One of the things I love about old bikes is the detailing. Even simple oil lines and brackets are often beautifully crafted, even if they leak or quickly corrode... But with modern bikes, so much is molded from cheap plastic, or hidden behind overstyled panels. Sure, it all works, but where's the art? Well, apparently, Confederate has been collecting all the art and putting it into their range of handmade, boutique motorcycles, like the XR132 Hellcat.
Even if you're not particularly into the whole drag-bike aesthetic, standing ten feet away, it's hard not to be blown away by the close-in details, like the machined-from-aluminum engine case and the little window that lets you see the cam belt spinning away, like some enormous, thundering Swiss watch.
That engine isn't simply a warmed-over Harley Twin-Cam and, at $65,000 new, it'd better not be. It's a 56°, 2163cc, perfectly-square unit by S&S, mated to a rugged 5-speed gearbox that puts 121hp and 140 ft/lbs to a balloon-like 240-section rear tire. The rest of the specifications are pure bike-porn with Berringer brakes, BST wheels, WP suspension, all topped off with a MotoGadget gauge to keep an eye on things.
From the original eBay listing: 2014 Confederate Hellcat XR132 for Sale
The Hellcat 3 is a turning point in the history of the world's most exotic bespoke manufacturer... because this is a bike that has been transformed from raw iconic hand made custom to sophisticated, drivable, maintainable, hand made custom by the genius and perfectionism of ex Ducati legend of the 90s, Pierre Terblanche who took over the role of head designer at Confederate between and 2012-2014 and who personally oversaw the build of this particular machine to make sure it was within the best of the company tolerances.
Boasting the legendary 2.2 S&S vee twin mill, the Hellcat now features useable geometry and an adjustable swing arm, plus a thousand other improvements and innovations over its predecessor which now take the pain out of ownership.
It's interesting to note that the original listing shows the price in pounds sterling, so it makes one wonder: is the bike in Birmingham, Alabama, or Birmingham, England? It doesn't really matter, since we're all likely just looky-loos, here to talk about how we'd never spend our money on such an overpriced toy. But honestly, if I had all the money in the world, I probably would own something like this, because why the hell not. Although it'd more likely be the Hellcat's stablemate, the Wraith, since it's even weirder-looking...
With a Buy It Now Price of $49,500 this is a seriously top-shelf machine for riders with a whole lot of disposable income, but also know a good bargain when they see it... It's the kind of luxury motorcycle that is basically pointless, festooned with impossibly trick, high-performance bits that are basically unnecessary, given the bike's likely uses: it'd never be your day-to-day bike, it's lousy for track days, you can't take a passenger, and you certainly can't tour on it. Although anyone with enough cash to splash on a Hellcat could probably also afford to hire a chase van to follow along with your camping gear, espresso-maker, portable hot tub, and masseuse.
It's a bike to own for no other reason than "because you can." To paraphrase Mad Max's Night Rider, the Hellcat is a "fuel-injected suicide machine, it's a rocker, it's a roller, it's an out-of-controller..."