CCM produced motorcycles from 1971 to 1980. They have been manufactured
again since 1987.
The initials come from Clews Competition Machines, a firm founded
by Alan Clews, of Bolton, Lancashire, and first called Clewstrokes.
1971 Following on from his success in scrambles, Clews bought a consignment
of parts from the BSA competition shop
when it closed. The first batch of machines, the Clews Stroka, was
based on those parts.
1972 As the Stroka had been a success, the first CCM machines
were produced, based on the BSA B50
engine, at either 499cc or 608cc, but with many refinements and modifications.
Throughout the 1970s those big four-stroke motorcycles were very successful
and late in the decade a trials model joined the list, followed by two-stroke
scramblers fitted with Italian Hiro
1980 Financial problems caused CCM to be taken over by Armstrong,
although the machines kept the name for the following year. After that
they were labelled Armstrong-CCM, and in 1981 the engine unit was
changed to the Austrian Rotax four-stroke
1987 Alan Clews bought his old company back and built it up by selling
spares and Armstrong machines
1989 CCM returned to the world of competition, with a range still
using the Rotax engine.
1990s They continued with a range of trials and motocross models. The trials
version had a two-stroke engine and the motocross models used a big four-stroke
single with capacity ranging from 500cc to 590cc.
1997 A 'super moto' model was added. This was intended for road use and
was excellent - if rather expensive. The motocross model was also available
with Enduro or Rallye Raid trim, and fitted with a 560cc
Rotax engine. After Rotax
ceased production, CCM began to use Suzuki engine units. There were
plans for a super trail model with a huge, Swedish V-twin engine, but nothing
came of it.
2000s Since the beginning of the new century, CCM have continued
using a Suzuki 664cc, plus a 400cc single.
Note: The company has its own web site at http://ccm-motorcycles.com