The duPont REGISTRY, February 2003
A Buyers Gallery of Fine Automobiles 9th annual Choices edition offering the best of two worlds.
FOUR WHEELS OR TWO WHEELS?
On the one hand, the 571 horsepower Lamborghini Murcielago with the elegance of heritage and the power of legend, in lime green and on four wheels. On the other, the 135 horsepower definition of non-conformance and refined vision, the equally unique, advanced yet defiant, Confederate G2 on two wheels. One is the ultimate expression of Italian design and engineering, the other is a bold display of simple raw American power with a design revolution all its own.
Lets say you opt for four wheels. Our cover car is the 2003 Lamborghini Murcielago in factory lime green with a 571 horsepower V12 capable of speeds over 200 miles per hour. This particular car is owned by recording artist Busta Rhymes and has been finished by Unique Autosport in Uniondale, NY. The interior was completely refinished in white leather with green piping to match the exterior. Unique Autosport added the logo of Bustas Flipmode Records embroidered on the headrests and custom floor mats. Dazz Motorsport was tapped for their Maya chrome wheels which they developed specifically for this car and then expanded to other high end sport applications. with 19 Pirellis on the front, 20 Pirellis on the back. The complete Panasonic audio system was designed and perfected with the help of Rob Lopez at Panasonic Car Audio. The whole package came together in only two weeks. We had to. Says Unique Autosports Will Castro. When Lamborghini announced the Murcielago for 2003, Busta wanted it for the Funk Master Flex 2nd Annual Celebrity Car Show in August. We got the car in mid July!
Our two wheel offering comes from boutique motorcycle design house and very limited production craft shop, Confederate Motorcycles. Founded in 1991 by lawyer H. Matthew Chambers, Confederate Motorcycles started with a clean sheet of paper. Designers drew a chassis and power train mounting system for the classic American V-twin style engine with a no compromise mindset. A rigid chassis, patented engine mounting system, ease of serviceability and ultimate reliability were the priorities and the building blocks of the new machine.
The first production Hellcat G1 was launched in model year 1997. Over the next five years the planned production run of 500 machines was commissioned and manufactured. Adoring fans and the motorcycle press made living legends of the Hellcat G1. After road testing the 1st generation Confederate, Cycle World declared the Hellcat G1 to be The Lamborghini of Motorcycles.
The second generation (G2) Hellcat on our cover represents a proper evolution of the first series. Pure, fluid, simple. There is no ornamentation. Design enhancements include lighter weight, with greater rigidity, more comfortable ergonomics, improved suspension, brakes, lighting, all carbon fiber body pieces and a handmade over square 114 cubic inch 135 horsepower engine.
Expecting to build only three machines per week, production began on January 2nd and will be completed over the next five years.
So there you have it, Two wheels or four? For the well-appointed garage of the duPont REGISTRY reader the correct answer could only be, Both!
Due to the width of the master cylinder, some people like the symmetrical look with a shorter peg on the brake side. The shift side footrest is 6?" long while the brake side footrest is 5?" long. This helps keep the footrest protrusion equal from centerline of the motorcycle. Use with our matching handgrips and passenger pegs to complete the look.
For those of you who prefer fold up pegs, use these 6?" long footrests sets with matching shifter peg. Footrests are drilled and tapped for 3/8-16 thread and include stainless steel mounting hardware. Use with our matching handgrips and passenger pegs to complete the matched look.
1?", 4" and 6" EXTENSION FOR FXR, DYNA & SPORTSTER MODELS
These Chrome Plated Billet Extensions are ideal for fitting your body to your bike for a "Custom Fit" riding position. Using the FXR Forward Controls, choose the 1? " extension for a slight stretch, the 4" extension for a little more stretch and the 6" extension is intended for those log legged riders. Fits FXR 1982/Later, DYNA Models 1991/Later, & Sportster 1984/Later
SHIFTER CONTROL RODS
Choose the coordinating Shift Control Rod from the chart below for the finishing touch to your Excel Forward Controls. For Ratchet Top Transmission use 70017 FX dust cover and shifter lever kit.
Standard & 1? " Extended
600 SuperSport Qualifying
Erion Racingӳ Kurtis Roberts set a new track record of one minute, 54.147 seconds today on the very last lap of his qualifying session to earn the pole position for tomorrowӳ Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport International Challenge final.
After coming in for a rear tire change on his CBR600F4, Roberts jogged up pit row and conferred quickly with competitor Eric Bostrom. When the two then took off from the pits together with only a few minutes left in their session, it was evident that they intended to work together for quicker times.
ԗe were talking about it, actually, during the winter about working together here,ԠRoberts confided. Ԉe came up to me in my pit garage right before our qualifying session and asked if I wanted to work with him because he said he could easily do some :54s around here. I had been in the :54s already today in the 750 SuperSport session. I think IӶe got the fastest motorcycle around here today and definitely tomorrow. Now itӳ just a matter of keeping the thing up.
ԅric and I, we both messed up on that final lapشhatӳ the funny thing about it; it didnӴ feel fast. I honestly believe :53s can easily be done around here.Ԡ
Bostrom ended up second fastest at 1:54.431 so both he and Roberts were under the previous record of 1:54.660 set last year by Rich Oliver.
Team Hondaӳ Nicky Hayden tried to set up a similar situation with teammate Miguel Duhamel in the second qualifying session that immediately followed, but Duhamel needed a bit more time in the pits so Hayden opted to go it alone. Even without a partner to draft with, Hayden kept clicking off faster laps, eventually turning a 1:54.731 on the last lap of the session, the only other racer to get under 1:55. ԉ did a decent time, I guessةf I couldӶe got a tow, maybe I couldӶe gone a little better, but weӲe on the front row. IӬl take it,Ԡthe 18-year-old Kentucky native said.
Doug Chandler qualified fourth fastest at 1:55.045, earning the final spot on the front row for tomorrowӳ 18-lap, 100-kilometer final. Last yearӳ 600 class winner, Miguel Duhamel, was fifth fastest at 1:55.249, despite a suspected pinched nerve in his neck suffered during yesterdayӳ practice when the wind caught his head while sneaking a peek back. Duhamel underwent chiropractic adjustments last night and this morning to try to reduce pain and regain movement, and he also resorted to a neck brace taped to his leathers for 600 qualifying. Erion Racingӳ Josh Hayes turned a 1:55.294, the sixth-fastest time.
Including pole position for this yearӳ race, Honda CBR600F4s filled four of the top six qualifying positions.
Daytona 600 SuperSport, Top Qualifiers
1. Kurtis Roberts؈ondaױ:54.147