Confederate Motorcycles is alive, kicking and coming back from Katrina and the first vehicle released following the hurricane will be a one off, special edition, the “Category-Five HellKat.” This beast will be based on the 2006 Hellcat with a lot of carbon fiber pieces, a 131 cubic inch turbocharged engine along with a number of very special visual design features to show the special nature of this bike. The HellKat will be auctioned off on ebay and the proceeds will be donated to hurricane relief. We’ll have full details and a photo soon. This bike will be the one and only Category Five HellKat produced. No others will be built under any circumstances. If you have the resources to bid on a bike like this, be sure to do so, it’s for a great cause and you’ll have a spectacular and unique bike if you win.
Confederate Motorcycles is currently searching for long term temporary quarters to resume regular production. The New Orleans location, used for final assembly, suffered sufficient damage to halt operations there and they are unable to return to the city to pick up the pieces however, the company is spread over a number of different buildings which helped lessen the impact of the storm. As company spokesman, Dave Hargeaves told me, “It’s a speed bump.” I like that attitude and I expect to see the Hellcat and Wraith production rolling again before too long. Dave estimated production was set back about 30 days. If you were planning on adding one of these extraordinary bikes to your collection, get back in line. Dave also wanted everyone to know the company is answering the phone again at their regular number.
It’s great to know Confederate Motorcycles is making progress and will resume operations. Congratulations, guys, we’re looking forward to seeing you back.