CCM GP450 Adventure Coming To The US?

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CCM GP450 Adventure

A British company has spent the past three years designing and developing an all-new adventure bike that is potentially set to come to the U.S. and could be in dealer showrooms by the end of this year.

The new CCM GP450 Adventure was launched in the UK last year and has now gone on sale with the basic entry-level bike costing £7,995 (around $12,000).

CCM is currently planning on having an extensive dealer sales and service network in place in Europe during this year and is looking to expand into the U.S. market with the GP450 as well as two other versions of the bike in the near future.

Alan Clews, in Bolton, in the UK, created CCM Motorcycles in 1971 as a motorcycle manufacturing company. Its first motorcycles were built in Alan’s garage at his home. In 1975 Vic Eastwood took second place in the 1975 British Motocross Championship on a CCM and this was followed by a spell in road racing with Niall McKenzie winning in the British series and the Isle of Man TT. CCM was also represented in trials and in 1995 the late Donny Schmitt gave CCM its first ever world title in international motocross.

CCM GP450 Adventure

CCM Motorcycles has continued to create, develop and manufacture British built motorcycles. Its off road bike have a loyal following around the world and the GP450 is the latest and perhaps most significant new bike the company has launched in recent years.

The CCM factory initially conceived the CCM 450GP Adventure in 2012 and the first pre-production units were shown to the media in the UK early last year with some very positive reviews. The first customer bikes went into production in the fall of last year.

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  • das not compute

    Is that someone wake boarding in the Thames??? EWE!!!

    • Heath Collins


  • Jesse

    I first read this as CCW GP450, and was confused/elated as to Cleveland Cyclewerks cranking out a right-sized ADV-commuter.

    Still a good looking bike though.

  • augustdaysong

    Steep price but its alleged dry weight did catch my eye

    • Heath Collins

      40hp and 32 ft lb at 286lbs!

  • William Connor

    Small, lightweight, good size power plant for the purpose. What the small and lightweight category of ADV bikes lacks is the ability to carry a passenger as far as a rider can go. I ride everywhere with my wife. She likes it and I like it. Find a way to drop 50 lbs or more off of a GS or other larger bike and then you would have an ideal mount for more people.

    • markbvt

      They make that. It’s called an F800GS. Or Tiger 800 XC.

      • William Connor

        The point was drop 50 lbs without losing all of the rest of the benefits. The Tiger 800 and F800GS are smaller than their brothers but significantly larger than this motorcycle. The Tiger 800 is still almost 100lbs heavier than the CCM.

        • markbvt

          You can’t very easily chop 50lbs without making the bike smaller in some way. But the two 800s are still good-sized bikes. The Tiger especially is very suitable for two-up touring, and is a great long-distance bike. I’ve put over 50,000 miles on mine in two and a half seasons.

          If you’re looking for a bike that’s as large as an R1200GS but only weighs 475lbs, I’m afraid you’re going to be disappointed. They haven’t started making bikes out of unobtainium yet. But I’d like one too. I’d love it if Triumph could shave the weight of the Tiger 800 down to 400lbs.

          • John Hyslop

            You can buy two DRZ’s for what the CCM costs. A larger tank, Seat Concepts kit, windshield, Pivot pegs, skid plate, revalved forks and shock, racks, etc on a DRZ will set you back less than two grand. That would leave you four grand to actually go somewhere.

            I’m not bashing China…but given a choice between a Chinese 450 with forty HP and a 400 with forty HP built in Hamamatsu…for HALF the price, I’d take the Japanese engine every time.

            • markbvt

              Yeah, we’re on the same page. See my other comment thread near the top. :)

            • Michael Howard

              As both the article and video mention, CCM is a British company. They also have a pretty impressive history.

    • di0genes

      Not necessary in your case, as you will always have two people to pick the bike up after it falls over :-)

  • Justin McClintock

    At first glance I kinda thought it seemed expensive. But wasn’t it KTM that just introduced their Dakar bike to the public for something like $30K? In that light, this looks like a downright bargain. Though I can’t help but wonder how it compares to a fully-farkled DRZ.

  • KC

    Interesting, and way too tall for me. The adventure would be climbing up to the saddle. The weight and power are attractive but the KTM RC390 will have to do – whenever it gets here.

