CCM SPITFIRE CAFE RACER (2019 - on) Review

Highlights

  • Gorgeous hand-built finish
  • Lightweight enough to rival any supermoto
  • A piece of automotive art as much as a vehicle

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Power: 55 bhp
Seat height: Tall (33.7 in / 855 mm)
Weight: Low (313 lbs / 142 kg)

Prices

New £9,274
Used N/A

Overall rating

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

The CCM Spitfire Café Racer is something rather special, managing 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.

The CCM Spitfire Cafe Racer is available alongside the Bobber. Both bikes were introduced when the original CCM Spitfire went off sale in 2018.

Ride quality & brakes

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

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

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

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

Reliability & build quality

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

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.

Our CCM owners' reviews report no serious reliability issues although one reports a gearbox that took a long time to run in and some superficial corrosion starting to appear. The vast majority of these bikes will be lovingly stowed away on all but the sunniest of weekends, though.

Value vs rivals

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

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.

The most obvious rivals are the Triumph Speed Twin 900 or Ducati Scrambler 800 - neither of which can get near the CCM for exclusivity or bespoke, handmade luxury. If you wanted an alternative British-made retro you could look to Langen, but their Two Stroke costs north of £33k.

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

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

You get a lot of mouth-watering kit for little money with a CCM Spitfire: 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.

What you don't get is any electronic wizardry - but this will suit most owners - or much in the way of practicality. The Marzocchi forks and YSS shock are fully adjustable, though, and four-piston radial Brembo brakes are straight from the top drawer.

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £73
Annual service cost -
New price £9,274
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 55 bhp
Max torque 43 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model 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.

Owners' reviews for the CCM SPITFIRE CAFE RACER (2019 - on)

3 owners have reviewed their CCM SPITFIRE CAFE RACER (2019 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your CCM SPITFIRE CAFE RACER (2019 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Engine: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Equipment: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
4 out of 5 CCM after 3 years review
04 July 2022 by JM

Year: 2019

Best for design and style Worst handling and tyres wear square, rust on frame and painted parts

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Suspension front too hard and back ohlins also too hard, back brake non existent front is excellent

Engine 4 out of 5

Engine great, only problem it stall sometimes ( as most large single do )and starter button is on the dash

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Rust everywhere on the frame and bracket, tend to overheat in heavy town traffic

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Tyres tend to last 1000 miles rear and 3000 front, do about 40 mpg

Equipment 4 out of 5

Overall good , with plenty of upgrade for the cheque book owners

Buying experience: All good overall, hard to contact CCM office for issues on bike , best to try one before buying

5 out of 5 Spitfire
21 August 2020 by Richard oram

Version: Cafe racer

Year: 2019

Great bike so easy to ride , such a laugh

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Such a good standard of build quality

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Brought from ccm new , fantastic experience

4 out of 5 Simple but brilliant
17 April 2020 by Dans12345

Version: Flat tracker

Year: 2019

A simple but mad little bike. Side stand will drive you mad, (and that’s it)

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Riding is a blast but I’m sorry I didn’t buy the optional Front second disc and calaper🙄

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Very happy with build quality and had no issues.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

It’s basic but perfect for this type of bike.

Buying experience: Excellent sales team and very experienced

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