Cleveland Cyclewerks updates

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Cleveland Cyclewerks is offering an upscale version of their barebones FXx machine that might be street-legal.

The CCW FXx is an off-roader, but not really a dirt bike, per se; company bigwig Scott Colosimo calls it a “motorized mountain bike.” The FXx is stripped down, with no extraneous parts, but the upscale FXr that’s teased on Facebook has a headlight, adjustable suspension and USD forks, as well as shiny paint. The Facebook page says to ask your distributor if you want this brought into your country.

(You can find out more about GVA Brands, CCW’s new Canadian distributor, here).

Why the headlight? According to Colosimo, this bike could end up being road-legal someday. ”

The FXR currently holds an off road EPA cert., but if there is enough interest, we will consider getting on road EPA for 2016,” he said via email. “The bike is physically ready, with required DOT components, we just need to retest for on road EPA.  In certain areas, off road bikes can be ridden on road, if taken to the local highway patrol and inspected for on road worthiness.”

Here's what the Ace looks like with a high scrambler pipe. It's probably officially only for closed-course use, like many aftermarket exhausts.
Here’s what the Ace looks like with a high scrambler pipe. It’s probably officially only for closed-course use, like many aftermarket exhausts.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Speedshop continues to crank out custom parts for the CCW machines; on Facebook, the company teased a “scrambler” pipe for the Ace retro standard. When CCW first started to tease that machine a couple years ago, they advertised it as having scrambler styling, but all the exhaust systems that have come out have featured low pipes.

It’s worth noting that this piece comes from the Speedshop, not from Cleveland Cyclewerks, and would likely be for closed-course use, thanks to the EPA.

While some scramblers have historically had a low exhaust (see the Steve McQueen ISDT machine as an example), most custom builders insist on high pipes, like the classic Triumph and BSA desert sleds.

Almost every custom scrambler built these days has the high-mounted exhaust as a main feature of the design, and if there’s one available for the Ace at a reasonable price, we’re guessing the bike’s intended market (DIYers) will be happy.

Already, some customized CCWs have popped up in Asia sporting similar designs, and the look seems to work.


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