Confederate Motorcycles rises back from the ashes
Honestly, this was a bit of a surprise really. A good one nonetheless.
Ever since this year began, the industry has been abuzz with the shift to the electric future, including one of the few exotic motorcycle manufacturers, Confederate Motors, who got rebranded as “Curtiss Motorcycle Co.” doing so. (Of course, the name change is due to the business impact of association with the US Confederacy.)
But venture capital fund Ernest Lee Capital believes otherwise. These chaps have successfully acquired the intellectual property rights to the Confederate brands and designs and revived the Confederate Motors Inc. to manufacture high end, extremely high-powered, big V-twin motorcycles in Birmingham, AL, all over again.
Curtiss Motorcycles announces the final production V-Twin, the Warhawk
Before Curtiss Motorcycles shifted entirely to being powered by electric, they wanted one last go at making another extremely high-powered, big V-twin motorcycle to pay homage to the early 20th-century inventor, Glenn Curtiss.
And this is what they came up with. Presenting the limited edition “Warhawk”. Named after the famous World War II fighter plane, this machine is the first one after Confederate changed names to Curtiss, and will also be the last one powered by a V-twin gasoline engine.
Confederate Motors is set to become Curtiss Motorcycle Co.
One of the few exotic motorcycle manufacturers, Confederate Motors, had a pretty successful run in their 26-year tenure, apart from a brief bankruptcy days in 2001-2003. They made extremely high-powered, big V-twin motorcycle models including the Hellcat, Wraith, Combat Fighter and the Combat Bomber, all of which catered to the uber-rich class of customers.
This year, the brand announced that they will be switching to electric powertrain rather than combustion engines and will be renamed as “Curtiss Motorcycle Co.” with effect from January 2018. The name change is due to the business impact of association with the US Confederacy.
The P51 Combat Fighter is the latest creation from Confederate Motorcycles, and as usual it’s as much a work of art as it is a mode of transportation. Far from all show and no go, the designers at the Birmingham, Alabama factory built this striking ride around a massive 2,163 cc (132 cubic-inch) engine that boasts 18 more cubic inches than the next biggest production American mill; the 1,868 cc (114 cubic-inch) Milwaukee-Eight from Harley-Davidson.
As I spoke to Matt Chambers, the man who founded Confederate Motorcycles back in 1991, and designer Jordan Cornille, the enthusiasm was palpable as they discussed this current model that strongly reflects the core principles upon which the company is based; minimalism, primitivism and avant-gardism. Join me while I check out what this Southern-fried manufacturer has going on over there with its latest tribute piece that blends a rebellious attitude with homage for our country’s founders.
Continue reading for my review of the Confederate Motorcycles P51 Combat Fighter.
Motorcycle startup Confederate Motors is planning to raise $1 million through a private stock offering with the hopes of securing enough funding to increase the production of its motorcycles. It’s the first aggressive step initiated by Confederate Motors to increase exposure for its two motorcycles, the X132 Hellcat Speedster and the P51 Combat Fighter.
According to the company, a total of five million shares of the company’s stock will be made available for purchase with each stock unit priced a just $.20. There is a caveat, though. The offering will be made under the Securites and Exchange Commission’s Rule 506 of Regulation D, which stipulates that purchasing a stock in the company isn’t as easy as it looks. For an individual or a company to be eligible in purchasing the available shares, they must be considered as accredited investors by the SEC. That means that an interested party must be someone who has the finances to do it or is an actual financial institution.
Confederate Motors has given no timetable on when it plans to make its five million shares available for purchase, opting only to say that it plans to use the proceeds to increase the production of its models to two per day. That might not seem like a big deal, but for a boutique brand like Confederate Motors, it’s the next step towards establishing itself as a player in the niche motorcycle segment.
Continue reading to learn more about Confederate Motors’ plan to raise $1 million through a private stock offering.
When it comes to unique works of art on two wheels, Confederate Motorcycles is considered one of the most important “artists” from the streets and it is pretty safe to say that its creations are true masterpieces. And there is no wonder why, because the company’s motorcycles have always impressed us in terms of looks, performances and ride and handling abilities.
The latest model launched by the company is called the X132 Hellcat Speedster and was designed by Pierre Terblanche. The motorcycle is hand built, weighs only 500 lbs and is propelled by a potent 2,163 cc, 56° fuel injected V-Twin engine with 4.4” Bore x 4.4” Stroke. The engine puts out a maximum power of 121 hp and 140 foot pounds of torque. All this power is routed to the rear wheel by means of a five speed drag racing transmission.
The new model shares many elements with the initial Hellcat roadster, but it comes with a completely fresh design and plenty of other unique features.
The bike rides on a pair of tasty looking, 18 inch, carbon fiber wheels which are wrapped in front Metzeler ME 880 Marathon 120/70 ZR18 and rear Metzeler Marathon 240/40 VR18 tires.
