BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

If you’re looking for a sci-fi-insipred, unique and truly high performance incredibly functional cycle, then look no further than Confederate’s awesome 2008 Wraith B210. Less than 100 Wraiths were made during the model's 2007-09 production run, sold for $43,800 in a Bonhams auction.

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Looking like an armor-plated board-tracker straight from the future, the Wraith was intended, says Confederate, to be, "The world's most luxurious, sporting two-wheeled device." There is absolutely no doubt that it is one of the most strikingly memorable motorcycles of modern times.

Confederate uses a “a holistic, avant-garde process for celebrating the art of rebellion,” resulting in a unique blend of off-the-wall styling, advanced technology and Grand Prix-quality components.

But Confederate's passion isn't just about show: In 2008, the Wraith set a new speed record of 166.459mph in the A-PF 2,000cc pushrod/unfaired class at Bonneville Salt Flats, obliterating the previous mark of 141mph.

The Wraith is powered by a JIMS Harley-esque 45-degree V-twin engine that uses a balancer shaft to reduce vibration. Displacing 1,967cc, the Wraith motor delivers 125bhp at the rear wheel via belt primary drive and a compact stacked-shaft, five-speed gearbox. It's the cycle parts, though, that make this machine something special.

Taking functional minimalism to a new level, the aircraft-inspired Wraith chassis consists of an arched carbon-fiber spine complemented by aluminum bulkheads sandwiching the engine. The fuel tank is located under the motor, while the front suspension eschews conventional telescopic forks in favor of a blade-type girder arrangement. There's a single-sided, monoshock-suspended, aluminum swingarm at the rear.

Confirming Confederate's commitment to using only the best components regardless of cost, the brakes are an FD four-piston job at the front with a Brembo two-piston caliper at the rear, while the wheels are lightweight Marchesinis.

As to their claim of it being one of the most strikingly and memorable motorcycles of modern times, we agree.