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CCM’s new road-focused single

Published: 15 July 2001

CCM’s R30 comes with the kind of creature comforts that the British firm hopes will attract a wider audience.

It’s got a rev-counter, cush-drive, alloy wheels and even a fully-painted pearlescent finish, all unusual for CCM, a firm best known for its off-road competition bikes.

The cush-drive in particular will account for a marked feel in the new bike. It should ease wear and tear on the chain and gearbox and provide a much more fluid getaway. Italian specialists Grimeca manufacture the 17-inch alloys for CCM. They take a relatively small 150-section rear and 120 front. As standard the R30 will come with sticky Dunlop GPR80s.

And with top-notch suspension, you’ll really want to explore the handling. The front-end boasts a set of upside-down WP forks. They’re 43mm in diameter and completely adjustable. They even offer a whopping 280mm of travel.

The back-end fares even better, with 300mm of travel. It too is a fully-adjustable WP unit, but using CCM’s linkless rising-rate connection.

The top-of-the-range theme doesn’t end there though. The brakes are Brembo. A 320mm disc sits up front gripped by a single two-pot caliper. The rear uses a 280mm disc and single-pot caliper.

The chassis is hand-built by CCM and identical to that on the current Supermoto. The swingarm is shorter than the usual dual-sport item though. This should help quicken the steering a little, although with ultra-cool Renthal tapered-bars fitted as standard you’ll have more than enough leverage to flick the bike around like a 125. Combine that with the other components and a dry weight of just 132kg, and it looks like a top-notch trackday bike and backlane scratcher.

The Rotax Bombardier air-cooled single is a four-valve lump making 57bhp at 7000rpm and 41 lb/ft of torque just 200rpm before that. CCM promise that the power-delivery will be just as punchy as the rest of its bombardier-based models, while the gearing will be set up for the road.

The bike was shown to dealers last week in a special closed-doors presentation. " We were hoping for a positive response, " Said Fox, " but we were blown away by what we actually got. Dealers were placing orders immediately, buying three or four bikes at a time. That’s big news for us, as most dealers prefer to keep just one example of each model. "

The bike will go to the dealers with a list price of £5250, plus £200 for on the road charges. It’s available in silver, gloss black, and pearlescent green.

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