British-made scramblers are becoming something of a theme in this year’s delayed crop of Hollywood blockbusters. Not only is James Bond set to appear on a Triumph Scrambler 1200 in the forthcoming No Time to Die film, but niche brand CCM Motorcycles has secured a starring role in Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow.
Both movies should have hit theaters months ago but have been postponed due to the pandemic, with the result that the limited-edition production bikes celebrating their silver screen siblings have been ahead of their openings rather than after them. Triumph’s Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition was unveiled back in May, and now CCM has released the Blackout to mark its Black Widow appearance.
It turns out that the limited-edition, hand-built CCM Spitfire Scrambler caught the eye of Marvel’s producers, leading to the call to supply a Spitfire to undergo tests for the Black Widow stunt team. The firm says the standard bike was more than capable of standing up to the beating it met at the stunt riders’ hands—eliminating the need for the dressed-up dirt bike doubles that Hollywood usually resorts to when the going gets tough.
The successful audition led to CCM supplying six bikes to the moviemakers, and preview stills have already emerged showing Scarlett Johansson’s title character aboard a tatty-looking Spitfire. It’s a grittier look than the futuristic preproduction Harley-Davidson LiveWire that the character rode in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and as a result the limited-production spin-off isn’t a part-for-part clone. Instead CCM has built a high-spec Spitfire derivative, labeled Blackout, to mark its appearance in the movie.
The Spitfire—named after the use of the same T45 steel in the frame that was used during the production of the WWII fighter plane of the same name—is the basis of the Blackout, which gains a blacked-out look to match its title. The frame is powdercoated in metallic black, and the tank and carbon fiber nose fairing get the same finish, with the addition of a gray side panel and red pinstripes. The red is mirrored in the anodized red triple clamps, red rear spring, and the cam covers of the Husqvarna TE 630-based single-cylinder engine. That engine puts out about 60 hp, breathing through a new slash-cut, stacked exhaust, and the bike’s lightweight design and liberal use of carbon fiber mean it only weighs around 306 pounds dry (or 7 pounds lighter than the Scrambler that preceded it).
Who is CCM? The firm, based in Bolton, Lancashire, was founded back in 1971 as Clews Competition Motorcycles by motocross rider Alan Clews, who saw decent results in the 500cc class of the World Motocross Championship in the mid-‘70s. In the 1980s, the firm’s bikes were exported to the USA and sold under the Can-Am brand. CCM also built the Armstrong MT500 military bikes that were later developed into the Harley-Davidson MT350, and still makes the MT230 police and military bikes used by defense and security forces around the world.
In light of the limited numbers built and its hand-made construction, the Blackout’s UK price of £8,995 (around $11,800) doesn’t seem unreasonable—in fact, it’s the cheapest of the nine Spitfire derivatives CCM currently offers, with the remaining eight models ranging from £9,995 ($13,100) to £18,000 ($23,600).
Black Widow isn’t the first big-budget Hollywood movie a CCM motorcycle has appeared in either; the company’s 644 model was modified to become Angelina Jolie’s transport in 2001′s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
While the Spitfire and its derivatives are currently only sold in the UK, the company is working on a Euro 5-compliant version to gain full European certification and open the doors to international markets.
CCM Blackout Limited Edition Movie Tribute Model Specifications
|MSRP:||£8,995 (around $11,800)|
|Engine:||600cc, liquid-cooled single-cylinder|
|Bore x Stroke:||100.0 x 76.5mm|
|Claimed Horsepower:||55 bhp|
|Front Suspension:||Adjustable inverted fork; 4.7-in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Adjustable monoshock; 4.7-in. travel|
|Front Brake:||320mm disc|
|Rear Brake:||230mm disc|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Spoked; 19-in. / 17-in.|
|Seat Height:||33.8 in.|
|Fuel Capacity:||3.6 gal.|
|Claimed Dry Weight:||306 lb.|