There are people in difficulty or a problem instead of seeing the negative side they find a way to turn it into an opportunity, this is what happened to the owner of this Confederate which solved going Revival Cycles.
A long time client and good friend of the shop had a small mishap on his Confederate Hellcat due to
a brake failure. Instead of a simple repair to the dented tank or the scratched engine, he turned to his friends at Revival and asked for some inspired ideas on a possible transformation beyond its factory looks.
Of all the projects Revival has undertaken, this was by far the most challenging design-wise. Not necessarily from a technical standpoint, as the original chassis and most of the electrics would remain, but from a purely aesthetic point of view. The challenge lay simply in the fact that the Confederate Hellcat (and all Confederates for that matter) have a very distinct visual design ethos and it isn’t exactly an empty canvas that will easily accept changes.
Alan, our founder, obsessed over sketching out many simple drawings, images, shapes, cardboard bucks, and taped line drawings. The final winning design came from a combination of several inputs from the team as always. Built into Revival’s DNA is that a team’s vision and execution is better than any one person’s and there is no better example of that coming true than with this Confederate project. A cohesive design only came together for the project when the group chimed in.
The major restrictions were to keep the frame/engine/suspension untouched mostly original, yet transform the motorcycle into something that properly paid homage to the original. Many might say that a Confederate is enough on its own, but how could Revival NOT take advantage of this damaged machine and take it a few steps further in the styling department?
A hand formed alloy fuel tank was sculpted to fit the Hellcat’s backbone and the new more upright seating position. Then a CNC-machined subframe was fabricated in a similar way that the original was, but in this case it ended up being entirely more organically shaped.
From there, Revival utilized a xenon projector headlight from and Audi S8 and built a hand-formed alloy surround to give the nose more visual interest. The original exhaust was deemed unsightly and simply covered the engine up entirely too much. Therefore a new stainless steel exhaust was built complete with a hand-built 2-into-1 silencer that hangs down and exits beneath the engine towards the ground.
To make the motorcycle more comfortable and controllable, a bespoke handlebar clamp was machined to remove the factory clip-on bars and more carefully blend with the Confederate triple clamps. This improves the rider ergonomics greatly and means a day-long ride won’t kill the rider. Revival Cycles’ own push-button alloy housings have been fitted to the handlebars along with alloy push buttons for a simple cockpit that feels and functions as good as it looks. Beringer brake and clutch controls compliments of Confederate round out the controls for incredible braking power.
At the end of the day Revival considers this to be their most challenging design yet and couldn’t be happier with how well it turned out. Revival dubbed this one “The Revival 140” as any motorcycle that weighs less than 500 pounds and has 140 foot pounds of torque DESERVES to be known by that name.
Model: X132 Hellcat
Weight (wet): 498 lbs
Revival Cycles Website Parts: MotoGadget M-unit
Revival Designed Parts: Handlebar button housings, handlebar mounting system, Subframe, Gas tank, tail section, headlight surround, oil cooler shroud, air cleaner shroud
Material: 3” 120 Wall Hard Steel Backbone; 3” 120 Wall Hard Steel Down Tube; Hand Tig Welded Fabrication
Geometry: Wheelbase: 62.5” ; Rake: 23.5 Degrees; Trail: 3.8”
Bodywork:Hand formed alloy fuel tank, tail section, headlight surround, oil cooler shroud, air intake shroud, belly pan
Suspension: Front: Marzocchi RAC 50mm Fork; Rebound and Compression Adjustable for Low and High Speed Actuation
Rear: Custom Race Tech Coil-Over-Shock; Rebound and Compression Adjustable for Low and High Speed Actuation
Wheels: BST Carbon Fiber
Front: 3.5” x 17”
Rear: 6”x 17”
Tires: Pirelli Diablo Rosso
Front: 120/70 ZR
Rear: 190/55 ZR
Electrical: MotoGadget M-unit
Lighting: XXXX Projector headlight, LED SuperNova tail lights / brake light, MotoGadget M-Blaze disc bar end turn signals, LED rear turn signals
Rick’s ElectroMotorSport CDI w/ adjustable rev limiter
X132 Copperhead; 132 cubic inches (2,163 cc); 56° Fuel Injected V-Twin; 4.4” Bore x 4.4” Stroke; One-piece Forged Crank; Journal Bearing Design
Torque: 140 Foot Pounds
Horsepower: 132 BHP
Exhaust: Revival Cycles fabricated stainless steel 2 into 2 exhaust / muffler
Unitized case: Machined 6061 Aircraft-Grade Billet Aluminum
Confederate Patented 5-Speed Close Ratio; Patented Output Shaft Bearing Support System
Handlebars: LSL Street Tracker bend
Seating: Solo Seat
Seat Height: 31”
Front Brake Master: Berringer
Clutch Master: Berringer
Front: Dual Beringer 4 Piston AEROTEC Radial Calipers; Dual Beringer AERONAL
Floating Stainless Steel Discs
Brakes: Rear: Single 2 Piston Brembo Monoblock Caliper; Cross-drilled Brembo Stainless Steel Disc
Instrumentation:Motogadget Precision Analogue Tachometer
Digital Speed, Status