Confederate C2 P-51 Fighter — Pierre Terblanche’s Latest Motorcycling Creation

12/07/2013 @ 8:12 am, by Jensen Beeler34 COMMENTS


It has been over two years since we saw a new motorcycle from Confederate Motors, but you would be wrong to think that the boutique Southern brand has been sitting idly by all this time.

Earlier this year, Confederate added esteemed motorcycle designer Pierre Terblanche to its ranks, and now we get to see the first fruition of the South African’s influence on the American motorcycle company.

Announcing today the Confederate C2 P-51 Fighter, Terblanche has created Confederate’s second-generation model of the Fighter line — no easy feat to build upon, as Terblanche calls the original fighter one of his all-time favorite motorcycle designs.

Available in June/July of 2014, the 2015 Confederate C2 P-51 Fighter features a number of improvements over the original design, according to Terblanche. One notable statistic is that the C2 Fighter drops 40 lbs off the weight of the Fighter’s cylinder crank cases alone.

Only 31 specimens of the C2 Fighter will be made available to Confederate customers, which according to the render above, should be a truly unique piece of motorcycling art.

Source: Confederate

  • Quiet American

    Good to see that Pierre can do to redneck cruisers what he did to Italian Sportbikes.

  • Lance Boyle

    “Specimen” seems accurate.

  • K1200Rider

    Atleast Pierre admits that Confederate bikes are “outlandish”! lol!!

  • Suit Hoodie

    @QuietAmerican – Make them better?

  • Gutterslob

    The brand still rubs me the wrong way, but I have to admit their bikes tend to look good.

  • Phil

    I’d love one, but they’re just too damn expensive for your average biker.

  • Andrey

    40 lbs off the crank cases, not the heads

  • John D’Orazio

    Wow!!! But not in a good way.

  • Will

    “Esteemed.” Ha! Good one!

    Big, heavy, ugly, why? But opinions are like assholes. I am one!

  • Nick B

    Wow – lolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll.

  • Bicho

    Nasty piece of metal ,WTF? lost in design languages they are…………

  • Gonzo

    Yawn….just him talking…yada yada yada…. show us more of the damn bike, even if your company is named after a bunch of inbred traitors, you could still show more of the bike.

  • Andrew

    I’m glad Terblanche found his home with Confederate – at least there he only ruins 30 bikes at a time.

  • Quiet American

    That is ten times more bikes than his designs spawned at Guzzi. Oops, those three concepts weren’t even real, working bikes.

  • Quiet American

    In all fairness to Terblanche, he had the misfortune of following Tamburini, one of the all time masters of motorcycle design. He also is a peer and former associate of Galluzzi, who is the closest to currently being a master of this art. Pierre’s heavy handed, out there, work wouldn’t be mocked if he were at Honda or Suzuki. But between and aside of the masters of bikes like the 916, the Monster, the F4, and the RSV4, his bikes like the 999 and the original Multistrada seemed way more colossally bad than they really were.

  • Gary

    He just won’t go away…

  • Leo

    PLEASE a new post… I can’t look at this monstrosity as the first post on A&R anymore…..

  • crshnbrn

    “40 lbs. off the weight of the crankcases’? Even if he meant 40 lbs. off the weight of the entire engine, I don’t see how that is possible.

  • Quiet American

    Forty pounds, blah,blah, blah. It looks like lots of outrageously expensive (if the virtual world is reality) polishing of antique turd technology, but in the end it will still be as it began.

  • paulus

    There are a lot of different tastes in the world… and this will suit one of them.
    I could find a home for a Confederate from a pure machining perspectiv alone….
    Good luck to them.

  • Bruce Scholten

    Sorry, but a P-51 Mustang fighter is beautiful.

  • pooch

    Just so I know for next time. What did you find objecttionable in my comment that hasn’t been repeated and exceeded since then by others, hmmm ?

  • Jensen Beeler

    No clue, but we’ve tightened down the spam filter to junk comments that use curse words and slurs.

