The first Curtiss V-twin in over 100 years and the last one

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.

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Glenn Curtis was an early 20th-century inventor during the same age as the Wright Brothers. He built and raced motorcycles and was dubbed the “Fastest Man on Earth” in 1907 after he rode a V8-powered Hercules motorcycle built by his company. He also invented the first American V-Twin motorcycle a century ago.

The Warhawk is the first machine in over 100 years having the Curtiss mark and gets all its cues from the P51 Fighter including the engine, powertrain, and chassis. Of course, it is still is very much a work of art as it is a mode of transportation showcasing minimalism, primitivism, and avant-gardism, just like the P51.

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Confederate P51
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Curtiss Warhawk

With this, Curtiss Motorcycles close the final chapter into America’s darling configuration, the V-Twin, “the most iconic and revered powertrain in motorcycle history”. The same 2163cc air/oil-cooled triple-camshaft V-twin with old-fashioned pushrod OHV moves the soul here as well. It cranks out a respectable 150 ponies and 160 pound-feet of torque. That is the biggest V-Twin on US soil.

The same aircraft-grade billet aluminum monocoque frame gives the raw look of the P51 and comes with all the bells and whistles including the plexiglass views of the fuel tank. Double-wishbone, parallelogram fork and Race Tech monoshock springs the aluminum swingarm handle the suspension. Beringer 230 mm discs with four-pot, radial-mount calipers at the front, and a single, 240 mm disc with a dual-pot caliper at the rear take care of braking duties.

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Simply put by Curtiss CEO Matt Chambers, “There’s simply no way to make a more explosive hot-rod American V-twin than the Curtiss Warhawk.” Hurry up and tell your people to contact Curtiss because only 35 Curtiss Warhawks are scheduled to be crafted, each costing a whopping MSRP is $ 105,000. Tan leather saddle and green fenders are the only color you will see on the machined billet aluminum body.

One of the few exotic motorcycle manufacturers, Confederate Motors, had a pretty successful run in their 26-year tenure, apart from 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.

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Confederate P51

Being an exclusive maker, the company managed to sell altogether 775 motorcycles, and each one costs anywhere between $90,000 and $120,000. Last year they were re-branded as “Curtiss Motorcycle Co.” and will be switching to electric powertrain supplied by Zero Motorcycles.

Curtiss will develop high powered electric motorcycles, starting from the Hercules cruiser that is set to launch on 5th May 2018. It will feature a twin-motor arrangement and a modular built chassis that will streamline production costs.

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