Revived Hellcat: Revival Cycles The Revival 140

The masterful fabrication skills of the team at Revival Cycles is well known. The latest demonstration of their talent can be seen on a Confederate Hellcat they call The Revival 140.

The story goes a friend brought in the banged up Hellcat and asked Revival to put their spin on it. The result is an exercise in exquisite hand formed alloy, from the tank to the tail, to asymmetric side panels to the belly pan and beaked headlight housing. Revival switched up the ergonomics to a more neutral, upright riding position. And the sound emanating from the new stainless exhaust. What a symphony!

The Revival 140

Revival Cycles revived a busted up Confederate Hellcat by turning it into a fire-breathing custom with plenty of hand formed alloy bodywork called The Revival 140. (Revival Cycles Photo)

In Revival’s build story on the bike, they said “this was by far the most challenging design-wise. Not necessarily from a technical standpoint, as the original chassis and most of the electrics would remain, but from a purely aesthetic point of view.” The Hellcat was “dubbed “The Revival 140” as any motorcycle that weighs less than 500 pounds and has 140 foot pounds of torque DESERVES to be known by that name.” It’s also a literal revival of a busted bike into a two-wheeled phoenix.

Be sure to check out Revival Cycles website for the complete build story, an awesome image gallery that chronicles its metamorphosis, and a video so you can hear its intoxicating exhaust note. A post on The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show Facebook page states “To see The Revival 140 in person be sure to get your tickets early for our 2017 show! The prices go up March 1st and supporter badges are limited and going fast so click link in profile and get your tickets now.

A tech sheet on The Revival 140 is below, courtesy of Revival Cycles website.

STARTING PLATFORM:

MANUFACTURER: CONFEDERATE
YEAR: 2012
MODEL: X132 HELLCAT
WEIGHT (WET): 498 LBS
REVIVAL CYCLES WEBSITE PARTS: MOTOGADGET M-UNIT
REVIVAL DESIGNED PARTS: HANDLEBAR BUTTON HOUSINGS, HANDLEBAR MOUNTING SYSTEM, SUBFRAME, GAS TANK, TAIL SECTION, HEADLIGHT SURROUND, OIL COOLER SHROUD, AIR CLEANER SHROUD

CHASSIS:
MATERIAL: 3” 120 WALL HARD STEEL BACKBONE; 3” 120 WALL HARD STEEL DOWN TUBE; HAND TIG WELDED FABRICATION
GEOMETRY: WHEELBASE: 62.5”; RAKE: 23.5 DEGREES; TRAIL: 3.8”

BODYWORK:
HAND FORMED ALLOY FUEL TANK, TAIL SECTION, HEADLIGHT SURROUND, OIL COOLER SHROUD, AIR INTAKE SHROUD, BELLY PAN

SUSPENSION:
FRONT: CUSTOM MARZOCCHI RAC 50MM FORK; REBOUND AND COMPRESSION ADJUSTABLE FOR LOW AND HIGH SPEED ACTUATION
REAR: CUSTOM RACE TECH COIL-OVER-SHOCK; REBOUND AND COMPRESSION ADJUSTABLE FOR LOW AND HIGH SPEED ACTUATION

WHEELS
WHEELS: BST CARBON FIBER
FRONT: 3.5” X 17”
REAR: 6”X 17”
TIRES: PIRELLI DIABLO ROSSO
FRONT: 120/70 ZR
REAR: 190/55 ZR

ELECTRICAL:
MOTOGADGET M-UNIT
LIGHTING: XXXX PROJECTOR HEADLIGHT, LED SUPERNOVA TAIL LIGHTS / BRAKE LIGHT, MOTOGADGET M-BLAZE DISC BAR END TURN SIGNALS, LED REAR TURN SIGNALS
IGNITION SYSTEM: RICK’S ELECTROMOTORSPORT CDI W/ ADJUSTABLE REV LIMITER
DYNA COIL

