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British Motorcycles

Armstrong 1981-1987

Armstrong were motorcycles produced from 1981 to 1987.

Having once been interested in Triumph with unsuccessful results, this large engineering firm took over CCM in 1980.

  • 1981 CCM was briefed to produce a road racer which was shown as the CM35 and fitted with a 247cc water-cooled two-stroke Rotax engine unit and a six-speed Austrian gear-box. The frame had rising-rate rear suspension, Marzocchi front forks and BremboBrembo disc brakes. Immediately successful, it had a TT win and grand prix placings.
  • 1982 A 347cc version was added in the same format and the off-road CCM models became badged as Armstrong CCM. By the middle of the year, Rotax engines were being used.
  • 1983 Machines were being supplied to Can-Am for the American market, with badges to suit.
  • 1985 The company won a contract to supply the British Army with large numbers of trail machines. These were built to military specifications and fitted with a de-tuned version of the big four-valve Rotax single. After that, the road racing twins had little success.
  • 1987 Harley-Davidson bought the military machine operation and the rest of the business was sold back to the founder of CCM, Alan Clews.


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