CCM is known for their lightweight and capable GP450 Adventure, a trail-blazing model for the middleweight adventure bike class that is now discontinued. More recently, the British manufacturer has been building a line of scrambler-style motorcycles dubbed ‘Spitfire’, in honor of the World War II fighter plane. They all share a steel trellis frame, single-cylinder 600cc engine designed by Husqvarna and a slim, purposeful look. The new ‘Blackout’, however, is the only one that can also claim to be a Hollywood star.
Based on the Spitfire platform, the ‘Blackout’ was recently unveiled by CCM to celebrate its appearance in the upcoming Marvel film, Black Widow. The movie, starring Scarlett Johansson in the title role, was scheduled for release in May, but was pushed back to November due to the pandemic. That’s why the bike is coming out before the film, but we’re more excited about the bike anyway.
In the film, the Black Widow rides a scruffy, battle-worn Blackout, however CCM will release to the public a limited-edition version with a more refined finish. The production version is polished up nicely with a pearl-black powder-coated trellis frame, a flat seat finished in micro-suede and black spoked wheels in a scrambler-appropriate 19/17-inch front/rear combo. Red accent pieces like the upper and lower triple clamps, front-brake caliper, valve covers, pinstriping on the carbon fiber tank and rear shock spring really make it pop. You won’t find any Black Widow badging on the bike, either. Tasteful.
The bike keeps the Spitfire’s engine and trellis, however it features a new performance map for a bit of extra torque as well as a high, two-muffler exhaust system for more ground clearance and a more purposeful growl. On top of that, CCM has also tinkered with the suspension in collaboration with Marzocchi, refining the spring and damping settings both in the front and rear for a plusher ride.
Even if it was just another sharp-looking custom bike, we’d be sold. But it actually performs as good as it looks, apparently. When Marvel producers auditioned the Blackout, they put it through the wringer making sure it would survive jumps, obstacles, off-road bashing and other abuse at the hands of the Black Widow, or actually her stunt double French rider Sarah Lezito.
Not to ruin any movie magic here, but most Hollywood bikes subjected to such treatment are tarted up dirt bikes. Not so with the Blackout, which CCM affirms was the bike actually used in all the action sequences. That’s pretty impressive, but the spec sheet backs it up: 55 horsepower and 37 foot-pounds of torque at 5,500 rpm, 120 mm (4.75 inches) of adjustable suspension travel front and rear, a 320mm disc brake up front and a 240mm unit in the rear and a dry weight of just 306 pounds (139 kgs).
The best part, if you ask us, is that this is not some one-off creation priced well beyond the reach of mere mortals. It’s a limited-edition motorcycle you can buy for $11,878, or £8995 actually because as of now, it will only be available in Britain. Though they’ve been growing recently, CCM is a small manufacturer. They’re working to meet European specs so the bike may hit the continent later, but they aren’t going to crank out thousands of Blackouts in any case. Most of us will just have to admire it on the silver screen.
For more information go to www.ccm-motorcycles.com
Author: Bob Whitby
Bob has been riding motorcycles since age 19 and working as a journalist since he was 24, which was a long time ago, let’s put it that way. He quit for the better part of a decade to raise a family, then rediscovered adventure, dual sport and enduro riding in the early 2000s. He lives in Arkansas, America’s best-kept secret when it comes to riding destinations, and travels far and wide in search of dirt roads and trails.
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