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30
Oct
09

The Machine Rides Like It Looks

P120 Fighter; special edition; Combat

Celebrating the art of rebellion demands the vitality and potency expressed by Hunter S. Thompson’s metaphorical declaration that it is better to be shot out of a cannon than squeezed from a tube.

The specification is 460 lbs, each located as low within the machine as possible, powered by the most accessible 160 rear wheel horsepower and wide band 150 ft lbs of torque it is possible to create, derived with maximum immediacy and minimal drama.

The proprietary effort began with our well-proven reliable 120 cubic inch counter-shaft-balanced radial twin.  We specified state of the art porting and polishing of the heads and intake for ultra high volume, the installation of high compression forged lightweight special pistons, the creation of special stepped hand-crafted high flow stainless steel exhaust and a unique dual cam grind featuring the most delicious yet linear and controlled ramp up with equally linear and controlled low, medium and high rpm step off.  A mild starting pressure was designed into the dual cam grind.  The power resonates with pulsations and sounds befitting an ultra high output naval aircraft Fighter without any obtusive vibration, whatsoever.

The most perfect engineering solution for accessing such power is our patented flush mounted short drive vertically stacked classic Confederate five-speed.  Deployed through our new proprietary full race clutch system, the world’s toughest gearbox is carved from solid billet, braced at the output shaft by a giant outrigger bearing, supported at the swingarm pivot point by a large diameter dual threaded axle which is threaded through the inner primary, all of which is additionally supported by front and rear, left and right 3/8 inch CNC billet 6061 aircraft grade aluminum fuselage side plates each bolted to a front and rear 3/8 inch billet 6061 aircraft grade aluminum bulkhead which is additionally supported by motorcycle history’s most massive 1/4 inch wall 5 inch OD CNC billet 6061 aircraft grade aluminum backbone.  This triple load path Confederate proprietary architecture is the most torsional and bend resistant structure it is possible to create.  For those who must have the ultimate expression of American toughness, look no further.

This drag racing derived masterpiece of engineering development, coupled with our ultra compact primary belt drive and right side chain final drive creates the lightest and most direct link from your palm to the rear wheel axle.

Leanness, together with the lowest allocation of weight relative to the machine center of gravity enhance the explosive nature of each special edition Combat Fighter.  The effect is immediately appreciated when you lift the machine from its sidestand.  You feel as if you are mounting a 250 GP bike.

The perfect street machine must be entirely stable, yet full of linear, accurate, precise and completely honest communication under any and all foreseeable conditions one may encounter over a lifetime of uncharted journeys.  For over 18 years, we have focused on delivering the ultimate street motoring experience. The deepest consideration of neck, rake, trail, output shaft, swingarm pivot point, powertrain and wheel axle geometric specification has been matched precisely to the world’s most complimentary rubber, the lightest wheels, the finest brake package, the ultimate stiction free double wishbone suspension design, the finest multi-adjustable long travel coil over shocks and optimized ergonomic rider engagement maximizing unity, comfort and control.

Unique to Confederate proprietary craft sequencing allows for each Combat Fighter to be built to a standard of geometric accuracy and precision not available by other technologies.  The result is that Arabic pre-production 1, our first machine, was judged the truest and straightest motorcycle ever tested on the chassis dyno at Race Tech (measured for comparison from more than 360 machines representing samples from each of the world’s OEM providers).  Each P120 Fighter special edition Combat will be equally true and precise.

The result of this sharply focused effort is functional dynamic street motorcycling excellence.  There exists no takeaway, no compromise and no greater motoring experience.

21
Oct
09

Five Critical Elements of American Way Motorcycle Design

P120 Fighter; special edition; Combat

Pure objective individualist’s theory organically illuminated by five critical elements of honest American way motorcycle design, each etched into the very essence and soul of 25 Roman numeral and 25 Arabic special edition Combat P120 Fighters, each inspired by outside the boundaries of established order non-linear rebellion occasionally necessitated by the toughest fight you will ever fight and must keep fighting (paraphrased from ee cummings).

( I – 1 ) The communication must be fresh

Americans did not leave that from which we came, to follow. We came for discovery; we came for the opportunity of mindful clarity. Herein lies the source of honest expression. Definitionally, this purity and authenticity must and shall be unique, bold, true to concept and, necessarily, avant-garde.

