What if there was a cool little supermoto that you could buy as your first bike? What if it was super cheap, robust and unintimidating? What if it weighed less than 300lbs and cost less than $3,600? Well, that bike is about to become a reality. We’re exclusively revealing these images and details of a pre-production Cleveland CycleWerks Hooligun, a new supermoto/dual sport destined for the Ameri...
What if there was a cool little supermoto that you could buy as your first bike? What if it was super cheap, robust and unintimidating? What if it weighed less than 300lbs and cost less than $3,600? Well, that bike is about to become a reality. We’re exclusively revealing these images and details of a pre-production Cleveland CycleWerks Hooligun, a new supermoto/dual sport destined for the American market later this year.
One of the best things about Cleveland is its baby-faced visionary/designer Scott Colosimo. Rather than send us some boring press release, Scott says, “It is quite simple, we need more options for bikes in the USA. Below is the story of why this bike, why now, and what the fuck.”
“CCW started with classic style motorcycles because we knew we could not come out with UFOs in the beginning; in terms of motorcycle design. The motorcycle culture is very slow to change and I get that. So, CCW is entering the market with some very beautiful neo-retro bikes that look classic, but have some nice modern features. We have to first establish ourselves in the industry and firmly establish our company as people who make cool looking bikes that are affordable and quality built. We are doing that and we will continue to push forward. Plus classic style never dies, I truly believe in timeless design.”
“If we launched CCW with some futuristic designs that really pushed the envelope of current motorcycle design, then we would have met our ultimate death. So what you are seeing is the development of a meticulously planned motorcycle company, one I have been planning in my head for the last 15 years. Think of CCW as the sick mind of the crazy designer that the bosses say yes to. Think of how many bikes are 70 percent there. Fuck that, we push our designs to get closer to cool then most companies.”
“Compare our Heist design to a Honda Rebel and you get the picture. Honda builds Rebels, they are shit in stock form (design wise), but 2 months of chopping and customizing and you get a pretty cool bobber. Well, we just manufacture the Heist as a bobber from the beginning, because no one is telling us, ‘No, you can not do that.’”
“So that leads us to the Hooligun. This is our first bike that is of a modern design. Lets just say that CCW has made some very powerful friends over the past 3 years and we were able to leverage some of our contacts to bring this product to market. Perhaps a quick reference to the Suzuki DR200 is in order. Our motor is an overhead cam 250cc oil-cooled motor. Some may know, others may not know what I am talking about. Because of certain relationships, we were able to use a great platform to redesign and redevelop a great chassis. Because of a strategic joint venture, we can now produce this bike, it is exciting. Our linked rear suspension is aluminum, our very simple frame is very stiff and light weight. Our components are proven performers and the design is freshly completed just a few months ago. CCW has partnered with the best to bring some of the freshest and newest designs to market.”
“We are already shipping this bike outside the USA. We are awaiting EPA approval in the next few weeks/months for this product. When we get closer to the release in the USA, we will release details about the bike. Until then, we can not say too much. It is hard selling to the world as many times the USA is not first to have to product. There are many regulations we have to meet in the USA and we take that very seriously. A product does not launch in the USA until all compliance is met and we are certain the bikes will favor the US population. There are many changes the bikes need for USA homologation versus EEC and Africa, etc. Every country comes with it's own set of rules.”
“Whats next? CCW will continue to develop our classic range, as well as develop some very forward-looking designs. The Hooligun is still a little safe (design wise) for my taste, but hey, we have to start somewhere. We aggressively developed a full line of bikes over the last three years and we are going to back off the gas a little bit on new designs, to ensure the build quality and part quality stays high. There are still a few new bikes in the works, but with the Heist, Misfit, Ace and Hooligun now on the market, we are proud to have a full line of excellent bikes to sell and get more people riding.”
“It is too easy to hop into a cage. Hopefully riding becomes more accessible to more people and kids start thinking about buying their first bike instead of a first car.”