ENGINE:
ENGINE: X132 COPPERHEAD; 132 CUBIC INCHES (2,163 CC); 56° FUEL INJECTED V-TWIN; 4.4” BORE X 4.4” STROKE; ONE-PIECE FORGED CRANK; JOURNAL BEARING DESIGN
POWER: TORQUE: 140 FOOT POUNDS
HORSEPOWER: 132 BHP
EXHAUST: REVIVAL CYCLES FABRICATED STAINLESS STEEL 2 INTO 2 EXHAUST / MUFFLER
UNITIZED CASE: MACHINED 6061 AIRCRAFT-GRADE BILLET ALUMINUM
TRANSMISSION: CONFEDERATE PATENTED 5-SPEED CLOSE RATIO; PATENTED OUTPUT SHAFT BEARING SUPPORT SYSTEM

CONTROLS:
CONTROLS: MID-REAR
HANDLEBARS: LSL STREET TRACKER BEND
SEATING: SOLO SEAT
SEAT HEIGHT: 31”

THROTTLE:
FRONT BRAKE MASTER: BERINGER
CLUTCH MASTER: BERINGER

BRAKES:
FRONT: DUAL BERINGER 4 PISTON AEROTEC RADIAL CALIPERS; DUAL BERINGER AERONAL
FLOATING STAINLESS STEEL DISCS
REAR: SINGLE 2 PISTON BREMBO MONOBLOCK CALIPER; CROSS-DRILLED BREMBO STAINLESS STEEL DISC

INSTRUMENTATION:
MOTOGADGET PRECISION ANALOGUE TACHOMETER
DIGITAL SPEED, STATUS

Flourishing in the Future Addressed by Custom Culture Forum in Austin

It was a meeting of the minds in Austin, a collection of talented young builders and leaders of the millennial moto-movement bouncing ideas off industry veterans, magazine publishers, Motorcycle Industry Council members and OEM representatives. The second “Custom Culture Forum, held at Revival Cycles during the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show weekend, was spearheaded by industry veteran and V-Twin Director of the AIMExpo, Bob Kay.

The objectives of the forum are multi-tiered. High on the priority list is fostering motorcycle culture for future generations. To do this, the bridge between the aging old guard and the burgeoning millennial segment must be gapped to secure the culture for future generations. Being united gives motorcyclists a better chance of “fighting against legislation that tries to impose itself unjustly against that culture.”

Bob Kay

Bob Kay, a long-time industry advocate and V-Twin Director of the AIMExpo, spearheaded the “Custom Culture Forum” in Austin, Texas, held the weekend of the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

And there’s no shortage of counterproductive moto-legislation afoot, moderators mentioning regional acts like Texas’ initiative to scrap titles if belly numbers don’t match to the national level. Recently the EPA launched a proposal that would make it illegal to convert street-legal motorcycles to race bikes if doing so changed the motorcycle’s emissions. This would be a huge blow to companies that make aftermarket parts that affect a motorcycle’s emissions, even if that bike is built solely for racing.

In Kay’s outline for the “Custom Culture” collaboration, he states “We must be able to separate riders’ rights issues from obstacles that get in the way of growing the motorcycle industry. Both are equally important but our goal is to focus on those that stifle customization and put undue burdens on new businesses. We must also identify initiatives that are counterproductive to the motorcycle lifestyle. We can then partner with the appropriate organizations to resolve any negative or unreasonable challenges.”

The “Custom Culture Forum” acknowledged the way events like the Handbuilt, The ONE and Mama Tried Shows are able to bring in crowds of non-riders and enthusiasts alike, broadening the reach of moto culture, which is another goal of the forum.

2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

Events like the 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show are having great success at attracting non-riders and giving them a taste of the moto-culture elixir. 

“We need to pull in riders, intro them, offer training, to involve those who haven’t ridden, and to offer them smaller starter bikes,” said Casey Potter, Creative Director from Bell, in the minutes on the meeting.

Shows like the ones mentioned above are bringing in some of those potential new riders by blending bikes, art, and culture. The upbeat atmosphere and creative energy makes the lifestyle an easy sale. But beyond lifestyle, the forum wants to emphasize the utilitarian side of motorcycles as well as affordable, efficient means of transportation.

