The Naked V-Twin of Your Dreams Hits 200 MPH

Two-wheel obsessives, start coveting. This is the Benchmark Confederate X132 Hellcat Combat, a beautifully naked bike with a massive engine that not only flies, but sets records.

How fast is it? Salt Flats fast. A few months back, the bike set a record of 172.2 mph at Bonneville, making it the fastest big block v-twin engine on two wheels. Confederate says that number equates to about 200 mph on the street.

You’d think that hitting that speed with a 500-pound motorcycle (plus rider) would be no big deal, but drag and engine size form a performance plateau that’s hard to break through. But what confederate has done with a V-twin engine used to be the exclusive parlance of superbikes like the BMW S1000RR – with two more cylinders. And with no aerodynamic fairings to cut through the wind, the real engineering genius is all in the engine, with a displacement of 2,163cc good for 160 bhp and 160 lb-ft of torque.

The rest of the bike is a monument to obsessive precision. The engine, transmission, swingarm pivot and frame are mounted into a singular core made of aircraft-grade 6061 billet aluminum, and Confederate built the transmission with a patented drag race powertrain, including a vertical stack transmission tied to the swingarm pivot. The chassis has 3-inch-thick steel tubing throughout the bike, all with hand-welded joints. Carbon fiber wheels (17 by 3.5 inches in the front and 17 by 6 inches in the rear) keep weight low.

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