You also get a stylish solo seat wrapped in leather, carbon fiber fenders and LED lights.
The stopping power is handled by front dual Beringer 4 piston machined monobloc Aerotec radial calipers and rear single Beringer 4 piston machined monobloc Aerotec radial calipers.
The Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster can be yours for no less than 65,000 USD.
Hit the jump for the specifications.
Confederate is known for the radical design of its bikes and every product that rolled out from the company’s garage looks drop dead gorgeous.
Recently, the Confederate team has gained an important new member namely the famous designer Pierre Terblanche. Shortly after has joined the team, Mr. Terblanche has started to work on a pretty awesome project. The new motorcycle bears the name C2 P-51 Fighter and features an outrageous design language that will certainly break a lot of hearts.
The C2 P-51 Fighter is technically the second generation of Confederate Fighters and received a series of important modifications which not only make it look a lot cooler, but also boost its performances to a higher level.
At the heart of this metallic piece of art sits a much lighter engine which features a completely new architecture that helps it deliver more power and torque. The new generation also gets a lighter crankcase and a downstream fuel injection.
The new Confederate C2 P-51 Fighter will cost around $100,000 and will be available in only 31 units from June or July 2014.
Stay tuned for more details.
Hit the jump for the video presentation.
Confederate Motorcycles revealed the first teaser images of the special edition P120 Black Flag. It will be limited to only 50 units. Prices will be announced at a later date.
The P120 Black Flag is powered by a 120-cubic-inch V-twin engine with 160 Hp and 135 lbs-ft of torque. The motorcycle will feature CM design double wishbone machined from 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum linked to aerodynamic, dual, lightweight, tubular wing blades, the same fuel-carrying frame as the standard Fighter and a the standard double-wishbone front ford assembly.
Stay tuned, we’ll get back with more details soon! Specifications after the jump.
P120 Fighter Combat, the latest creation of Confederate Motor Company and the original custom that was recently unveiled at the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel, California, has finally made the subject of an official video. This shows the bike being tested before the official unveiling. Enjoy!
Confederate Motor Company has presented to the public its third amazing example of Hollywood-worthy design and engineering in the form of the 2010 Confederate P120 Fighter. Even after the Hellcat and Wraith models, the P120 Fighter still looks like an alien rode it here from another planet. At least that’s what the crowd at the Quail Lodge seemed to be thinking this past weekend. The friends at autoblog were there and caught some nice pictures of the new bike, a 120 units Combat Edition.
Although it is scary enough from a standstill, the Confederate P120 Fighter relies on 160 hp and 145 foot-pounds of torque to keep things interesting once on its seat and it is all due to the 120-cubic-inch (1966cc) V-Twin motor. That’s the only thing that looks familiar on the bike.
Hit the jump for more details in the press release.
Confederate Motorcycles has recently unveiled a new motorcycle model, the P120 Fighter, which is built in the same style as the Wraith model. A serious piece of motoring in the true meaning of the word, the Fighter is powered by a 1966cc V-twin motor mounted on an aluminum frame. The company was kind enough to release the performance figures and we must say that they are anything but disappointing: 160hp and 145lbs•ft of torque.
As Confederate fans already got used to, the new bike features mostly polished hard parts that make it look like one of those transformers bikes and the giant carbon front spars aren’t absent either.
The Confederate P120 Fighter can be admired/criticized at the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel, California on August 14th. The price hasn’t been announced yet, so you won’t mention that in your list of amazing things about it.
Although dedicated to cars, the New York Auto Show was the proper environment in which Confederate Motor Company to exhibit three of their most recent creations that are also know as the indestructible bikes from Terminator 4. Named Fighter, Hellcat and Wraith, these bikes do look like complicated pieces of engineering, but not quite like having minds of their own or being that hard to destroy. And if it is to take in consideration the Company’s fame for providing pretty unreliable bikes, I say stick to the movie.
Looking for that perfect Christmas presents (for yourself, of course) can always turn out a little tricky, especially if you’re a demanding and ostentatious kind of person. But, if you dig deep enough and get to the Neiman Marcus Christmas book, you have all the changes to declare yourself satisfied. There, you will find that the Confederate Fighter motorcycle was produced in a limited number of 45 exemplars and, after you get out of trance, start wondering about its outrageous features.
A good thing to start with is the 1966cc 45-degree radial twin engine that is clamed to be capable of powering the bike up to 190mph. The chassis is a titanium backbone unit and it connects directly to the front and rear billet aluminum bulkheads in order to withstand at that kind of speeds.
The Confederate Fighter is also fitted with a girder-style front suspension made up of titanium as well as aluminum and carbon fiber bits. Wheelbase is 64" and seat height 27" so you’re in for low riding…that is if you can afford paying $110,000 on a motorcycle. Or better yet, if you are the kind of guy that actually invests that kind of money in its image as a whole bunch of much cheaper motorcycles can reach that kind of speeds. But they don’t make you look like a robot so what the heck.