CCM celebrates 45 years of Great British Motorcycles
Keen motorcyclist, Alan Clews, had no ambition to become a motorcycle manufacturer. He worked hard through the week for his wife’s family’s chain of newsagents whilst constantly looking towards the weekend, when he would compete in trials and scramble events.
It was only when his request to purchase a works BSA scrambler was rejected that he decided to build his own competition bike; such was the success of his efforts, that news
travelled fast, demand for his services grew and Clews Competition Machines (CCM) was born.
That was 45 years ago. The letters CCM would become synonymous with multiple successes in motocross, flat-track, trials, supermoto and road-racing competition at the highest level.
Whilst Alan enjoys his well-earned retirement now, his eldest son Austin, himself a champion motocross rider, now fronts the British manufacturer, still based in Bolton, Lancashire. It’s a real family affair with brother-in Law and partner Gary Harthern, younger brother Russell heading operations and sons, Ben, Jack and Billy all taking active roles in the business.
Austin’s vision was to utilise all of the company’s off-road expertise and take it to a broader audience within the burgeoning adventure market; the GP450 project began to take form. Using bonded aerospace technology proven on the firm’s competition winning moto-X machines, Austin aimed to create the lightest adventure travel motorcycle in the marketplace, combining the ability of a dirt bike with the range and comfort of a touring bike.
The super lightweight GP450 Adventure rolled off the production line in November 2014 and, since that time, this unique, adventure machine has taken numerous intrepid adventurers on their exploits around the globe.
Weighing in at just 125kg and underpinned by the finest components, the bike is bestowed with fantastic poise and balance, allowing all levels of rider to access the most forbidding terrain.
Along with hardy adventure types, these same qualities have found favour with a growing band of female and more mature owners, the bike enabling them to continue riding into retirement and beyond. You may even spot a GP450 being carried on the back of a motorhome!