New Confederate “Renovatio” Motorcycle

Say the truth. Like me, you stared at this picture. The "Renovatio", whose name is Latin for "Rebirth," will signal Confederate‘s return to alternative American motorcycle design and production when it goes on sale in 2007. I remember Confederate when they appeared on the motorcycle scene in the 90’s. Their first big showing was in Daytona. Our displays were side by side, so I had a lot of time to observe their first Hellcat machines, ask questions to President Matt Chambers and to his technicians. I even rode one of the first produced and liked it a lot. It was a cross between Mad Max and a futuristic Marlon Brando bike. For the paint, you could choose between black and black which was OK with me. After some ups & downs, a couple of high end models for an elite clientele, a Katrina hurricane destroying their plant in Louisiana, Confederate is back with a new manufacturing plant in Alabama. The company partnered with Katech Inc. to design & manufacture a V-Twin Engine. The 90 degree pushrod engine will feature 1686 cc (103 cubic inches) of displacement. According to Caleb Newman, Katech vice president, director aftermarket operations, the V-twin was inspired by General Motors’ accomplished LS7 7.0L V8 and represents the company’s first foray into motorcycle engines after 28 years as an industry leader in advanced automobile racing and high-performance engine development. The Renovatio V-twin engine will produce 135 horsepower and 125 lbs.-ft. torque, which is comparable to some automobiles. And it will be styled to match the Renovatio’s simple form. I like the idea that the front and rear of the bike will be bolted directly to the engine, eliminating a complicated and heavy frame, and giving more thrill to the rider. It’s a very interesting story for our industry, and I will watch closely the development of this new project. Call to Confederate President Matt Chambers: let me be the first to test ride the Renovatio on the Daytona Speedway. Please…

5 Responses to “New Confederate “Renovatio” Motorcycle”

  1. 1 Rollin Dec 1st, 2006 at 11:10 am

    I’m very happy to see Confederate back with another outstanding bike. I had the chance to see one in the lot at Pub 44 three years ago during bike week, and was very impressed with both the design and workmanship. Good luck Matt ! Looking forward to seeing the Renovatio in person. Rollin

  2. 2 Jesy Reno Dec 1st, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    I definetly like it!
    Crazzy machine!
    Awsome engine set-up!
    nice work

  3. 3 Madeline Young Dec 9th, 2006 at 8:15 pm

    There is a certain mystique to this bike. My philosophy on bikes is to make bikes fast, reliable and interesting – and forget about the paint job!! This bike qualifies. Can’t wait to own one.


  4. 4 Snake May 8th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    It is my opinion that CMC is not a motorcycle manufacturer…I doubt the Renavatio will ever be produced as a production motorcycle mainly because the Wraith is nearly 4 years past due as a production motorcycle, and the current Hellcat, which was mainkly developed by the now bankrupt Confederate Motorcycles Inc, is a single digit production motorcycle. Confederate should stick to R&D, and stop making unfulfilled promises of production. For my money, by the time these pie in the sky CMC designs see reality, a simple turbo bio-diesel v-twin will be available to the public with 150 hp & torque/. I also think it is shameful how CMC treated its employees after Katrina!!!! And THAT never seems to be in the news.

  5. 5 Matt Jun 22nd, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    As a lucky owner of a 2004 HellCat I can’t put into words just how much fun it is to ride this bike.
    When CMC build it they built it right and ready to take the open road with no apologies. I have now over 45,000 miles on my bike and it is still asking for more. I’m looking forward to the new direction and designs they have coming down the pipe, I applaud the cutting edge look and the breaking of the mold on what other builders are throwing on the market. I say KEEP PUSHING THE ENVELOPE CMC !!!!!!!!

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