I read the story of Cleveland CycleWerks (CCW) in several motorcycle blogs and I think the story deserves more attention not only from motorcycle enthusiasts but from American politicians and society as a whole.
Cleveland CycleWerks (CCW), based in Cleveland, Ohio, makes low-cost American-style motorcycles and sells them in the United States, Europe, and many other countries. Scott Colosimo, the owner of Cleveland CycleWerks, had a vision: He wanted to build “cool motorcycles people can actually afford.” Scott has never tried to hide the fact that CCW bikes are made in China. But he also made it clear that he tried to manufacture them in the United States.
Scott Colosimo ”spent plenty of time banging his head against the wall attempting to source parts domestically,” but he could never get the support he needed from American manufacturers. Our manufacturers had “liability concerns.” While American manufacturers were horrified by the idea of making parts for new motorcycle products, in China they asked how many do you need and when? Scott had no alternative but to take the plans for his bikes and arrange the manufacturing in China, and he succeeded.
P.I.T. Motors Ltd (Parallel Intelligent Transportation Inc) located in South Jersey, is the exclusive distributor for Cleveland CycleWerks motorcycles. Their Web site will help you find a dealer in your area.
Tha Heist by Cleveland CycleWerks
“Tha Heist” is a low cruiser with a 250cc air-cooled engine. The engine is made by one of the world’s largest engine manufacturers, LIFAN. The bike also features 21”front wheel and an 18” rear wheel. It can reach top speed of 70mph and can give you 77mpg. MSRP is $3,195, which makes it a great beginner’s bike.
Tha Misfit by Cleveland CycleWerks
“Tha Misfit” is a lightweight, modern café racer for the US Market and uses the same 250cc engine as the Heist. MSRP is $3195, and the bike is advertised as “an affordable alternative to the overpriced and over motored commuters currently on the market.”