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Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster First Look

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Confederate Motorcycles has been around for just over two decades, creating industrial-looking rolling works of art that emphasize hand-craftsmanship, power and high quality aesthetics over number of units produced. It’s most recent offering, the X132 Hellcat Speedster, lives up to this precedence, boasting an up-spec tech sheet, $65,000 price tag and a planned production output of just 65 units.

The company is propelled by a set of priorities that control design and performance aspects down to the last bolt. One overarching theme is to represent “The American Way” as effectively as possible, which in Confederate's words equates to things like "super-abundant energy," "wild imbued material spirit" and for a machine to "ride as it looks." With that inspiration in mind the “Hellcat” moniker was chosen for one of Confederate’s early builds, drawn from the F6F Hellcat fighter aircraft utilized in WWII. The first Confederate Hellcats were built and delivered during the early 2000’s, with subsequent generations following in the years after.

The X132 Hellcat Speedster continues in the vein of its forebears, utilizing a stiff three-inch, 120 wall hard steel backbone with the same sized downtube, all TIG welded by hand. Housed within the chassis is the 2163cc X132 56-degree V-Twin created in partnership with S&S, which pumps out a claimed 121 bhp and 140 lb-ft of torque. Confederate also employed its proprietary X-Vault unitized case, CNC machined from 6061 aircraft-grade billet aluminum. Other stand-out features include a single-piece forged crank, single-sided draft intake with 58mm throttle bodies and a performance calibrated ECU. A five-speed drag transmission transfers power to the ground.

The suspension set-up is comprised of a custom 48mm WP fork with adjustable rebound and compression, while out back a center-mount Race Tech coil-over shock soaks up bumps. The rear unit also features rebound and compression adjustment. Braking is handled by dual four-piston Beringer Aerotech radial calipers gripping Beringer Aeronal floating ductile iron rotors at the front. Out back a single Beringer Aerotech caliper bites a cross-drilled Brembo stainless steel rotor.

There’s an abundance of carbon fiber throughout, from the 18-inch front and rear BlackStone Tek Carbon Fiber wheels to the proprietary front and rear fenders. The three-gallon fuel tank is also a Confederate-designed piece, which features a matte clearcoat over carbon fiber. The heat shield, chain guard and seat pan utilize carbon fiber as well. Overall weight is listed at an even 500 pounds.

The 28-inch high tractor-style leather seat, swept-back handlebars and forward foot controls are designed to offer riders a comfortable, upright riding posture deemed to be the “Classic American Riding Position” by the Alabama-based company. A Motogadget Precision Analogue Tachometer joins a digital speedo on the dash.

In order to get your hands on a Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster, you’ll need a $10,000 reservation payment. After that production will begin and the remaining $55,000 will be due via bank transfer or personal check prior to shipment. Head over to Confederate’s website for more information.
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sololobo   September 14, 2014 12:31 AM
If I wanted a bike that looked like that I'd buy a Ducati Diavel for obvious reasons. I'd save $44K and wouldn't have to carry this page around to show everyone all the fancy phrases they use to describe why it costs $65K. After 20 years they have yet to build a motorcycle I'd be seen standing next to with a matching helmet.
Poncho167   September 10, 2014 07:58 AM
rleegabe   September 5, 2014 11:04 PM
Only 121 horsepower for $65.000.00 the 2014 Yamaha V MAX has a 178 HP for under $20.000.00
themountain   September 5, 2014 09:37 PM
WOW...thats the ugliest bike I ever laid my eyes on ! Hoy cow!
DanPan   September 5, 2014 01:50 PM
Nice Work.....
byronnwilson   September 5, 2014 09:23 AM
@thomboz - Confederate lists weight at an even 500 pounds, shouldn't have missed that bit of info and have updated the article accordingly, thanks
thomboz   September 5, 2014 01:30 AM
As I recall those are about the same HP & torque numbers that Kawasaki claimed for its 2053cc VN2000, actual rear wheel numbers were 105hp & 120ft lbs. So this thing doesn't seem like such a fire breather... though it is amazing to look at. I wonder how much it weighs?