The CCM GP450 can do things most other bikes bold enough to carry the ‘adventure’ moniker can accomplish only in marketing imagery.
If actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman had been able to take the incredibly light CCM GP450 Adventure motorcycle to make their legendary Long Way Round series of TV travel documentaries, they might have spent more time riding through the roughest parts east around the northern hemisphere and south to Cape Town, and less time pushing and picking up their massive BMW GS Adventures.
The trend toward smaller displacement machines, which has Japanese sportbikes now coming in the 125-320cc range and Harley-Davidson making a 500cc cruiser, has finally arrived in the adventure-bike segment with the GP450 Adventure.
It launched in Europe in early 2016, came to Canada late this summer and can go places and do things most other bikes bold enough to carry the “adventure” moniker can accomplish only in marketing imagery.
Adventure bikes are a compromise between off-road capability and touring comfort. In the GP450, that compromise happens across the horizontal centre of the bike. On top, it’s all touring bike, with a wide, comfortable seat, luggage capacity, large gas tank and small windscreen. Down below, it’s all dirt bike, with spoked wheels, the same suspension components favoured by the top European dirt-bike brands and an engine from BMW’s only dedicated off-roader, the short-lived G450X.