According to their Facebook page, Cleveland Cyclewerks is bringing their Hooligun 450 dual-sport to Canada.
While CCW doesn’t nail down a specific arrival date (probably a wise decision), they’re saying they hope to have the bike here by the summer of 2013. Usually, Chinese bikes end up coming to the country behind schedule, but their page says they weren’t planning to unveil the bike so soon – it was leaked ahead of schedule, and there might be more kinks to work out. So, take that summer of 2013 date as a guideline.
The Facebook page isn’t clear as to whether the supermoto, or just the dual-sport versions are coming to Canada.
In the past couple years, CCW’s bikes were made in Ohio from parts imported from China. We don’t know if that’s the case with the Hooligun or not.
By the way – when the Hooligun was unveiled, many folks around the interwebs started talking about how similar it was to Christini’s 2WD 450. Here’s what CCW head honcho Scott Colosimo had to say about that, via email:
“CCW has been working with the Hooligun manufacturer for some time now. The frame geometry of Christini and our bike is essentially the same … So yes, we both work with the same manufacturer. Christini and CCW are in two very different markets. We have been in contact and are friendly with each other, but they are going for ultimate competition, while we are more concentrated on the average riders experience and all around qualities of the bike”
CCW did not come up with the original design for this bike, he added. Instead, Colosimo said his company came aboard at the manufacturer’s request after development was already underway:
“We were brought in as a consultant and as we got deeper and deeper into the development of the bike, it became clear that CCW needed this bike in the lineup (why do all the work and give it to another company?). This is just one step in the right direction for us. By 2014, it should become clear why we took this step and where we are going to go with the modern bikes in our lineup.