James Hoegh's mission to go faster than 168.912 mph on a naked bike on the Bonneville Salt Flats has met success. Hoegh traversed the salt during the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at 172.211 mph, entering the books in the APF3000 class as the rider on the world's fastest big block American V-twin.

The prototype X132 Hellcat Combat ran with the 132-cubic-inch S&S XWedge engine used in the retail Hellcat, given a knife's-edge tune and plenty of performance bits so it could push through the air faster than any other.

There are three ways to follow in Hoegh's footsteps: break the record yourself, buy one of the limited-production-run Combat Hellcats that Confederate says will be coming next year, or become a physical therapist, which is Hoegh's day job. While you decide, there's a video chronicling the achievement below.



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      foci
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes, it is the class that makes this significant. This is a two cylinder without a turbo or supercharger and it does not have any aerodynamic body work.
      J W
      • 2 Years Ago
      The amount of people who comment without reading the article astounds me. READ IT and all questions will be answered mechatricity and Willie
      mechatricity
      • 2 Years Ago
      In all seriousness, can someone explain this to me? Is it the particular class that makes this a notable achievement? On a pure number basis the speed is not particularly notable- but i know nothing about Bonneville classes.
        waetherman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mechatricity
        Well 172 on salt is nothing to sneeze at - the fastest production bikes only get as high as about 190. And considering the fact that this is unfaired, v-twin, to me it certainly seems like it's an impressive number. That said I totally get what you're saying; it's an arbitrary distinction to make these kinds of "classes" of motorcycles, and what matters to most people is "fastest on two wheels" figures, not "fastest naturally aspirated, unfaired, american made, v-twin..."
      SpikedLemon
      • 2 Years Ago
      How narrow do you need to make the classes in order for Confederate to win this title? They compete against Victory and H-D. Neither, I suspect, have vast aspirations to claim this title. Though, I suspect, that a Harley Davidson VR1000 probably exceeded that speed: just not on the salt flats..
      ThinkAboutIt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Matt Chambers is Dr. Arliss Loveless' first cousin. Seriously, I couldn't buy or ride anything associated with the name "confederate". Reminds me of the inbreeds that drive around in the rust buckets with the giant confederate flag flapping in the wind, yet they live in the north.....
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Come on. Is that the best it can do? My 1973 Kawasaki Z1 with only 900cc and 84 horsepower stock did over 150mph! Bone stock with no windshield.
        ratpack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        factory stock '73 Kawasaki Z1 900cc runs out of gears at the 130mph mark.
        yumoyack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        You have to remember he is not on tarmac. He is riding on a salt. You don't get the same amount of traction. That's why his speed is a big deal. Its hard to achieve top speed on a dry lake bed. The sport is based on this challenge.
        Alan Collard
        • 4 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB

        no it didnt, on a good it might make 130 lying flat on the tank ,i had a european z1 , great bike though

        waetherman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        I hate to say it to a fellow biker, especially a Kawisaki owner, but you're deluding yourself. No way a stock Z1 could go over 150. I had a KZ1000, the successor to the Z1 with about 10% more power, that couldn't get much above 130. Now I had a jetted GPZ that probably could get to 150, but that would've been at the top of its range. And either way, on paper or on asphalt is not on salt.
      Willie
      • 2 Years Ago
      i would of thought you could get it to 200mph, **** my old 2005 r1 goes as fast as this bike with a regulator on it. confederate should make a club racer next.
        LynxFX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Willie
        And your R1 is aerodynamic, inline-four and not running across salt. Seeing as this broke a record, it isn't that easy.
        Oscar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Willie
        You also have to consider the Density Altitude at Bonneville. In my August runs at Bonneville the DA was 7120ft. That slows vehicles down considerably from the speeds they would produce at Sea Level altitudes.
          SloopJohnB
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Oscar
          Excellent point. My Kawasaki Z1 900 was at 300 feet above sea level. However, the salt flats are at about 4200 feet above sea level...how the heck did you get to 7120 feet? Must have been a heckuva tropical depression over you....
          SloopJohnB
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Oscar
          Yow..how hot was it in August to get 7120 feet?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      ishmaelcrowley
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you like this short video you should watch "The World's Fastest Indian" with Anthony Hopkins. The video's style bore more than a passing resemblance to the film. Check it out. I think you'll like.
      • 2 Years Ago
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