British 350 CCM trials bike Test.

 

 

 

Justyn Norek Junior. in the Alps with the CCM

 

 

CCM 350 TRIALS IN OLD HOUSE IN ITALIAN ALPS,       Photo Justyn Sr.

 

 

Justyn Norek Jr Tests a CCM,350 Trials.

 

CCM TRIALS RIDING IMPRESSIONS

 

CCM 35O TRIALS BIKE IS VERY COMPACT. SO ENGINE SEEMS TO BE RATHER BIG.

THIS BIKE HAS CHANGED OWNER RECENTLY.LAST YEAR IT WAS IN THE STABLE OF

CARLO RAMELLA WHOSE ARIEL WE TESTED FOR YOU.BUT RECENTLY IT WAS AQUAIRED BY PIPPO BARTORILLA WHO IS GREAT 4 STROKE FAN AND BUILDER OF MOTO

GUZZI "BARTORILLA" SPECIAL, ALSO TESTED BEFORE FOR YOU.

 

AS BARTORILLA IS PERFECTIONIST IN EVERYTHING, I EXPECTED BIKE WILL START WITH FIRST PROD AND INDEED IT DID. FEW MINUTES TO WARM IT UP AND PIPPO DID SOME ROUNDS WITH HIS JEWEL THAN GIVING HANDLEBARS TO ME.

I DID CAREFULLY SEVERAL ROUNDS TOO LEARNING FEELING OF THE MACHINE AS IT WAS FAIRLY DIFFERENT TO WHAT I AM RIDING NORMALLY MONTESA 4RT!

BIKE WAS VERY DIFFERENT IF COMPARED WITH ARIEL, DUE TO SHORT WHEELBASE

IT WAS VERY MANOUVRABLE AND I COULD DO TIGHT CORNERS AND FEEL GOOD BALANCE.BUT IT WAS ON EASY TERRAI SO LETS GO NOW INTO ROCKY RIVERBED.

I MADE CAREFULLY DECENT AND PUT THE BIKE THROUGH STONY STREAM.

DESPITE I KNOW THE PLACE IT HAS CHANGED AFTER RECENT RAIN SO SOON I FOUND DIFFICULTY WITH SOME BIG STONES, AND WHEN THE BIKE STOPS LOT OF TROUBLE IS TO START IT AGAIN, AND DEINITELY ITS HEAVY AND TALL BY TODAY STANDARDS I AM USED TO.

BUT SLOWLY I GET USED TO MACHINE WORKING MORE WITH GAS THAN CLUTCH AS I AM USED TO.

 ENGINE IS VERY SOFT AND TAKING YOU OFF THE TROUBLE WITH IT'S LOWER REVS TORQUE.

 SO AFTER INITIAL TROUBLE I STARTED TO ENJOY RIDING IT OVER VARIOUS OBSTACLES.

ANYWAY I PUT FEET TO GROUND MORE OFTEN THAN EXPECTED, IT'S NOT AN EASY BIKE TO RIDE OVER THE ROCKS DUE TO ITS WEIGHT.

 

THAT WE CHANGED LOCATION HAVING RIDES UPHILL AND DOWNHILL AND WITH ENGINES TORQUE LONG WHEELIES ARE SHEER PLEASURE.

I TURNED TO VILLAGE QUITE EXHAUSTED AND HUNGRY SO I ENJOYED SOME NICE

BARBEQUE MEAT PREPARED BY CARLO.MAY BE I UNDERSTAND WHY CARLO HAS

SOLD IT, HE HAS PLANS TO GET ANOTHER WORKS BIKE, HOPE HE WILL LET ME RIDE

IT TOO.

IT WAS VERY ENJOYEABLE SUNDAY AS ALWAYS ON MOTORCYCLES IN THE WOOD, AND I HAVE LEARNED SOMETHING NEW ABOUT VINTAGE CLASSIC TRIALS BIKES....

HOWEVER IT WAS HARD WORK, MUCH HARDER THAN OTHER TEST OF BARTORILLA MOTO GUZZI 250, THAT I STILL PREFER.

 

JUSTYN NOREK JR.

 

HERE IS ME ON CCM IN ITALIAN ALPS...

 

JUSTYN

 

 

CCM 350 TRIALS DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS: CCM IS BEAUTIFULL MACHINE AND IT HAS SEVERAL INTERESTING DESIGN SOLUTIONS, I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION FEW: ENGINE BEAUTIFUL AS BSA WAS WITH RIGHT COVER OF CRANKCASE WITH CCM LOGO IN RELIEF, FUEL TANK IN ALUMINIUM PARTICULAR SQUARISH SHAPE, MAY BE INSPIRED BY PETE JERRED HONDAS, PARTIALLY COVERING ENGINES HEAD MAKING BIKE LOOK LOWER, BEAUTIFULLY HANDCRAFTED FRAME IN CHROMED REYNOLDS 531 TUBING, CHAIN LENGTH ADJUSTMENT ECCENTRIC TYPE AT THE SPINDLY OF SWING ARM (WHO HAS DONE IT FIRST ?), NICE STYLED AND COMFORTABLE SEAT PERFECTLY MATCHING REAR FRAME LOOP WITH SEAT BASE IN FIBERGLASS, INTERESTING SILENCER WORKING VERY WELL WITH ANTI-VIBRATION RIBS,MAGNESIUM FRONT  FORKS, PLASTIC UNBREAKABLE PRESTON PETTY MUDGUARDS,DUE TO ITS RARITY, VERY MUCH SOUGHT AFTER AND EXPENSIVE, KIND OF CULT BIKE DESPITE DIDNT ACHIEVE MUCH COMPETITION SUCCESS....                                                               WANTED!!! CCM 350 TRIALS 4 STROKE!

