There's been a rush of emails in my inbox lately announcing lots of new motorcycle speed records, it must have been a good year for the salt. This one just came in and it's actually pretty impressive. The new Confederate X132 Hellcat Combat set a record of 172.211mph in the APF3000 category (unfaired, naturally aspirated, pushrod v-twin, over 2000cc). What that means is it's the world's fastest big block American V-twin motorcycle ever.
The X132 has a 132 cubic inch (2,163 cc) 56° Fuel Injected V-Twin, sporting about 150 foot pounds of torque and 132 horsepower.
Many of us have ridden a motorcycle well into triple digit territory, but we're usually laying on the tank behind a fairing, this record was set out in the breeze which is not only a bit more challenging for the rider to keep things straight and narrow while fighting the wind blast, but the engine has to push a rather non-aerodynamic hulk up to that speed.
Makes a person think those big V-Twins aren't the slugs the inline four crowd makes them out to be. Nice work Confederate. Congratulations.
Link: Confederate Motors