The exclusive all-titanium bike with an English style

Released to celebrate CCM’s 50th anniversary, the Heritage ’71 is an object that goes beyond style and motorbikes. Entirely handmade in England, it weighs very little and concentrates the essential and the maximum that can be asked of a frame, lightness. With its 136 kg empty tank, it is a hymn to the founder of the Bolton brand, who made this feature the construction and design philosophy of his vehicles.

The origins in motocross

Alan Clews, founder of CCM who passed away in 2018 at the age of eighty, was a good cross rider in the late 1960s. His dream was to have a lighter and more agile motocross bike like the BSAs racing at that time. He was struck by the bike driven by world champion Jeff Smith, equipped with a titanium frame. When BSA went out of business in 1971, Clews bought all the parts available at the factory and started building dirt bikes in his garage.

Initially, he modified the BSA B50 500cc engines, making extensive improvements and in the mid-1970s, the CCM racing team achieved good results in the 500 World Championship motocross class. After starting with BSA engines, in the eighties and nineties CCM passed to the Rotax, reaching 3,500 motorcycles. Between 1983 and 1985, over 4,000 pieces left the Bolton factory for export to North America under the Can-Am brand.

Also in the 1980s, CCM signed various collaboration and production contracts with SWM and Harley-Davidson for the NATO sectors. Meanwhile, the company had changed ownership under the name Armstrong-CCM Motorcycles and was using Suzuki’s DR-Z400 powertrains. When the company closed down in 2004, it went back to being owned by Clews under its original name.

The strength of titanium

Much of CCM’s success, albeit niche, derives from the basic philosophy focused on the search for lightness. The titanium frame was the greatest innovation, and the true trademark of Clews’ bikes. Resistant and lightweight, the titanium dioxide patina ensures protection from rust and deterioration.

The new Heritage ’71 uses an aerospace titanium frame that achieves the maximum degree of lightness of this material. The wheels are Bespoke 7 Spoke Dymag racing wheels, created on commission to optimize and lighten the total weight by an additional 6 kg. To complete the picture of lightness there are the Raptor footpegs, the bolts and the QD Racing exhaust, all in titanium.

The Heritage ’71 is an exclusive motorcycle that celebrates CCM’s fifty years

Lots of technology and style

Maintaining the key characters of its history, the Heritage ’71 is equipped with new LED Adaptive Cornering headlights to illuminate the road and to attract even more attention, the direction indicators are also multifunctional and sequential LED.

The riding position provides an upright torso for maximum control and enjoyment. The saddle is in semi-aniline in Beluga and rests on the aeronautical aluminum frame that bears the signature of the founder Alan Clews. The suspensions are Öhlins Blackline, Brembo brakes, while the finishes and details are entrusted to Rizoma and Image Design Custom.

For those who want an all-English motorcycle, CCM is the most exclusive choice in a market, where the historical brands of his majesty (except for Triumph), are all foreign owned and retains its nationality in the shapes and in the repeated similarity between the various models. The secret is the ability to configure each motorcycle during the purchase phase, allowing you to have a new customized piece from the factory.

In the case of the Heritage ’71, CCM wanted to create a motorcycle in a very limited series of only seventy-one pieces, available for 34,500 euros which, for a naked 600 cc, are certainly not few, but the cheapest models start at 10,000.

The motorcycle universe is increasingly updated with news and changes, at times epochal, of the models and technologies used. We often tend to look for performance in terms of electronics, power management or braking. Just as often it is forgotten that there are valid, simpler solutions, but which arise from the design intelligence of valuable craftsmen.

This was also intuited by Alan Clews who, in “only” fifty years, created motorcycles inspired by a dream, putting his hand to the materials to obtain what could be the maximum expression of his concept of lightness. Ideas that over time have proved to be successful and exclusive and with that slightly British attitude, never change to always remain current.

Source: Virgilio Motori by

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