Four years ago… I discovered Confederate Motorcycles. @confedmotors AKA The bike of my dreams…
We were playing a show in Birmingham, Alabama… at a venue called Workplay Theatre. Ryan and I were wandering around the area and happened to walk by an unmarked building and peer into the window. What was inside was the very last thing we could have expected to see, a motorcycle. But not just any… it was a state of the art, beautifully hand crafted and assembled motorcycle, a glimpse into the future. We walked to the door around the side of the building and entered. One of the owners greeted us kindly, not as annoying naive young men, but as people. I imagine no differently than he would have treated a 45 year old multi millionaire. We expressed our curiosity and he gladly showed us through the shop, explaining their concepts and procedures for building the bikes. We were astounded. Aircraft grade metals, carbon fiber wheels that you can lift with your pinky finger, high intensity discharge headlamps, you name it. These motorcycles were and are, so far ahead of their time. The time and attention to detail that has gone into the designs of the Confederate Bikes is unparalleled. At the time, the Hellcat X132 wasn’t available. There was a model similar but didn’t seem to have truly hit the market at the time, almost as if it were in pre-production stages. There were two then, one more of a bobber style called the R131 Fighter, and the other aforementioned one being similar to Ducati’s Monster to an effect with it’s naked body and more aggressive stance. I was sold.
I was only a novice rider at the time. My appreciation and understanding for the world of riding motorcycles was new and mild. Over time i’ve ridden all across the country, through canyons, open roads, back country, on highways, in dense cities and I’ve grown and excelled as a rider exponentially during the past 4 years.
It was no surprise to me that when Confederate came back on the map for me just a few months ago when i saw their new Hellcat featured in Robb Report earlier this summer that I was swiftly reminded of the bike that is a MUST HAVE in my garage.
I wanted to share this post with everyone because as you know i love sharing my riding adventures and love for bikes with you but also because this company is so REAL. They’re dedication and love shows in their creations and I’ve got so much respect for what they’re doing and how they’re doing it. Hopefully I’ll be able to call one of their bikes my own. But until then. Drooling is going to have to do.
For more information on the bikes visit www.confederate.com