of these and they’re ten grand a pop, which sounds like quite a lot for a single. Then again you’re not buying a run-of-the-mill production bike, and there are plenty of features that demonstrate where your money is going; from the machined aluminium front mudguard stay and hand-welded frame, down to the tiny bracket for the rear brake master cylinder with its Union Flag detail. Given used Spitfires can fetch more than new ones, it should keep hold of its value pretty well, too.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The new Bobber goes furthest from the original with 1940s styling, smaller wheels and white-wall tyres, plus a more laid-back riding position. It’s gone a bit cruiser... yet the Bobber still manages to be perhaps the most inspiring Spitfire I’ve ridden.

The other Spitfires we’ve sampled feature 19-inch cast wheels carrying oversize flat track-style tyres; on such light bikes (135kg dry) they make up a large part of the overall weight, and their gyroscopic forces can cancel-out some of the bike’s natural agility. It’s not that Spitfires aren’t nimble, more that you’re aware of the large wheels. It just goes with the territory on a flat track-style bike.

Though the Bobber’s smaller spoked wheels still wear chunky rubber, the reduction in size brings smaller forces. So it’s got the lightest and most accurate steering. And, with the same lovingly-made steel tube frame, steering geometry and sportily-configured suspension set-up as the rest of the Spitfires, it has the lightest handling.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2019
Year discontinued -
New price £9,995
Used price -
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £66
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 56 bhp
Max torque 43 ft-lb
Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 56 mpg
Tank range 172 miles
Specification
Engine size 600cc
Engine type Single cylinder
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 760mm
Bike weight 135kg
Front suspension 43mm inverted Marzocchi forks
Rear suspension YSS fully adjustable mono shock
Front brake 320mm disc, four-piston Brembo calliper
Rear brake 240mm disc, single-piston HEL calliper
Front tyre size -
Rear tyre size -

History & Versions

Model history

 2017: CCM unveils the first Spitfire, using a 600cc single engine with 55bhp on tap.

Other versions

  • Foggy Edition Spitfire: 19in allow wheels, underseat exhaust, twin brake discs up front, flat-track bars, red bellypan, signed Carl Fogarty tank. £11,995
  • Foggy S Edition Spitfire: Gold or black 17in allow wheels, under-seat exhaust, twin discs up front, clip-on bars, carbon front fairing, tank signed by Carl Fogarty. £12,495
  • Spitfire Six: Base bike for customising. Choice of tank colours and saddle covers. Renthal flat bars, underslung dual exhaust. £9995
  • RAF Benevolent Fund Spitfire: Black YSS shock, Avon white-wall tyres, floating single seat, Brembo twin front discs, hand-stitched leather panniers, £1000 goes to RAF Benevolent Fund. £18,000
  • Spitfire Bobber: Black YSS shock, Avon white-wall tyres, low-slung exhaust, mid-position footpegs. £9995

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Photo Gallery

  • CCM Spitfire Bobber in action
  • Limited-edition plaque on CCM Spitfire Bobber
  • CCM Spitfire Bobber cornering action
  • CCM Spitfire Bobber front tracking shot
  • Check out the detailing on the 2019 CCM Spitfire Bobber
  • CCM Spitfire Bobber engine
  • CCM Spitfire Bobber shock
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