CONFEDERATE HELLCAT X132

At $45’000 this is one very exclusive machine, more like a work of art. I wouldn’t know whether to ride this bike or display it in my living room. You would have to be in love with this machine to get it, but in reality these bikes from the Alabama Company. From all the other Confederate machines this one is just as appetizing and I would love to try this machine out on the open road. For now I can just admire it from afar since this won’t be in my stable any time soon.

This is the Alabama company’s latest model, and it comes with a mission statement: “With the X132 Hellcat, we set out to build the toughest motorcycle ever made”. Hellcat components include Marzocchi forks, Pirelli Supercorsa tires, a Beringer/Brembo brake system and Motogadget instrumentation. The 132 ci (2163 cc) V-twin motor, developed with the help of S&S, puts out 132 bhp—which might not sound like much given the capacity, but the Hellcat is relatively light at 500 lbs (226 kg).


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The Few Days Left!

It was early Friday morning! The last day Kubayashi was in town before taking a trip and so we went out for a nice long ride around town. There were the usual morning riders, there weren’t as many as their used to be because of the weather and its getting a little hotter. On our route we went to the airport first before coming back down the fifth ring road and heading towards the gulf road from Bida’a round about. One thing that you start noticing are these new strange looking cameras, and some of them in specific locations. I don’t know how they work but they do seem to be intimidating. There is one just opposite the scientific center making it impossible for any rider to go around the very lovely curve at the speed that he can enjoy, and I don’t know how well it takes pictures or if it can see bike license plates but I didn’t want to try it out just yet.

After that enjoyable ride we stopped by Marina to meet up with some of the guys and get a bite to eat. So we went to Casper and Gambini, and while I was sitting down I got a call from my friend that an idiot was sitting on my bike and taking pictures, all I saw was red at that and I was furious. We were parked on the side walked since the parking was completely full and I saw a bunch of idiots taking pictures while sitting on other bikes. Me and Kubayashi walk over there, Kubayashi is a man of few words when he is angry and my mouth is like a bull horn. About from 20 meters away I see one guy get on a Harley that didn’t belong to him to take pictures, I shouted my head off and told the guy to get the hell off the buy and walked right up to him. I told him and his friend that they can take pictures but the next guy to touch an of the bikes will have his fingers broken and my foot somewhere they don’t want it to be. I was very very very pissed, grown men were messing around and touching things that don’t belong to them. Just as I was done with them some other idiot gets on another bike by the parking and so I bark at him, and he apologized, I told him that an apology isn’t good enough, you touch another machine and I will sure its the last he touches. The whole time Kubayashi is standing behind me like an man about to rip other man’s head off. One thing bikers will not tolerate is someone touching their bike in a way that could damage it, then I saw one of the Harley guys come and he was mad as hell too. A man’s bike is something which is very personal and these are grown men, older then me, not kids. Whenever I see kids doing it I don’t mind because they are kids, and if they are nice kids I help them onto my bike for their parents to take pictures. But grown men messing around with our bikes isn’t acceptable. I was angry for a while but cooled off after a bit. It was a great day of riding, got a little hot in the afternoon but still loved the outing, except for the idiots touching the Diavel it was a great day. (What I wrote was the PG version, there were a few words flying around because I was pissed lol)


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Hooligans On Ice

Water scares me when I ride because hitting the ground isn’t pleasant, and snow isn’t something I want to think about. But this guy is stunting on snow with spiked tires, that is something that I can’t even think about let alone try. I wouldn’t mind trying it out if I can get my hands on a bike like that, the fall doesn’t look too hard!

Free Riding – Crack of Dawn

I was so excited to ride this weekend that I woke up at the crack of dawn, I knew it was going to be cool but at 5 am it was 19C outside which was perfect. I update the playlists on my nano, got my camera with me, and got into gear. We met up at 7am on Friday at Starbucks Bida’a, and there were at least a dozen bikers already there. It seems everyone was ready to ride this season and well worth it in the lovely morning. The weather in Kuwait has been fantastic and I hope it stays that way for a while, I am one person that does not miss those dusty days.

As usual there were a bunch of Harleys in the morning and a couple of Ducatis, but it was just me and my friend riding this lovely morning. We said hello to a lot of people, had a cold drink then headed out. They have repaved certain parts of the GulfRoad with what seems to be cheap work so the roads are shiny but slippery, there were few parts where I felt the back end of my bike shake even when I was going relatively slow. I haven’t been on the roads for a while so I thought I would take it easy the first time around to make sure I know where the bad spots are before pushing the bike. We stopped at Sharq Mall to switch bikes, I was riding the Ducati 1098s and my friend was riding the MV Agusta 312R, the 312R is probably one of the most extreme machines out of MV Agusta, Italians really do know how to make their machines look good.

