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About CMR Racing Products Inc.

Denis Curtis, CMR owner, was born in Lincolnshire, England in the late '40s. He served an apprenticeship with a local engineering company called Ruston-Bucyrus Limited and became a Jig and Tool Design Draftsman. He attended a local Technical College during this time and gained a Production Engineering Degree with the City and Guilds of London Institute.

Denis was influenced by many racing motorcycle frame builders of the 50s, 60s and 70s, including Ken Sprayson of Reynolds Tubing and his work with many top riders of the era like Mike Hailwood . Other influences include Colin Seeley with his solo and sidecar frames and the Rickman Brothers and their Metisse frame kits for all types of motorcycle sport. Also of note was Alf Hagon with his V-Twin JAP Sprint Bike, and the Eric Cheney Organization whose Motocross frame exploits were of the highest standard.

Denis Curtis started building and modifying frames for road racing and sprinting (drag racing) in 1965 in the UK. His first projects used Velocette and Vincent engines. After emigrating to British Columbia, Canada in the early 1970's and working and road racing for Fred Deeley Limited, he started his own manufacturing shop called Curtis Racing Frames in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

Curtis Racing Frames operated from 1973 to 1977, producing motorcycle frame kits for all type of racing and street activities. There were a total of six employees. The shop was just across the road from the Fred Deeley Yamaha HQ, which later became Yamaha Motor Canada. The racing division of Fred Deeley Yamaha and Yamaha Motor Canada were frequent visitors to our shop. We enjoyed a close working relationship with them and also with Clarke Simpkins Honda, the Honda motorcycle distributor in BC at that time. Check out the Curtis Racing Frames website.

Denis took a break from motorcycles in 1977 and refocused his energies on the automotive world. In the last 12 years he has returned to motorcycles and motorcycle racing with the VRRA, Canada's Vintage Motorcycle Road Racing Association.  In 2003 Denis' record of injury free racing for many previous years was changed forever when he was bumped from behind at the chicane of a local track and his bike high-sided. His back was badly broken and after major surgery he spent five weeks laid flat in a hospital bed to recuperate. A great amount of soul searching happened there, then lots of work in the gym. He decided to hang up his leathers for good and return to 'building them not riding them'.

Having come full circle, Denis Curtis, the experienced and enthusiastic owner of newly formed CMR Racing Products Inc. invites you to contact us for detailed specifications and quotations about our products by e-mail or by phone. You'll be glad you did!



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