Confederate F113 Hellcat

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Cruising through Daytona in Roland Brown attracted admirers — rather it was the South Confederate Hellcat he rode which caught the The Hellcat was, reported ‘a Vincent on steroids,’ an hard-charging bruiser of a bike’. to say then, that this offering from the Louisiana was a V-twin with one hell of an

‘Don’t just park it and away!’

The Harley rider’s stopped me in my tracks outside the Beach diner. I’d up alongside a group of riders, the big V-twin motor, leant the against its sidestand and headed the door. But this guy wanted to all about it just like else who’d seen the Hellcat that day.

If you a quiet life, the Hellcat for you. Long, muscular and the big black V-twin with its handlebars, single saddle and mounted twin shocks like a Vincent Rapide on In reality it’s the latest from Confederate Motorcycles of Rouge, Louisiana, and it draws a wherever it goes.

Confederate been building their brand of V-twins for several now, starting with the Ghost cruiser which, this bike, was powered by a aircooled V-twin from specialists SS. Several US firms names like Titan, Big Dog and Ironhorse have set up in recent to produce cruisers, most very similar to Harleys. But of them has built anything like the Hellcat.

This is a V-twin with an in-yer-face, hard-charging bruiser of a whose styling is influenced by racers as well as the legendary and Black Shadow. The pair of (96 cubic inch) Hellcats I rode produced 100bhp loads of low-rev grunt. can also supply an even and torquier 113 cubic inch that kicks out 115bhp at the wheel.

Actual capacity of the big is about 1880cc, but Confederate Mat Chambers refers to it as the 1861 is the year the Civil War began. The name and the flag on the tank are not just for fun. Chambers is a enthusiast, former lawyer and a of American history who is driven not by the desire to build motorcycles and a few dollars, but to show what the states can do.

The Hellcat’s unique look with the long gas tank, narrows at the rear and flows the thick steel frame The leather-covered single saddle to the frame tube, just the front mounts for the pair of WP shock units that are by the cantilever swing-arm. A carbon-fibre stretches round a fat, Avon rear tyre.

its basic profile and all-black the precise specification of the Hellcat considerably. The bike I covered miles on had a low-level two-into-one with SuperTrapp silencer, Ceriani forks, a 19-inch front wheel and a single disc with four-piston Machine caliper. The second had 17-inch cast aluminium upside-down WP forks, twin with four-pot Brembo and a thunderous high-level exhaust

Most of the 50 or so machines that been built at Confederate’s Rouge factory since the was launched last year been a mix of these two. The have been fitted the 17-inch wheel/twin disc end and the conventional, low-level pipe, allows the big V-twin motor to better than the high-level

For all its aggressive look, the Hellcat surprisingly laid-back and Harley-like I’d climbed aboard. flats and rearset pegs fit the black bike’s image. But the riding position left my stretched out to the wide, quite low my body lent slightly from the low seat, and feet forward.

The Confederate’s straight-line soon got the adrenaline flowing, Roll-on acceleration was fearsome. At the tug the at about 50mph the Hellcat away, engine pulsing and and hurling me forward almost enough to put a tighter bend in swept-back black handlebars.

later the tiny speedo in the was reading over 100mph 20mph or so more to come.

The of Hellcats I rode had similar but they, like the two chassis, different. The first motor was smooth for a solidly-mounted V-twin, the whole bike a very free-revving feel at most But it suffered from a slight glitch just off idle, and its slipped when the motor was hard in the higher gears.

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The other engine ran flawlessly but was smooth, though vibration a problem at moderate speeds.

bikes juddered a fair bit about 80mph, mainly the footrests. Combined with the riding position that the Hellcat isn’t a machine want to ride at high for long. Its five-speed gearbox was though.

My only slight was an occasional difficulty in finding mainly because the warning set into the aluminium speedo were very hard to

That was annoying in traffic, but of the Hellcat’s details are good. touches include the tiny oil gauge in the front of the fuel and the rear brake pedal its drilled pattern of the Confederate The SS motor, which is bought and finished off by Confederate with own pushrod tubes and rocker box is a well-tried unit used by of the smaller American firms.

its forks kicked out at 30 degrees and its a whopping 1651mm, the 225kg whose chassis was designed by drag-race specialists Kosman, is more for straights than Steering was pretty slow on models, especially the 19-inch wheel version. And I don’t to crank the bike over to angles before the graunch of on Tarmac revealed that run out of ground clearance long approaching the limits of the fat Avons.

The Confederate’s high-quality cycle did at least mean that was much better than of most cruisers. Suspension was soft, with over of travel at each end, so the at slow speeds was comfortable. The well-damped shocks kept the end under control, and both stayed solid through sweeping curves.

Braking was good even with the disc and four-pot caliper and excellent with the second twin-disc front end. are not restricted to one supplier and are also using four-pot AP Lockheed PFM discs and Dymag magnesium on future production.

For now the firm’s 12 are concentrating on producing bikes at a of about two per week, and also a GT Tourer V-twin and also a model, with steeper and shorter wheelbase, that are due for later this year. Mat is also looking for distributors in countries, with a view to exports in the near future.

The Hellcat’s high specification and edition, hand-built production the price is a hefty US $29,000, Ј17,500. But if you want a big American that looks different to the and is guaranteed to cause a stir time you park it, the Confederate takes some beating.

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Moto Guzzi Californian  Cruiser
Moto Guzzi Californian  Cruiser
Moto Guzzi Californian  Cruiser


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