Author Archive for Matt Chambers


less is more

Small batch, autonomously engaged, hand-made craftsmanship; imagine an environment where your needs and desires are deliberately and entirely catered by an individualist nurtured system of heuristic creation. Honest craftsmen would romantically connect to the fruit of their labor. This passion would imbue character and sincerity in the everyday tools of our existence. All things created by human effort would be touched by actual human emotion. Many fewer things would exist.

The idea is that paying a fair albeit higher transaction price for one motorcycle lovingly designed and crafted to span several lifetimes for reasons transcendent of mere dollars and cents is the environmentally sustainable, financially wise, life affirming choice relative to paying less for numerous Taylor-made, commoditized, economies of scale driven motorcycles over the course of your riding time-span. From the rear-view mirrored perspective, the singularity will certainly become a self-illuminating, life affirming, treasured personal heirloom; the multiplicity will bring noise, opacity and diminishing enjoyment over time as planned obsolescence naturally takes root.

Logical extension of our concept applied to each commercial choice you make results in organic minimalism. Commercial decisions necessarily would be predicated upon endearing value, structural integrity, real-world performance and permanence. A clutter free, clean environment for slimmed down, calmed down, clarified, simplified personal human integration would follow.

The key is nurtured individual heuristic actualization. The opponent is scale.


Rewind Magazine interviews Matt Chambers

The following is an excerpt from Singapore’s Rewind Magazine interview with Matt Chambers, CEO/Founder Confederate Motors, Inc.

Tim McIntyre: You have said “Through machine and brand, [we] encourage a new approach where every person is nurtured to be what they were born to be, in harmony with what’s going on inside themselves.” Why is this important?

Matt Chambers: Confederate embodies Anti-Taylorism. Frederick Winslow Taylor developed theories of human efficiency which resulted in bureaucrats trained to manage our algorithmic output. This theory diminishes heuristic creativity, which is the source of human growth and progress. Thusly, we mandate handmade craftsmanship created autonomously with acute engagement.

Tim McIntyre: What else is wrong with the state of the bike industry today?

Matt Chambers: Not enough heart; too much focus on short term cash accumulation!

Tim McIntyre: What does design integrity mean to you? What is your definition of great design? Can you cite examples?

Matt Chambers: The cornerstone of design integrity is purity expressed honestly. This can only occur through activation of individualists soulful intuition. Deep yearning and engagement are at the root of this process.

Tim McIntyre: And what does good engineering mean to you?

Matt Chambers: Perfection of structural integrity, permanent fatigue resistance, street motoring geometry, harmonious component specification with maximum torque.

Tim McIntyre: What in your opinion is the essence of a Confederate motorcycle?

Matt Chambers: Spiritually, we say contempt for ingratiation fuels humilities defeat of pride activating man-in-revolt celebrating the art of rebellion. Dynamically, Hunter S. Thompson said it best, “Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube.”

Tim McIntyre: Tell me a bit about the Fighter?

Matt Chambers: It expresses a direct challenge to establishmentarian thought.

Tim McIntyre: Who are your customers? Can you walk us through the buying process.

Matt Chambers: Our client is a motorcycling purist and aficionado with a love for true to concept American industrial and mechanical design. Our buying process is entirely buyer-centric. We seek gentlemanly engagement at the precise level which is most satisfactory to our client.
Tim McIntyre: What have you enjoyed most about your journey so far with Confederate motorcycles?

Matt Chambers: The best efforts of our team to deliver on the promise of organic, pure, honesty.

Tim McIntyre: And the part you’ve enjoyed the least?

Matt Chambers: The shock of hurricane Katrina and its aftermath; which, paradoxically, was what we needed to become the tough, strong company we are today.

Tim McIntyre: Looking back, is there anything you would have done different?

Matt Chambers: I have made many mistakes; my personal manner is to transparently admit my mistakes to myself, prayerfully acknowledge deeply felt contrition, seek forgiveness and, then, let it go. Repeating such emotion may deem one to a repetitive cycle.

Tim McIntyre: What’s next for man and company?

Matt Chambers: Our team has developed a new American heirloom architecture from which we derive a veritable onslaught of new modular relevant machines for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 pipeline. Because we are well-grounded by deeply nurturing ideals and principles, our new machines will explosively activate each owner’s inner man-in- revolt.


Fighter Production Photos (part 1)


The first of the 50 toughest machines ever made is now being created.

It is the spring of ’78, a perfect South Louisiana graduation midnight, 70 humid degrees, top down Jensen Healy, 85 mph midway on highway 61 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans heading South for some major debauchery with the long time best friend; suddenly a dim hazy mirage of bubbling asymmetrical lighting in the rear view becomes 20+ marginal headlights surrounded by a Thor like pounding offbeat thrum rheostatically growing in volume until, in perfect formation, the sons of silence blazenly shoot past on ultra lean, stripped, triangulated forms.

An idea is planted.  Thirteen years later that idea forments into a dream.  On November 30, that dream actualizes into the ride of your life.


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


Photos from CM @ The Quail Lodge: A Motorsports Gathering


A Lush Midnight Ride in the Deep South

A Lush Midnight Ride in the Deep South

A little after 10 in the evening I sparked the 131 Combat edition Hellcat initiating a blast straight down 59 from Northern Mississippi to the French Quarter.  It was 87.  I was wearing perf leather and our carbon fiber full-face helmet.

Gently I rowed through the gears, covering a couple of miles to reach my desired 3500 RPMs in top gear.  This machine was tuned to the 21 tooth counter-shaft sprocket, making 92 mph at 3500.  I held steady for 10 to 12 minutes.  As ever, the Generation 2 Hellcat felt taut, primal, like it was carved from solid granite, light, stable, linear; with never a harsh response.

Handlebar feel is street perfection.  Power at 3500 is “shred the tire cannon fire” at the wrist flick.  I drop to 3 grand (76 mph).  The sound of a small aircraft with the calmness of having decelerated from a greater pace put me in the optimal Hellcat rhythm.  Every aspect of the machine feels omnipotent, alive and happy.  I meld with that explosive, yet confident beautiful sense of ease and begin an ultimate motoring meditation I haven’t experienced for too long.

When you’re riding the greatest torque to weight ratio on the planet, you must blast beyond lethargic unassuming cageriders every few minutes to release pent up machine/man stress-inducing anxiety.  There exists uncontrolled relish and glee in this exercise.

At the end is the all important dismount.  My destination, at a few minutes past midnight, is an extraordinary and well-attended club.  As I pull up, amidst a bevy of youthful feminine beauty, there is always prevalent absolute reverence for the aesthetic design honesty of a Confederate motorcycle.  Because this respect is extended to the mount’s rider, the ending almost rivals the mid-journey overall sensations of therapeutic well-being.  I play disinterest, but as all latent middle-agers secretly know, absent some form of Trojan horse, the form of respect I’m referring to no longer exists.

For me, the value of the above referenced occasion based motoring experience is priceless.


A few words from Virgil Exner…

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