( II – 2 ) The communication must transcend class

There is no pretense along the path of the American way. Neither power over others nor outward judgment therof exists. Fierce discipline, acute confidence and utter effectiveness express awareness of and mastery over self.

( III – 3 ) The communication must transcend time

An uncompromised journey of creation embarked upon for its own sake driven by sheer passion and the romance of the doing manifests an organically well born outcome which will result in tough, pure, holistic beauty.

( IV – 4 ) The communication must be skeletal

The American way is entirely open and completely honest. It is the wearing of one’s heart on the outside. There exists nothing to hide.

( V – 5 ) The communication must be minimal

The most precise, lean, simple, direct expression is American way true to concept.

19
Aug
09

Contempt for Ingratiation | 2010

The unveiling of the 2010 Confederate P 120 Fighter — Combat edition

Contempt For Ingratiation

Contempt For Ingratiation

For us, design truth lives through transparent cultural inspiration.

Our highest goal is to design and create honest machines!

Our contextual and strategic integrity is derived from the American way.

The American way mandates the fight for self-awareness and the courage to embrace and act upon self-discovery. Thusly, one must do what one is passionate about and what one is best at. This organic alignment drives the holistic actualized existence.

Issues which relate to control over others and/or creation of profits receive no priority. Effort is organized around permanent sustainable resilience and strength.

Self-perpetuating destination benchmarks are set of their own volition. An inherent healthy incrementalism results which makes for the most exceptional journey.

Mindful nurturing leadership, not management technique, sparks the core charge of the purist (the pure objective individualist). Each team member is empowered with our vision, our values, our goals, our mission, straight-forward focus, all necessary training and tools. Thrift, brilliance and best efforts are expected. Enterprise cause must zealously fire individual purpose. Deployment is predicated upon personal initiative.

We are the rebels. Our revolt challenges established order, which, though well-intentioned, organically confounds the purist’s critical journey of self discovery.

Our ideologically and philosophically driven protocal requires a skeletal (to showcase hand-craftsmanship), minimal (to express our profound feeling of humility and honor to be enabled to design and create the machines of our dreams), fresh (to be relevant), timeless (to be sustainable), classless (to inform individual uniqueness and equivilency of specialness), strong (to be everlasting), American (to communicate anti-imperial rebellion) body of work.

When we began in the Spring of 1991, American Industrial Design was at a low point. There have been numerous effective like minded design driven turn-around efforts since. We are very proud and honored to be a small yet active participant in this movement which we feel marks the beginning of another great chapter of amazing American creativity and ingenuity.

15
Jan
09

The Ride of Your Life

The Confederate dynamic challenge is to create a living emotive romance between yourself and your individual Confederate machine.

Five priorities were codified to inform our solution at our founding:

I.   Symbiosis
A.  the feel is stable, light, agile and integrative

II.  Breathing
A.  Response is through cerebral and spiritual rather than physical energy

III. Heartbeat
A.  Ride and handling are in perfect harmonious balance

IV.  Muscle Memory
A.  Handlebar, seat and peg feel is over-sensory, over-communicative, deadly accurate and 100% linear

V.  Discipline
A.  There exists no suddenness or anything abrupt concerning change

16
Dec
08

Elements of the Business Case for the Fighter

The backstory for the Fighter begins on a balmy South Louisiana journey down Old Highway 61 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Following a glorious law school graduation celebration, my best friend and I were cruising, top down, in my 74 Jensen Healy, at 80 plus around Sorento at midnight, when suddenly and thunderously, a contingent of Sons of Silence riders on skinny, long, stripped, stroked, shovel heads blew by in perfect formation on the bleeding edge.

The character of this bottom-up American mechanical expressionism spawned a genre of post modern caricatures, culminating in popular TV personalities and factory choppers.

The challenge for us, which has been simmering for quite some period of years, was rooted in creating an honest architectural echo of what the pure essence of these machine forms mean.

We begin with the geometric right triangle; a simple display of implicit strength. This form, to meet the true to concept test, had to be function driven. Thusly a 30 degree neck was lowered to visually live at 45 degrees relative to the prominent backbone. Leanness is implied through the acute narrowness of the design. Minimal, skeletal uncompromised craftsmanship is transparent; this illuminates the significant role the Fighter is destined to play in the life of its “purist” owner. Extreme light weight with big displacement massive torque speak truth to real power. The avant guard element lives in the negative spatial aesthetic relationships which organically create the gestalt of the machine. Therein is expressed the dark unspoken reality of what the tearaway rebel within us all knows to be ever present. The Caravaggio image of David grasping the artist’s severed head perfectly conveys the attitude and symbolism of the expression.

