Hello Curtiss, goodbye hydrocarbons!
Confederate Motorcycles has completed its transition to Curtiss Motorcycle with what CEO Matt Chambers says is “the first new Curtiss motorcycle in over 100 years.” In all likelihood it will also be the last too - at least the last internal combustion engine motorcycle under the Curtiss name as Chambers embarks on his plan to abandon hydrocarbons and re-invent as an E-bike manufacturer.
Sharing a name with its famous World War II fighter plane ancestor, the new Warhawk pays homage to the man who invented the first American V-twin motorcycle – Glenn Curtiss. The announcement marks the first product release since Confederate Motors rebranded to Curtiss Motorcycle earlier this year.
“We’ve spent the past 27 years working to optimize and perfect Mr. Curtiss’ V-twin invention,” explained Curtiss CEO Matt Chambers. “Everything we know is built into this machine. Because the Warhawk is based on our acclaimed P51 Fighter, the engine, powertrain and chassis are as solid as a bank vault. But now, we’ve cranked it to 11. There are no more rabbits we can pull out of the proverbial hat. There’s simply no way to make a more explosive hot-rod American V-twin than the Curtiss Warhawk.
“The American V-twin is undoubtedly the most iconic and revered powertrain in motorcycle history. As we prepare to lead an all-new golden age of electrified motorcycles, this Curtiss Warhawk represents the best and final chapter in American V-twin power and refinement. We’re building a handful of these Warhawks in honor of Mr. Curtiss and as a bequest from the brand of yesterday to the brand of tomorrow.”
Only 35 Curtiss Warhawks are scheduled to be crafted, with an MSRP of $105,000 USD. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Curtiss Motorcycle Company is on a mission to “lead an all-new golden age of sustainable motorcycles by designing and crafting the world’s best and finest electric motorcycles.”