You probably noticed. In parallel to the vintage restoration and the new old school style trends, and in addition to the return of Jap and Brit motors used in custom motorcycles, there is a style of bikes getting a new attention from custom builders. The sport bike/dragster look. And not only for one-off creations, but also for limited edition series. Of course, Confederate is one of the companies specializing in this design. A new one is Pantera Motorcycles with this dragster/long wheel base model. The prototype was released in 2004 and is now sold $44,500 with many available options.
Creator Hector Valdes states that Pantera is a street-legal machine and that upon completion (4 months, 30% deposit) you will receive a “Manufacturer’s Title” not a Special Construction title as in with most customs and that this will allow for a much easier registration process with your local DMV. Design cues are: Cradle-less tubular frame with an internal oil circulating system within its backbone. One piece billet aluminum swingarm with fully adjustable shock mount. Modular seat strut system designed for easy customization. Minimalist aluminum transmission and battery support assembly. Sweeping, aerodynamic Fighter-jet style headlight nacelle. Low-slung teardrop fuel cell. Very small production companies seem to pop up every month. Most proposing models in the $45 K to $55 K price bracket. Is there a market? Who is the target? Are we going to evolve to a very fragmented specific niche production custom motorcycle market? Pantera Motorcycles.