2006 CCM FT35 and R35
New CCM models gain great applause;
Launched in the glare of the World's motorcycle press and in front of the international two wheel industry, the new CCM FT35 and R35 have already made their mark since being unveiled at the International Motorcycle show at the NEC in October 2005.
The media's reaction was extremely positive as ex CCM riders Niall Mackenzie and Nick Jefferies pulled back the covers to reveal these two new exciting offerings from the famous Bolton based firm. This positive theme has carried through as the public have had their chance to get their first live glimpse of CCM's latest models over the days that have followed, with demand growing daily.
Showing great refinement, since the pre production model emerged a couple of months ago, the final finished road going version of the FT35 brought a great round of applause from the respected audience as its true form was realised. The bold and unique styling has delivered a traditional American flat tracker with a modern English twist that is set to become an icon of design amongst its more conservative rivals.
Receiving an equally warm welcome the new smaller R35 also made its debut appearance beside its bigger brother, the R30. Its overall sleek lines mixed with areas of aggressive styling is yet another unique blend from CCM, and one that is sure to please perspective owners who demand to be different, but different with a proud purpose.
With CCM's founder Alan Clews looking on and with many members of his family beside him, the company's new Managing Director Gary Harthern delivered a short speech that mapped out the future for the British factory. Pledging to continue to support the loyal base of CCM owners, Harthern confirmed that the firm recognised its position as a niche and specialist manufacturer, but one that was important to the ongoing history of British motorcycling.
The R35 is the latest in the R model series from the Bolton based bike maker, and uses a winning formula that has been updated with both flair and attitude. The R35 carries the smaller 400cc liquid cooled power plant compared to its more established R30 elder brother, which will continue to be produced alongside this new model. Breathing through a 36 mm Mikuni carb, the compact engine provides incredible torque throughout its 5 speed gearbox.
The steel tubular frame is cushioned by White Power suspension front and back, fully adjustable 48mm diameter forks are designed to give positive feedback to the rider and are beautifully matched to the multi setting PDS rear shock.
Adding to the sports theme, Brembo braking systems offer great stopping power with a 320mm diameter disc at the front and a 220mm at the rear. Performance is matched with comfort with a pair of broad 17 inch wheels.
The stunning body work is available in five vibrant colours, and along with Magura fat bars and the latest Acumen digital speedo, are all presented as standard production options.
For those customers looking to make their R35 even more unique, custom variations such as carbon rims, magnesium wheel kits, 450cc stage 1 big bore kits, power silencers, rear foot rests and carbon body work can all be specified at the time of ordering.
" It is a very exciting period for CCM, we are still dealing with the interest created by the launch of the FT35 flat tracker, and before that has had time to subside we are now launching yet another new model. The R35 is a clear statement that CCM has not lost sight of its core customers and is sure to be a favourite amongst CCM owners both old and new." Commented CCM's Managing Director Gary Harthern.
"The factory is a real hive of activity right now, as everyone is working hard to put the finishing touches to the bikes we will present to both the press and the public at the NEC in just over seven days time. Both the FT35 and the R35 mark yet another chapter in CCM's rich history, and have certainly re-established the brand in the market as a niche British manufacturer of quality and bespoke bikes." Continued Harthern.