Confederate designs a bike fit for Darth Vader.
The best bike concept in years may look like a figment of a tortured Euro-goth imagination, but this evilness is actually an all-American affair, drawn up by the good ol’ boys at Birmingham-based Confederate Motor Company. Designed to have the fewest moving parts possible, their fourth bike will be virtually frameless; its front end, carbon-fiber fuel tank, and swing arm will all be mounted directly to its 103-cubic-inch V-twin engine. Look for the bike to hit streets in 2009. Then look at your 10-speed and weep.
Can’t wait till 2009? Buy these bikes now.
Triumph Street Triple
A tough, naked street-fighting bike outfitted with a 107 hp engine. $7,999, triumph.co.uk
The most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle in the world. $14,995, ducati.com
A hot hybrid between sport bike and tourer, based on the Ninja 650R. $6,899, kawasaki.com