We are gratified with early critical support for the design.

09
Dec
08

CM – GM

CM - GM

The authenticity of pure, simple, minimal, skeletal, true to concept, avant guard foundational boundaries for American craft, art and design are derived from straight-forward accurate inference from rugged individualism which defines the American way. Juxtaposed against manifest destiny and the triumphant American system, the unique relevance of the Confederate brand, and our Confederate craft, art and design guild is properly illuminated.

The American system under which we labor is a hybrid system. Smith’s theory of moral sentiments and Rand’s Fountainhead imagined a pure capitalist economy where the client is king. Authentic, read honest, private mercantilism, built for long term strength, not scale, competing on a purely non-interventionist playing field would result in a linear, deliberate uncompromised qualitative pulled production of only that which informs and enriches the lives of the client. This core ideal of our American initiative thrives at a perfect holistic economic set-point; the linear thinking individual client will organically make his or her analysis of personal enrichment relative to competing opportunities, which intuitively consider all costs, including those of an environmental and social nature. Our initiative mandates a steady-state economy focused on sustainable qualitative growth.

The American system quite rightly imagined that the American way would result in a much more protracted build up of accumulated capital. A push system, fueled by interventionist governmental policies at the macro-level supported by non-linear agnosticism relative to contextual product pitch would result in growth and wealth accumulation at hare-like speed through vast economies of scale. The idea worked brilliantly. America became the most powerful empire in our known world in record time.

Confederate is a tortoise. We believe our ideals are right. Strategic, slow, methodical, intense, deeply-considered, passionate, honest, disciplined machine design, engineering validation and craftsmanship will beat a Cadillac Cimaron approach. However, I am negotiating the acquisition of a Black Cadillac V Series CTS as I write, as well as a yellow Camero SS for my youngest son. GM should not be held entirely at fault. The hare goes so fast he has to stop and rest. GM is not a small batch craft house and design think tank like Confederate. It has to make moves based upon the playing field it is on at the time. A cool quote from Gandhi is relevant: when asked what he thought of capitalism he responded, “I think someone should try it”. Nothing going on today is unusual for a hybrid economic system such as ours. (which is far and away the best in the world; where else could an upstart tearaway of rebels such as ourselves be so welcome and so nurtured.) I say give GM the bridge loan without conditions. The company that boldly designed and manufactured the 1960 Corvair, a bell-weather of avant guard American design purity, demands our reverence. Further, Detroit is the new New Orleans. She must be saved. Lastly, as Woody Allen once interestingly declared, “we need the eggs”.

05
Jun
08

Beauty is the splendor of truth

If you are reading this you already know that ours is a conviction brand. We lead our family of clients. Thusly, our authenticity is pure.

Our design body of work is strategic. At initial exposure, there exists high impact, a shock to the senses with a good measure of awe. A feeling of discomfort arises in the viewer. To the extent that timidity is engendered, the idea may begin to take root that the work is strange. To the extent that boldness and audacity is engendered, the idea will take root that the work is honest, straight, forward thinking and true to concept. The difference lives in the measure of self-confidence which our viewer possesses.

Irrespective of initial opinion, further in there exists allure. This fact is actual because as Plato declared, beauty is the splendor of truth. If we polled our audience of potential clients to determine what our body of work should be, our dialog would be indirect, tainted, diffused, disingenuous, untrue and irrelevant. It might be homely or it might be okay looking, but it would never rise above the status of mediocrity.

Fierce American rugged individualism grounds our strategic design effort. It is purely anti-establishment, standing in defiance of a well intentioned proxied intelligentsia who, unknowingly, organically create a one size fits all lowest common denominator. The manifestation of the ever present tension between the many of ordinary position seeking individual empowerment and the very few of extraordinary position seeking consolidation of power appears in the form and context of our machine. It is the blood of the Confederate motorcycle itself which breathes life into our eternal cerebral and spiritual rebellion. Each individual machine is a physical embodiment and transporting vessel for unique personal individual rebellion. Each encounter is a personal life-affirming, self-informing ritual of sentient enrichment.

The creative passion and romance which connects us to such a sacred emotional clarity can not be watered down. Only the most direct communication has value. The test score must equal 100% or nothing at all.

-mc