 

 

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SOME HISTORY OF CCM TRIALS 350 4 STROKE.

 

HAVING "KILLED" BIG FOUR STROKE TRIALS BIKES WITH HIS REVOLUTIONARY BULTACO TWOSTROKE PROJECT AND AFTER RELOUNCHING FOUR STROKE TRIALS BIKES AGAIN WITH HIS HONDA PROJECT, SAMMY MILLER AGAIN ARISED HOPES OF ALL FOURSTROKE TRIALS BIKES FANS, ONLY TO DISCOVER THAT SAMMY PARTED COMPANY WITH HONDA.

HE WANTED TO CONTINUE WITH FOUR STROKES AND ASKED CCM BOSS ALAN CLEWS

TO SUPPLY HIM BSA ENGINES. UNFORTUNELLY ALAN CLEWS TURNED DOWN REQUEST THINKING ABOUT MAKING 4 STROKE TRIALS BIKE HIMSELF.

SO WE WILL PROBABLY NEVER KNOW HOW MILLER'S BSA/CCM WOULD HAVE LOOKED (WATCH THIS SPACE) AS SAMMY TURNED HIS CREATIVITY TO BUILD ITALIAN HIRO TWO STROKE ENGINED "MILLER" TRIALS BIKE...

IN THE MEANTIME CLEWS STARTED HIS CCM TRIALS PROJECT WITH HELP OF NICK JEFFERIES EXPERIENCE ON HONDA TRIALS BIKE.

NICK'S HONDA WAS INSPIRATION AS WELL AS Its MEASURES HELP TO START NEW BIKE, RATHER THEN START FROM WHITE PIECE OF PAPER.

NEWS ABOUT FOUR STROKE TRIALS BIKE EXCITED FOUR STROKE FANS SO MUCH THAT CLEWS ANNOUNCED 100 BIKES TO BE BUILT.AND OF COURSE NICK JEFFERIES WAS RIDER TO COMPETE ON IT AND DEVELOP IT.

NICK HAS GOT HIS FIRST PROTOTYPE IN FEBRUARY 1978 HE WAS RATHER DISSAPOINTED, BIKE WAS NOT SATISFACTORY AS HANDLING AND DESPITE 4STROKE POWER IT HAD PROBLEMS WITH TRACTION, ALSO STEERING AND HANDLING SHOULD BE IMPROVED.

SO NUMBER OF MODIFICATIONS WERE CARRIED IN FACTORY INCLUDING CHANGE OF

SOME DIAMENSIONS LIKE STEERING HEAD ANGLE, REAR SWING ARM PROPORTIONS ETC.BIKE WAS AGAIN TESTED BY NICK AND THAN BACK AT FACTORY FOR SOME REFINEMENTS.EVEN ENGINE CAPACITY WAS EXPERIMENTED OF 351 AND 412 JUST TO DICOVER THAT 350 WAS BEST.

PRODUCTION RUN OF 105 UNITS WAS COMPLETED AND SOLD SO QUICKLY DESPITE HEFTY £ 1300 PRICE THAT ALAN CLEWS CONTEMPLATED TO MAKE ANOTHER RUN

OF 100, YET WITH CCM MOTOCROSS BIKE ENJOYING GREAT SUCCES TO FINALLY HE HAS DECIDED TO SAVE PARTS FOR MOTOCROSS BIKE PRODUCTION WHERE PROFIT WAS HIGHER...

IN ANY CASE PROJECT OF NEW CCM TRIALS BIKE WITH ITALIAN HIRO ENGINE WAS

ALREADY GOING ON SO IT HAS SIGNED END OF 4STROKE CCM, MAKING IT SO DESIRED AND RESEARCHED TODAY COLLECTOR BIKE...

ONE ONLY CAN'T STOP DREAMING WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN MILLER'S BIKE LOOK

LIKE, HAS HE HAD HIS ENGINES FROM CCM AVAILABLE?

MAY BE ONE DAY I SHALL MAKE DRAWING OF SUCH AN IMMAGINARY BIKE....

THANKS JUSTYN

 

SOURCE HENSHAW CCM BOOK AND VARIOUS MAGAZINES.

 

 

Thanks Guy's for another great Test,

 

We will see what we can do about the missing  "Miller" frame.

 

Justyn Sr rendering of Miller bike.

 

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