2010 Confederate P120 Fighter Black Flag Review — Riding Impressions of…

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Confederate P120 Black Flag

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Most motorcycles follow a design formula, a visual defined by features like an engine, and wheels.

Throwing formula out the window is Confederate’s Fighter, a limited production that uses aircraft aluminum, novel construction, and proportions that merge to a wildly styled ride looks like nothing on the road.

With production to 50 units, the $72,000 P120 is rare. But even harder to by is the $80,000 Black Flag, 13 of are slated for production.

The Goods: A vision of carbon fiber and aluminum

A fleeting glance at the Black Flag reveals a of black anodized, aircraft aluminum, exposed mechanical and stray uses of matte carbon fiber. But the bike’s striking visual characteristic is its fuel and oil-filled frame runs a downward sloping that’s picked up by the aluminum Led by a Girder-style front suspension. package is both retro and merging an air-cooled 120 cubic (1,966 cc) JIMS v-twin to a primary drive and a 5-speed with final chain .

Carbon fiber wheels in carbon fenders are slowed by strength, 4-piston carbon/ceramic/aluminum up front. with a rear rim in thick, 240mm rubber. many of the Black Flag’s are proprietary, the suspension is sourced and by Race Tech, with the monoshock offering low and high compression adjustability.


Novel extends beyond the Black unusual silhouette; not only the frame hide four of fuel, it also displays the 4.5 quarts of oil in a window that just ahead of the internal gas

On an aesthetic note, the Black brake light and turn tuck discreetly into the minimalistic body, and even the is artfully welded into an form. Is this handmade a pavement scorcher or a lazy cruiser? I spent a day behind the to find out.

Swing a Leg Over: Prepare for the

The view from the Black saddle is all about low profile, minimalism.

Photo ©Basem

It was difficult to know what to when I received delivery of my Black Flag loaner; all, this bike more like Darth personal power cruiser anything I’ve ever a leg over, and that includes the six motorcycles I’ve ridden.

The Flag’s startup ritual is as alien as the bike’s looks: a top-off with racing I was instructed to push the decompression atop the cylinder heads, the key to the ignition position (one to the right), switch on the fuel (using the toggle switch on the hand controls), make the bike is in neutral (since no interlock mechanism to ensure it start in gear), and fire up the twin by hitting the starter and gassing it just a bit— at point it’s safe to on the lights by turning the key again. to press the valves, and the engine’s components won’t build momentum to overcome its 12:1 ratio.

Crank too long, and you could the battery. No pressure at all,

Confederate P120 Black Flag
Confederate P120 Black Flag

Once the big twin kicks to the blast of hot air spitting from the facing exhaust tips perceptible at your left and the roar from the unbaffled (as ordered by this bike’s owner) is a seismic, wake-the-… of loud.

It’s best to gingerly your … onto the seat and find your comfortable spot while you those unlabled right and controls to memory, since this 460 lb animal demands ounce of your attention.

On the Wallflowers need not apply

nothing but attitude during first few moments aboard the Black Flag: leaned in the barely-there seat and stretched out to the wide apart handlebars, bike feels potent and like a purring cat ready to back if you underestimate its abilities. But as you get a of its power delivery (strong on the progressing smoothly to a fuel at roughly 5,900 rpm), the clutch (which is actually progressive), and the firm ride, motorcycle’s 160 rear horsepower and ergonomics are actually rather

The counterbalanced engine vibrates to let you know it’s working, but nearly as much as a typical v-twin. Likewise, there’s a bit of a required from first to but the Confederate-built gearbox is surprisingly As evidenced by a blast up the Angeles Forest’s canyon roads, in is slow but secure, and the bike through turns accurately, considering its wide rear

However, there are also of feral edges to the Black personality, including engine oil sloshes in a frame window, suspension components which bounce up and down in accordance to irregularity, and— last but not an exposed primary belt tried to eat my jeans. No joke.

As as the Black Flag may seem as indisputably uncomfortable as its vestigial is), this bike’s comes across so strongly you’ll either fall in or hate it so much you’ll want to set eyes on it again.

Conclusion: A bike not intended (sane or reasonable) riders

The Flag in action.

Confederate P120 Black Flag
Confederate P120 Black Flag
Confederate P120 Black Flag
Confederate P120 Black Flag
Confederate P120 Black Flag
Confederate P120 Black Flag
Confederate P120 Black Flag
Confederate P120 Black Flag
Confederate P120 Black Flag
Confederate P120 Black Flag
Confederate P120 Black Flag

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