End of 25 Glorious Years of Confederate Motorcycles. Future Plans Are Electric.

Over 25 years ago, in the year 1991, Confederate Motors, a boutique motorcycle company known for extremely high-powered, big V-twin motorcycles, was founded by attorney H. Matthew Chambers, symbolizing everything passionately American.

However, Confederate Motors today is at the end of its long, glorious journey and will soon cease to exist. The official Confederate Motors closing will occur when the single last remaining FA13 Combat Bomber is sold.

The company’s website is pared down to just an image of the Bomber with an announcement that the last 13 units remain to be reserved.

According to the Los Angeles Times the Confederate name had become a political liability. “I think we lost a lot a business with that name,” Chambers said. “We’ve missed out on branding opportunities. So, it’s time to retire it.”

He went to add that the Birmingham factory has sold 1,300 motorcycles in its history. Confederate has nine complete motorcycles left in stock, and will make 13 more of the just-debuted Bomber model, before moving on to all new electric motorcycles.

Confederate Motors founder Matthew Chambers at an Auto Show, 2015 | Image: Confederate

Matt Chambers, showing bikes at The Quail, a motorsports gathering, told the LA Times his company has gone as far as it can possibly go with gas-powered motorcycles.

The $155,000 Bomber makes 150 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque, while accelerating as quickly as almost any other production motorcycle.

“We can’t go any further than this,” Chambers said of his decision to take the company in a new direction. “We’ve hit the ceiling. This is it.”

M. S. Dhoni cranking up his prized Confederate Hellcat Motorcycle | Image: GQIndia

Going forward, the new company will be called Curtiss Motorcycles — an ode to the builder and racer Glenn Curtiss, who set motorcycle speed records in the early 1900s before becoming famous as an aviator.

Chambers’ new company is partnering with Zero Motorcycles, the Santa Cruz makers of high-end electric street bikes like the Zero S and SR, to create a new all electric cruiser, called the Hercules. It will be driven by twin Zero electric motors and will produce the equivalent of 175 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque.

Zero Motorcycles is yet to release details of this joint venture or other specifics regarding production of the Hercules.

We went through tonnes of reactions online and are sharing a couple below;

#1. Hmmmm. Not sure I’m buying the political climate excuse. Seems like a cop out. If they want to embrace electric as the future, then say it. Otherwise, there are plenty of builders competing in the internal combustion market who are making a go of it, regardless of political climate. Interesting partnership with Zero, too. – Andrew Kohn

#2. Such a shame. All that tough guy, rebel spirit rhetoric and image just buckling to the latest wave of societal sentiment. They made great bikes but are now abandoning a unique niche in the market that they themselves helped to define. Misguided rationale and a mistake that they may never recover from. – Joe

Wonder how M. S. Dhoni feels about this. 🙂


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