The Sodium Assault

Our circa ’09 Bonneville Salt Flats sojourn was the most memorable to date. Our Arabic 1 pre-production prototype fired a mere 96 hours prior to hitting the Salt.

The sodium assault was indeed hard as we ran several 155+ mph passes. Please understand that this represents a one mile average on conditions which were sticky and wet compared to the ideal. I made a call to change gearing early in the week when a bump in the rev limiter was a more appropriate choice. Had I made the right decision, it is likely we would have surpassed our own record set on the Wraith in 08. Nevertheless, a very smooth riding, easy to start, linear to modulate, vibration free, raw, naked confederate that will run 155.8 mph on wet salt is something we can all be proud of. The fact that it was accomplished on the first build of the Fighter model production run calibrating less than 10 miles on the odometer is cool. The fact that the same machines was tested on the Race Tech chassis dyno and determined to be the truest and straightest of the 360 OEM machines previously evaluated thereon is an accurate validation of the precision which our design and craft team brings to the business of creating the greatest American motorcycle it is possible to make.

The family and friends component of the annual event grew considerably this year. Conversations revolved around all manner of things, transcending the lust for speed on racing’s most hallowed ground into areas both frivolous, serious and outright amusing in a “you had to be there” kind of way.

We have a top secret game changing initiative for 2010. Please stay tuned; you will be glad you did!

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photography by Randal Crow


21 Responses to “The Sodium Assault”

  1. October 2, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I am working hard to get all the 3 available models!! I am coming!!!


  2. October 2, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    The type of machinery you are displaying here yells ride me ,yet it is a work of art. Sweet job…..

  3. 3 Akshay Ameria
    October 2, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Its Great ….!

  4. October 2, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    You guys make the most beautiful (albeit inaccessible) machines on earth. Great photography, too!

  5. 5 Dan
    October 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    That was a very nice run on the Salt! We have a place with better conditions where you can run flat-out for a mile on a paved road. Would love to see Confederate Motors attend. http://www.texasmile.net/



  6. 6 Diogo A. de Salles Costa
    October 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Congratulations !!!!!

    Envy…envy…envy !! Your machine is soooooo cool, and of course, the photography is great !

    very best regards and best wishes,


    Paris, France

  7. October 2, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Well Done All! I applaud the Genius, Creativity, and Spirit of every new Confederate design – but This machine – to me – is the sum of all of your past great work – with a perfect Soul. Congratulations!

  8. 8 Peter Chandler
    October 2, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    What a beautiful bike you have made a dream bike come true a work of art yet all muscle.

    Take care


  9. 9 alan charlap
    October 2, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    As the Owner of an 02′ Hellcat and as a Client that is so Intimidated by the Knowledge and Vision that it takes to really understand the Principles that you have achieved is mindboggling. Now to think that 7 years has passed and this piece of Art that has been born in the Wrath, is almost to far out there, for even the most Sofisticated and Tech Savy Buyer and Rider. I only await a serious weight loss for the chance of Testing and possibly Owning this Legend.

  10. 10 grendel_0138
    October 3, 2009 at 12:14 am

    i love your motorcycles … just wish i could afford one >=-|

  11. October 3, 2009 at 1:56 am


    Great run on a machine that is a work of art. I would love to see your designers make a street drag bike…….;-/ Yes!

    Once again GREAT job to the folks @ Confederate.

    Johnny B

  12. 12 Stanley E Williams
    October 3, 2009 at 2:35 am

    Unbelievable! Makes me proud to be a Southerner ;-).

  13. 13 Julian
    October 3, 2009 at 2:47 am

    I’m still not a fan of the new style…the wraith and hellcat are my fav. Oh and my buddys WILDCAT….

  14. 14 francesc
    October 3, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    its fantastic!!!!

  15. 15 Fernando
    October 3, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    when are you guys going to start posting hi-res photos for downloading? I’m talking screensavers and wallpaper, while I save and dream of my future ride!

  16. October 4, 2009 at 5:22 am

    I would like to congratulate you on your trip to the great salt flats, as I’ve never been there myself. The pictures are great & the motorcycle is like none I’ve ever seen before. Will anyone from Confederate be at the next motorcycle show in the midwest? I asked one person I know said that your bikes are one of a kind. Never seen anything like, keep up the good work!!!

  17. October 4, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Your machines are a work of art & look outstanding. They remind me of something that should be on SciFi. Keep up the outstanding work, great shots from the Salt Flats.

    Best Regards,
    Bill Stankiewicz

  18. 18 belhaskes
    October 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    WOW! Your motorcycle is incredible!

  19. October 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I must say that your design aesthetic makes me weak in the knees. The raw aggression is menacingly delicious. These photos are lust-worthy.

    Wishing you much continued success.

    Take Care-

  20. 20 Paolo
    October 15, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I can only bow in front of beauty.
    I will ride a hellcat one day.
    In Italy does not exist yet.

  21. 21 Paul Johnson
    December 31, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Your engineers amaze me. Love all the bikes

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