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CCM SPITFIRE CAFE RACER (2019-on) Review

Published: 02 January 2019

Updated: 02 January 2019

CCM have created something very special with the Spitfire Café Racer.

Tucked in on the CCM Spitfire Cafe Racer

CCM have created something very special with the Spitfire Café Racer.

  • At a glance
  • 600cc  -  55 bhp
  • High seat height (855mm)
  • New: £9,274

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

CCM have created something very special with the Spitfire Café Racer and manage to mix hand built elegance with serial-production build quality.

Draped in swathes of billet aluminium and designer labels it would cost double the price if it was built in an artisan’s lock-up and its exclusivity makes it more appealing than anything you’ll find in your local dealer.

It might not have the performance and handling of its most popular rivals, but it’s extremely light, easy to ride and perfect for sunny Sunday cruising.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Despite its name, the Café Racer isn’t a machine for tearing up the backroads, it’s more for those Sunny Sunday morning rides we all dream about. Weighing just 145kg dry, it’s supermoto-light and agile, but it doesn’t have the easy refinement of the best from BMW, Ducati, Triumph or Kawasaki - more a tougher, rawer feel.

Ride quality is on the firm side of compliant and girder-stiff billet aluminium yokes give the CCM’s front end the distinctively jarring feel of a new-generation Norton or Hesketh, or an old Bimota or Confederate.

A 19 inch front wheel and knobbly tyres don’t offer the last word in pin-sharp handling and the single front disc brake set-up won’t launch you over the bars, either, but if you want that you’re better off with a Triumph Thruxton R, or BMW R nineT.

Engine 4 out of 5

Sitting neatly between mass-produced and artisan, the new Café Racer is powered by a 55bhp, 600cc single-cylinder BMW-designed Husqvarna motor, hung like a piece of art in a lacquered tubular steel trellis frame, so beautiful it’ll make your beard and turn-ups itch with lust. 

If it’s a performance bike you’re after, look elsewhere because the CCM is all about taking it easy, feeling good and enjoying two wheels with the gentle breeze in your face. The motor offers just the right mix of smoothness and burbling character. Power is modest, but delivered seamlessly with a throttle response so buttery it would put any mass-produced retro to shame.

The middleweight engine is all about cruising

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

With high quality chassis parts and a tried and tested Husky engine, you shouldn’t expect any serious problems. CCM doesn’t have a dealer network, so you’ll have to order your Spitfire Café Racer directly from the factory.

Dealing directly with the people who’ll build your bike fits right in with the ethos of the Spitfire Café Racer. Your bike will even be delivered to your door and CCM will come to you for servicing (every 3500 miles), set-up and repairs. You can also spec your bike a host of official performance accessories and cosmetic trinkets.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

For the price you can either have 185 cut and beard trims at the Bike Shed, or an exclusive, beautifully hand built British motorcycle, dripping in mouth-watering design and parts…and a two-year warranty.

The CCM Spitfire Café Racer is a bargain. Sure, it won't have the performance of its more expensive rivals, but then all retros are going the same speed when you’re cruising past a plate glass shopfront checking out your reflection.

A sub-£10K price tag buys plenty of quality

Equipment 4 out of 5

You get a lot of mouth-watering kit for little money: a hand-built frame, spoked wheels, fully adjustable suspension, lots of billet ali, carbon goodies and a hand stitched seat from the same people who make posh Range Rover interiors.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2019
Year discontinued -
New price £9,274
Used price -
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £66
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 55 bhp
Max torque 43 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 600cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4v single
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 855mm
Bike weight 142kg
Front suspension Marzocchi 43mm forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Single rear YSS shock, fully adjustable
Front brake 320mm wave discs with four-piston radial Brembo caliper
Rear brake 240mm rear disc with twin-piston Brembo caliper
Front tyre size 130/60x19
Rear tyre size 130/60x19

History & Versions

Model history

  • 2016: CCM’s Spitfire range of machines born, all using the same Husqvarna-built 600cc single cylinder engine, mounted in a hand built tubular steel frame.
  • 2019: Spitfire Café Racer released with clip-ons, spoked wheels, knobbly tyres and '71' race number (CCM were formed when the UK went decimal).

Other versions

Spitfire Bobber, Scrambler, Flat Tracker, Six, RAFBF 100 Sptifire, Foggy Edition. All styled differently, but the same basic spec. 

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  • The carbon rear houses the key fob sensor
  • The CCM Spitfire Cafe Racer
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  • The exhaust looks well-crafted
  • The design is minimalist but looks great
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