Eicma 2018: Carl Fogarty joins forces to create Spitfire Foggy Edition
More than just a racy paintjob.
Four-time WSB champ Carl Fogarty has joined forces with CCM to create this Spitfire Foggy Edition. Only 300 will be built…plus one for “King Carl’ himself.
Based on the Bolton firm’s tubular framed, single cylinder 600cc Spitfire platform, the Foggy Edition is inspired by the Blackburn rider’s illustrious WSB career.
He might have steered the development of factory superbikes back in the day, but working with the CCM design team, this is the first time he’s been given a clean sheet to craft a new machine.
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“It's really exciting to be so hands on,” he explains. “I’ve never been asked to design a bike before, so I was a bit nervous, but I thought if you’re going to relate a bike to me, it’s got to be associated with something I am famous for - riding a certain red bike, with a number one on it, during the 90s.
“CCM’s director, Austin Clews, has been one of my best mates for the last 20 years. I’ve been involved with them before and I’m excited to be working with them again. They’ve got a great product with the Spitfire and I’ll be a lot more hands on than previous things I’ve done over the last few years.”
With its bespoke carbon fibre bodywork and lashings of billet aluminium the Foggy Edition weighs just 142kg and a remap boosts power by 10bhp over the standard Spitfire. Glossy blood red paint, gold frame and wheels and a hand crafted underseat pipe, together with Michelin, Agip and Foggy stickers are all a nod to bike that made his name.
The special CCM also comes with specially made HEL monobloc calipers (with ‘Foggy eyes’ logos), 17” machined forged ali wheels, fully adjustable Marzocchi forks and Ktech shock. Two handlebar options are available: Cafe Racer, or flat track style.
“I wanted the bike to be fun and comfortable on country roads and around town”, Foggy adds. “That's what I want from a bike these days and hopefully people will love it - it’s a striking little bike.”
Foggy tested a pre-production version of his new machine last week and MCN were there to catch his first impressions.
He says: “It’s exactly as I thought it would be: light, manoeuvrable and roomy. It sounds good, too. The front brakes are brilliant, it turns into corners well and holds a line really nicely.”