The second “Custom Culture Forum” made a lot of headway from the modest initial gathering in Daytona Beach during Bike Week. This headway should continue into the next gathering scheduled for the AIMExpo 2016. Kay is in the process of assembling a cross-section of panelists to lead the hot-topic discussions. Increased participation from OEM’s and the MIC is anticipated.

And while the objectives of the forum are honorable, achieving their goals won’t be easy. Small shops are inherently independent and are accustomed to making their own rules, generally types that cast a suspicious eye on entities like the MIC. OEM’s have agendas, and getting them to work unilaterally and meet the wants and needs of independents is a difficult chart to graph. But we applaud the forum’s efforts to lay the groundwork for the propagation of the moto-industry, to help millennials in their pursuit of success, and to tackle the issues that infringe upon our lifestyle.

Bob Kay’s correspondence on the Austin forum concluded with, “Once again I would like to thank ya’ll for attending our 2nd meeting at Revival Cycles in Austin. I was humbled by the turn out and even more so by the sincere level of participation. As previously stated I would like you to review the minutes and get back to me with your pick of the top 6 action items. I am also interested in anyone wishing to participate in the Custom Culture Roundtable at AIMExpo. I am pleased to report because of your involvement AIMExpo is not only give us a place for our roundtable discussion but they are going to rebrand a whole section for us including The Championship of the Americas, Artisan displays, Builder displays, The Standard Moto Company Showcase Lounge, The Sara Liberte Photo Exhibition and more.”

2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin April 8-10

Austin, Texas, will soon be the center of the moto universe as MotoGP riders prepare to attack the Circuit of the America’s track, the best dirt trackers around get ready to battle it out in the Harley-Davidson Lone Star Half-Mile, and the crew at Revival Cycles gears up for its third annual shindig, The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

In three short years, the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show has established itself as one of the premier showcases of moto-craftsmanship and pride in workmanship. It heralds history while lauding ingenuity and originality. Add artwork, photography, music, the Wall of Death thrill show, a cocktail or two and the always authentic Austin vibe to the mix and you’ve got the recipe for a must-see show.

The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show

The 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show sees the welcome addition of SuperHooligan Races by RSD. They’ve stamped out a dirt oval short track right across the street from the Handbuilt Show and some bar-bangin’ fun will be going down Friday night. They’ve got four classes, Costume Run What Cha Brung, Air-Cooled Vintage, GNC Pro Twins, and the always entertaining Super Hooligans. There’s a $5000 purse up for grabs in the GNC Pro Twins class, and with the full contingency of AMA Pro Flat Track racers in town, it will be interesting to see who shows up.

We do know that some of the most talented motorcycle builders in the world will be on-hand. As always, admission is free. The 2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show will be held April 8 -10 at 1100 E. 5th St in Austin. American Iron will be live at the scene, so be sure to check out our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts to check out the action.

Below is a little blurb about the show courtesy of Revival Cycles along with the schedule.

As the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show 2016 gains momentum, we are poised to outpace the success of our last two shows. The tremendous swell of support shown by the motorcycling community, both locally and abroad, has turned this event into a destination for riders, enthusiasts, and fans from all over the world. Hailed by the American Motordrome Wall of Death Riders as the best in the country, our exhibition of custom builds and original artwork draws a diverse crowd ranging from the merely curious to die-hard fans.

Last year’s show featured custom motorcycles from the best builders in the business: Max Hazan, Roland Sands, Shinya Kimura, Walt Siegl, and so on. Arranged in a gallery-like setting alongside original artwork, the show celebrates the process of design and the satisfaction of creation inherent in the craft. Please join us as we seek to expose all who wander in to the rich culture of the motorcycling community.

2016 Handbuilt Motorcycle Show
Free Admission
1100 E. 5th St., Austin, TX 78702
Friday April 8 5 p.m – 12 a.m.
Saturday April 9 12 p.m – 12 a.m.
Sunday April 10th 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.