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Track star . . . and one for the off-road.

A new dual sport motorcycle was launched yesterday by one of the only two remaining UKmotorcycle manufacturers, writes James O'Brien. CCM Motorcycles launched its 400cc CMM 404 machine into the on-track and off-road sector, which has grown by 58 per cent this year.

The Blackburn company has invested pounds 4.5 million in the business with majority financial backing from venture capitalists Aberdeen Murray Johnson. The model is the most important in the company's recent history and takes advantage of fewer buyers for the 200mph road bikes which soon take owners through the maximum speed limit on Britain's roads. The bikes start at pounds 4,800 up to pounds 5,700 and the company plans to build between 1,500 and 2,000 annually -well behind Britain's other motor cycle manufacturer, Triumph at Hinckley, which manufactures 20,000 a year.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Sep 3, 2003
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