  • Joe Bar

    Looks like the BMW/Husky Chinese engine resurfacing, again.

  • MichaelEhrgott

    Oh dear god. I’ll sell both my bikes for this. Do it all if I ever saw one.

    • MichaelEhrgott

      Ground clearance of 14.1 inches. :D 4.5 gallon fuel tank! Man this better come to the U.S. like right meow.

  • Bones Over Metal

    Failed to mention that it is currently available in Canada.

    • Justin McClintock

      What are they going for up there in the great white north?

      • Bones Over Metal

        I haven’t put a deposit down, although was close so don’t have the exact figure but was told $12 G’s.
        So maybe it’ll be slightly less in the states. On average there is about a thousand dollars difference on new bikes.

  • markbvt

    I’m not getting the love for this bike. Yeah, it looks like fun, but for half the price you could get a DR-Z400S that has very similar specs (40hp and dry weight of 291lbs). Or for a lot less than that you could find a lightly used DR-Z400E (50ish hp and dry weight of 262lbs) and plate it. Or for that matter, for a couple grand less than the CCM you could get a KTM 690 Enduro that only weighs a few pounds more but makes 66hp.

    If this bike were offered at, say, $7000, it would be a very compelling choice. But at $12k it makes no sense.

    • Justin McClintock

      I think I’m kinda feeling the same way. I dunno. Maybe it’s got unobtainium suspension and really is only meant for those that are really going to appreciate that. Then I could get the price. But unless that chassis is something special, it does seem a bit spendy for what it is.

    • Kr Tong

      Hp isnt really the goal here. The motor in stock form makes 52 hp. Its been detuned for longevity, intervals, mpg. A drz400s is 320 lbs wet. There’s also as many electronics on this bike as a multistrada but works even better because of the 120 lb weight difference. The money is in the frame, suspension, fairings, and everything that makes it effectively a bike that really works well anywhere. Not necessarily the things that make bikes look good on paper.

      • markbvt

        By the time you put gas/oil/etc in this bike, it’ll be 320lbs too. And the DR-Z engine is also detuned for longevity/etc. And you bring up electronics as though they’re a good thing — complex electronics are the last thing I want on a bike like this. Sorry, but your argument is unconvincing.

        • Kr Tong

          I doubt you’ll ever get more than 50 hp from a drz motor. DRZ E carbs, 440 kit, all that and you’ll nudge up near it but that’s a lot of money you’re putting into it. If you want 52 hp from this thing you pay $80 for a kit and it’s done. Its still not the same frame and suspension, not the long-distance carbon kevlar fairings, touring tank, adjustable seat and ergos for taller/shorter riders, with actual wind protection and a place for your Gps. Not ‘complex’ electronics that lets you adjust your suspension settings by pushing a button.

          The drz is a great bike but it’s not this.

          • Justin McClintock

            You can get over 60 hp on pump gas out of a DRZ motor if you go with a bore and stroke, FCR41 carb, cams, and exhaust. And it’ll still be as reliable as an anvil. It’s been done. Not that it really makes any sense for a ADV bike, more just an FYI. DRZ motors are amazing.

            • Kr Tong

              Youll get 50-51 hp from that, byt youre also splitting the case to stroke it.

              You can read about the bmw motor. The g450x had two settings for 40 and 52 almost out of the box.

          • markbvt

            The DR-Z E makes 50hp stock. I would buy a lightly used one for $3k and plate it. Adding big gas tank and luggage racks isn’t very expensive. Upgrading the suspension is a bit more, but that bike really doesn’t need much beyond the correct rate springs for your weight. I wouldn’t let ESA anywhere near a bike I was planning to beat on — it’s not that hard to make adjustments manually. And I don’t need Dakar fairings. They’re just something else to get in the way.

            If you want to spend the money on this bike, great. I’m sure you’ll be happy with it — it does look like an excellent motorcycle. I’m just saying that as a value proposition it doesn’t hold up, unless the price turns out to be just a couple thousand more than the DR-Z instead of nearly twice the price.

            Regarding the hp, I actually do consider that to be an issue for a bike in this class. Any trip I’m going to go on, the bike is going to need to haul me (6’4″/260) and my gear (I keep it fairly light, but still, probably 30lbs or more worth of camping gear, clothes, etc) not only over slow-speed dirt, but also over high-speed pavement. I’ve done it on my XR650L and it’s not fun. A bike in that ~40hp class struggles at higher speeds, especially in wide-open landscape with plenty of wind. Some more power is really helpful in those situations to keep the bike from feeling badly wound out.

