Confederate Motorcycles, the Louisiana-based maker of extremely high-end motorcycles, is all set to publicly unveil their newest model, on August 14th at “The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering” in Carmel, CA. The new P-120 Fighter Combat is powered by a 1966cc V-Twin engine, that puts out 160HP and 145lb-ft of torque. As you can see from the pictures below, this model proves once again that Confederate is not…um…enslaved to conventional concepts of motorcycle design.
No word from Confederate on what the production number will be. They have production runs of anywhere from 35 bikes to 150 bikes per model, but whatever the number is, it’s going to be a very small number. And the price tag will be a very large number, i.e. in the 6-digit range.
Hmmm. You’d think that when you shell out 100 grand for a motorcycle, you’d at least get wheels matched to the design of the bike, wouldn’t you? Heck, for that kind of money, you’d kind of expect the motorcycle to have a rear brake, too.
Well, you’d be wrong.
Yamaha’s Star brand of cruiser motorcycles has announced that the new, monstrously powerful 2010 V-Max is on sale as of today. Sporting a 1679cc liquid-cooled 65° V-4 engine putting out 200 Horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque , the V-Max is the 800-pound gorilla of cruisers.
There’s a downside to this power, though. 27MPG fuel efficiency off of a 4-gallon tank means a refueling stop after less than 100 miles, unless you want to push it. And the handling, while reportedly improved over the pre-2009 models, is still less than optimal. So, no touring or twisties for this beast, just simple hot-rodding.
There’ve been no changes to the V-Max from 2009, except the new Cherry red paint.
Indian Motorcycle is America’s oldest motorcycle brand–although not, it should be pointed out, the oldest continuous manufacturer, due to an unfortunate number of bankruptcies. The venerable brand keeps being revived though, and in its current incarnation, the company has unveiled its 2010 lineup of Indian Chief motorcycles at Sturgis. Top among them is Indian’s version of a dark custom motorcycle, the Dark Chief.
A special model for the 2010 year is the Indian Chief bomber, a motorcycle whose styling is based on World War II aircraft. According to the company:
Inspired by WWII aircraft, the Bomber is a limited edition Chief model and will only be available for one year. The Bomber is available in Military Green and Silver Smoke finishes. The pin-up girl tank artwork is inspired by the Bomber nose art of that era. The leather used on the seat and saddlebags are reminiscent of the feel and color of an old bomber jacket.
If you want an Indian, be prepared to shell out some serious cash. The price for an entry-level model starts at $25,999, and goes up from there.
The MoCo has released their 2010 model year line-up, and an expansive lineup it it is. For 2010, Harley-Davidson will carry 34 motorcycle models, including 9 new bikes. Below is a little taste of Milwaukee Goodness.
Laura Vecchio at Harley-Davidson wrote to me, to provide some of the MoCo’s talking points for the new models:
The Electra Glide® Ultra Limited model delivers the performance upgrade of a Twin Cam 103™ engine, and features standard equipment items previously offered only as accessories on regular-production Harley-Davidson Touring models.
The new Road Glide® Custom model looks lean and mean, with a slammed suspension, 18-inch front wheel and a new 2-into-1 exhaust system.
The Wide Glide® returns as an all-new Dyna® model done in old-school chopper style, with black laced wheels, a chopped rear fender, black “wire” sissy bar, 2-1-2 Tommy Gun exhaust and an optional flame paint scheme.
The new Street Glide® Trike brings stripped-down, hot-rod styling to the three-wheel category, and joins the Tri Glide™ Ultra Classic® in an all new Trike family for 2010.
The new Fat Boy® Lo presents a darker and lower interpretation of the motorcycle that still defines the fat-custom segment.
Updates to the 2010 Street Glide® model include a larger front wheel, slimmed-down exhaust, and a new tail light assembly.
Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations™ (CVO™) will offer four new limited-production models for 2010: the CVO Softail® Convertible, CVO Street Glide, CVO Ultra Classic® Electra Glide® and CVO Fat Bob®.
I like what Harley is doing for some of their paint schemes by breaking away from solid colors, and going with factory flame paint jobs. Very nice. I’m also really liking what HD has done with the Road Glide, giving it a lowered, meaner look.
Hopefully, Ms. Vecchio will be sending me some more pics of the new models, and I’ll post them here as I get them. In the meantime, HD’s 2010 model lineup page is here.
Unfortunately, no one at HD is talking about it, and no one at Buell has contacted me, but the new Buell line-up for 2010 is out, too. They are all up at the Buell web site. At first glance, I’m not seeing a lot of changes.
Other than the demise of the Buell Blast, of course.