CCM was founded in 1971 by Alan Clews-Then called Clews
Stroka that soon became Clews Competition Machines, now known as CCM.
During the 70’s CCM had great success in Motocross with John
Banks and Bob Wright. In 1976 Eddie Kidd jumped 13 double decker buses on a 2
valve 500cc CCM. More than 54 machines were then sold to the Sultan of Oman for
his display team.
In the early 80’s CCM Armstrong won the British trials
championship two years running with Steve Saunders. In 1981 CCM Armstrong won
the 250 TT with Steve Tonkin. Niall McKenzie dominated the British 250cc Road
racing championship with the world’s firs all carbon fibre frames.
CCM produced over 4000 motorcycles for the North-American
market under the Can Am brand. During the same period CCM produced more than
3000 MT500 army motorcycles to the British, Canadian and Jordanian armies.
Harley-Davidson bought the rights to produce the MT500 in the
US. In the late 90’s and until the bankruptcy CCM were active in four stroke
racing with rally success in Dakar, but mainly on the supermoto track. In 2004
CCM was at the brink of extinction. Gary Harthern, a local business owner from
Preston came up with the cash needed to restart production. Together with the
two Clews brothers Austin and Russel he now runs the small British company from
the North-West of England.
Since then we have seen the launch of new bikes each year at
the International motorcycle & Scooter show in Birmingham. This will continue
and CCM are now developing a brand new 450cc motocross bike. Motocross is where
it all started in the 70’s and be sure that CCM will soon be back on the MX
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