Confederate Motorcycles is getting very close to starting production of the Wraith. Brian Case, Confederate’s chief of design, pointed me to an article in the LA Times where they ran prototype number four through a short road test. Although Confederate would have preferred using a production model, the Times was a bit impatient so the prototype was used instead with somewhat predictable teething problems during the test. Troubles aside and since dealt with, the Wraith looks to be a very desirable motorcycle with a design you simply will not see anywhere else.
The fuel is underneath and oil is in the backbone. Power is from a counter-balanced Jims 120″ motor and Brian designed the vertically stacked 5-speed billet-aluminum semi-unit transmission. The Times review makes a point of the lack of vibration, amazing what a bit of counter balancing can do.
Brian said he afterwards took the Wraith for a 150 mile run up the California coast and it ran great all the way, including a few impromptu races with sport bikes and a Lotus Exige.
The Wraith will be in a class Confederate is calling “Luxury Sport.” Sounds about right. According to Brian, everything is working as designed and after a good thrashing of prototype number five to find and iron out any remaining problems, production will begin. They’ve got 32 already spoken for so if you were planning on putting one in your garage you’ll need $55,000 and a place in line. Better give them a call.
Link: LA Times