            • Benjamin Lindemuth-Mcrobie

              Errr, The 400E will put out around 38 – 40 HP at the wheel in stock form – the s around 33-35 – And the E is not going to be fun on the highway / long rides, rather it’s not bulit to be an adventure bike, most riders will probably fatigue on that thing pretty quickly. – it’s going to shake you around a bit. Plus (and I’m not sure why this is never part of the conversation) this bike is FUEL INJECTED! With the larger displacement but the more conservative power, should be much more friendly on road. With the fairing and luggage options, this could be the ktm390 Enduro I was looking for. Hopefully they could place it right around 9k. Would be a great bike!

              • markbvt

                The info I’ve found lists the DR-Z E at 50hp and the S at 40 (both at the crank, of course; the CCM’s 40hp will be at the crank too). I rode through Labrador and Newfoundland summer before last with a friend who was on a DR-Z E, and true, he didn’t have as much fun on the paved stretches as I did on my Tiger, but he had no trouble keeping up (he’d regeared it with S sprockets for taller gearing). As for the bike being fuel injected… that makes no difference to me. Properly jetted carbs work great.

                Any small single is going to feel tapped out on long highway stretches. That’s one of the reasons ADV bikes are multicylinder. I’ve been saying for years, if Suzuki were smart they’d take the basic SV650 platform, fit DR-Z400 suspension and wheels, keep the whole package under 400lbs, and basically offer the poor man’s version of the KTM Super Enduro. Something with real dirt ability and light weight but the power and smoothness of a twin for long-distance higher-speed riding. I’m convinced they’d sell a lot of them.

              • Justin McClintock

                FI is highly overrated to a lot of people. Especially those who would be willing to build a DRZ into exactly what they want.

            • CruisingTroll

              BFD!! You can ALWAYS buy a used bike, dump some money into it, and “come out ahead” compared to buying a new bike. Or at least “always” as in “it seemed like a good deal at the time…” Do you think a GTL1600 is too expensive? Well, I can spend 8k on a lightly used GL1500, put another 3k into this, that, and the other thing, and then spend the next 5 months riding around the country on the money I saved. ooooh, aren’t I f’in’ brilliant???

              If it’s too expensive for your blood, don’t buy it.

    • Nathan Haley

      Okay, this is a big deal: You can’t just take the British MSRP and run it through a currency computer to get the American MSRP. RA shouldn’t even put the converted price in the article – it’s meaningless at best and misleading at worst.

      C’mon, do you really think this thing is going to be sold for $12k (Tiger 800 money) in the US? Bearing in mind that the FZ-09 in the UK (there called the MT-09) is listed at 6,799 British pounds (or just over “$11,000″) and here the MSRP is $7,990.

      That being said, I would not be surprised to see the CCM offer the bike for anywhere up to $10k, however. It seems every bit as capable as a 690 Enduro as a lightweight adventure platform, despite the displacement differential.

      • Justin McClintock

        Yeah, that’s a good point. British prices are all over the freakin’ map and seem to have no bearing on what anything might cost elsewhere. Good reminder.

      • markbvt

        You do make an excellent point. It’s never a straight conversion. But at the same time, a small company like CCM will be limited in how they can price the bike simply due to production costs. I would never expect them to get it as low as the DR-Z price, but if they can only get it down to $10k, it’s still going to be a hefty chunk of change for that type of bike.

  • IRS4

    But how do you sharpen the tires?

    • hunkyleepickle

      you sir win the internet for the day.

    • zedro

      I always still think “crappy bikes sold at Canadian Tire”

  • Lord Triumph

    Not sure if this has been mentioned but the engine is a slightly reworked BMW G450X unit. That’s made by Kymco if you didn’t know.

  • NYRider

    Almost makes me want to consider getting rid of my ArmstrongCCMHarley contraption.

  • John

    Triumph should buy these guys.

  • Scott Vogt

    I saw this bike at the Vancouver bike show in February. I was most excited to see this bike there. After sitting on it and checking it out it made me wonder why there arent more adventure bikes this size. it felt awesome i wish i coulda rode it