  • Hugo

    Well its Terblanche bashing time again. Lets not forget he also made bikes like the Supermono, MH900 and the Sports classics (which would now sell like hot cakes, Ducati just was too early with those bikes). His 999 is appreciated a lot more now then when it was on the market, it was ahead of its time. I, for one, am an admirer of his work because he doesn’t just “style” a bike but also thinks about it functioning, reducing parts, making it lighter, etc.
    And sorry but an RSV4 doesn’t belong in the same row as a 916 or F4 design wise…
    With this bike, it seems the front suspension is similar to the rear swingarms of the Guzzi concepts with the shock inside the fork/swingarm and isn’t the cilinder at the front the oil tank (now used as a load carrying member)?

  • smiler

    Terreblanche designed this:
    So although his bikes are not everyones taste. He is innovative and seeing as he had to follow the 916, what else was he going to do. The 999 has aged will.
    As for the above. No idea whether it is good but it takes the brand forward and is not a 3 ton piece of chrome with leather tassles and chrome. makes a change.

  • Andrew

    If I was a bit harsh on ol’ Pierre I just want to clarify that I think he’s done some fine work – I quite like 999 as a matter of fact and I greatly respect his work on Ducati SportClassic. He really nailed the timeless elegant look on that one! But he is also very uneven and when he misses, he misses by a mile. I still have nightmares about those concept Guzzis he designed and as far as I’m concerned, this Confederate is a total miss as well.

  • SteaminSteven

    I have always liked Conie’s bykes, though one thing I woudl not not call them is beautiful….

  • JoeD

    This creation is butt ugly. It will sell to the Cruiser Cretins though.

  • Officerleroy

    I just threw up in my mouth a little…

  • Doug

    @Officerleroy – that’s original !

    @Quiet American – your comments are ironic…

    You praise Tamburini as “one of the all time masters of motorcycle design. ” and then you try to give a back-handed compliment of Terblanche’s work by stating it wouldn’t be mocked if it were at Honda (like working at Honda is not as good as Ducati)….

    You write, ” (Terblanche’s) work wouldn’t be mocked if he were at Honda or Suzuki. But between and aside of the masters of bikes like the 916, the Monster, the F4, and the RSV4, his bikes like the 999 and the original Multistrada seemed way more colossally bad than they really were.”

    The irony for you – everything from the seat back on the 916 & and most of the F4 was designed by Honda on their RC30 which pre-dates your beloved designer’s work. The 916’s single-sided swing arm, tail section, & taillights are a direct homage to the RC30. Look it up.

    Re: Galluzzi – it can be argued that his work at Aprilia makes that brand the most Honda-like of the Italian brands as seen through the RSV.

    I’m not a Honda fan, either but they have moments of great design, particularly when it comes to the “RC-“range

  • Aaron B. Brown

    I just love these coffee table motorcycles designed for the wealthy who have disposable income they don’t know what to do with, because every time there is a market crash or a bubble pops, or they get popped for insider trading, embezzlement, Ponzi schemes etc. you can pick these things up at police auctions and estate liquidations for less than 10 grand

  • Quiet American

    I wasn’t trying to infer that all Hondas and Suzukis are poor designs. I agree that the RC’s are historically great bikes. I have owned several Hondas and have appreciated them all. Honda has also consistently built some real oddities that have seemed to be about throwing something at the wall of a perceived group of yet to be motorcyclist to see if it sticks. In 1990 I bought a VFR with gear driven cams that was parked right next to a Pacific Coast on the showroom floor. You could find that kind of odd juxtaposition during just about any year of Honda’s history. Ducati on the other hand has been pretty consistent with bikes like the SS750 and 900’s evolving to the 916. The Paso isn’t my thing but I don’t sense it was considered as odd as the original Multistrada.

  • ProudAmerican

    In case you’re wondering what that Boss Hoss and the Diavel were doing out behind the barn 9 months ago…

    And here I thought nothing could get uglier than the original Multistrada. I was wrong.

  • Quiet American

    What about the original Multistrada, wearing the 999’s muffler protuberance, and sporting the exoskeleton frame from this P51 thingy. That would be the Terblanche Trifecta of terror.