Newest Combat Fuses Primitivism, Avant-Gardism and Minimalism into Pure, Uncompromised American Power
BIRMINGHAM, AL – August 20, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Confederate Motorcycles, America’s rebel motorcycle culture for a quarter of a century, today announced the launch of the second generation P51 Combat Fighter.
Like its hugely successful predecessor, it is inspired by the 1960’s rebel, anti-hero and the stripped, raw, chopper he rode. This second generation Combat Fighter rides on our brand new CX4 architecture, a lighter, tougher evolution of our class leading, patented, drag racing derived powertrain and powertrain mounting system.
This exercise in muscle bike purity is built entirely of 6061 aerospace billet aluminum, right down to the unitized engine block and heads. Overbuilt machined fuselage plates located by machined bulkheads form a brilliant proprietary monocoque that is the stiffest, most fatigue-resistant and lightest chassis capable of housing the greatest amount of torque as a percentage of weight ever achieved in all of motordom. No expense was spared in the design and creative process, adhering to Confederate’s mandate of only developing the best and finest achievable.
Confederate leveraged the talents of original P51 head designer Jon Kasse, who facilitated the second generation model’s all new head design and induction system. The result is the achievement of a goal that the company has sought since its inception: 200 big-block, air-cooled, push-rod, V-twin horsepower.
The new bike’s chassis incorporates a structural intake box that ties directly into a CNC billet aluminum structural downdraft intake manifold, an industry first. The fuel tank is structural; huge billet blocks are machined and masterfully welded to create the bridge that connects the induction system to the massive swing arm pivot machined into the unitized billet engine cases. Each front suspension girder and the rear swing arm are hewn from huge blocks of solid, as well, via five axis machining technology, to optimize structural integrity and fatigue resistance while minimizing un-sprung weight.
Hunter S. Thompson once said, “The edge…There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.” The P51 Combat Fighter is the living embodiment of crossing over.
A total of 61 P51 Combat Fighter Special Editions are scheduled to be crafted: 31 will be designated blonde and presented as raw machined billet; 30 will be designated black and presented as raw machined billet anodized black. MSRP for the blonde is $113,900 USD; MSRP for the black is $119,500 USD.
Each will be created–one motorcycle at a time–by Confederate’s team of experienced, professional master craftsmen, beginning in August.
“This Confederate is all business: explosive, tough, unique and built to last for the ages,” said Confederate Founder H. Matthew Chambers. “There exists both beauty and brutality in the P51 Combat Fighter aesthetic and the way it rides you. It is the metaphor for American Rebellion. I have never wanted to ride a motorcycle like I want to ride this one.”
About Confederate Motorcycles
For more than 24 years, Confederate Motorcycles has designed and crafted America’s most iconic heirloom quality motorcycles for the motoring purist. For more information, please visit http://www.confederate.com.