As soon as we switched bikes and got some pictures, we got back on the road only to find a pack of Ducatis that we knew so we dedcided to tag along with them since we didn’t mind modifying our plan. A few hand signals and we were off in a pack of six, and I was riding on a machine that I have never ridden on before, so there was a slight learning curve in the matter. These guys had their gloves off, they were maniacs, the throttle was tied to their adrenaline and they were flying like rockets, and we were keeping up and we know that we could even pass them but we usually go at a more comfortable pace. But we thought we do something different, we went all the way to Doha and back, they were relentless, a couple of Ducati Classics, one BMW, and a Monster, but we were on the MV 312R and the 1098s, so we were flying our of corners, taking any opening. We were lucky the roads were empty and we took the seaside all the way back. By the time we were on Blajat Street I ran out of Gas so we had to fill up, luckily the new station there had Ultra Super gas.

We headed back to Starbucks Bida’a for a drink before riding again, and by the time we got there we saw even more bikes around 9:30 am. I saw the BMW S1000R and its a mean looking machine, even a Corvette group seemed to be out as well. We had some cold water before heading out again, then we met up with some friends at Prime & Toast. This time a friend joined up with us from the Ducati Club and this guy wanted to fly, I won’t lie I was tempted everytime to take off, its a hell of a rush. I think everyone just really loved the day and the cool weather. Some of those guys were riding since last night they couldn’t wait to get on the road. After breakfast I went home and needed a nap to be up the rest of the day. This was my first time riding an MV Agusta and the 312R is a in a class of its own, it has a lot of high end power, I would have preferred a little at the low end but its a big machine and you have to learn how to ride it, if you are over confident its not a forgiving machine but if you learn to ride it, its pure bliss.


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Night Ride – Perfect Weather

The weather just keeps getting better and better these days, I have been looking forward to riding for so long now. I got home a little late from work but I was too worked up to ride that I didn’t even think about eating lunch. As soon as I got home, I changed into gear, my iPod read, camera in hand, and bike filled up. I didn’t have any specific route, I just wanted to ride, and as soon as I had my leg over the bike I was ready to go.

The thing I was happy as hell about is that my gear fits me, I closed my Alpinestar jacket easily, I’m not at my goal yet but I’m happy about the results. I also had some gear that I wanted to test out while riding, its a new recording device from a friend, wanted to see the quality of night time video and see if it holds on in excessive speeds. I took the 6th ring road and took the GulfRoad all the way around, I loved it from light to light, I didn’t mind the traffic at all. I was honestly in another state of mind, just extremely happy riding, I had a work appointment later but I wasn’t thinking about that. My mind was on the road, the corners, the cars, and I was pulsing to the rhythm of the music playing loudly in my ears. I can never get enough of riding, it was cool enough at 35C to ride comfortably, it is even cooler at night, but it was bliss riding the Ducati and feeling every Rev. Even when I got stuck on major traffic on the 5th ring road around 6:30 pm I was calmly passing traffic at a comfortable pace getting to my destination.


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Bike Control At It’s Finest

ICON – Shinobi

Skills such as these are not human, the control he has on the bike is nothing short of mind bending. If you would take the Tazmanian Devil and stick him in a human being then it would Shin Kinoshita. A Man of little words but his riding and stunting skills speak for him. I love these ICON videos, it takes a hell of a lot of practice to pull of what he is doing. The balance, the turning, the momentum, mind numbing. I don’t have the guts to try some of that stuff, my heart jumps when I pull a wheelie, this guy is waving and bouncing this very large motorcycle around like it’s his third limb. More ICON videos please.

Link: Autoblog

Confederate Black Flag

There are a lot of custom bike makers out there, but the most unique and modern creations come from Confederate Motorcycles, the new Confederate Black Flag which is the P120 Fighter in Matte Black. Only 13 special editions will be made of this machine and 4 are already reserved.

For a work of art chiseled out of bare metal it takes off pretty quickly with 160 bhp and 145 lbs-ft of torque. Again no pricing is announced but I’m assuming that you would need to take a loan for a house to buy it. I love this machine, damn it looks like one mean machine.

Link: Asphalt & Rubber


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Aprilia Punches BMW

I love when companies take punches at each other, and since BMW had there S1000RR Ad, Aprilia decided to take a solid punch at BMW. Taking the table cloth magic trick and turning it around, Aprilia view themselves as motorcycle company building true racing machines and the Ad says it all. But I still love both machines, you can’t ever have too many machines to ride!