August 20, 2009


Motorbikes should leave me cold. Especially one with all its engineering on display. So why am I suddenly feeling all animal and hoping I look good in leather, wonders SpaceTM's Mark...

Because of the P120 Combat Edition Fighter, designed by Confederate. Obviously the fact it's built out of aircraft grade aluminium helps. If it had airbrushed flames curling around a 70's Heavy Metal band's logo then it would be a different story. Even so, should a minimalist really be turned on by the mass of exposed internal engineering? Surely a smooth aerodynamic shell would finish it off perfectly?

Usually I would think so. Yet the sheer guts of exposing its, well... sheer guts seems to have unleashed the Hulk trapped below the surface of the restrained minimalist. Such a complex Meccano project somehow appeals to the primal. The idea that such a bleeding-edge piece of tech can reach back through layers of time and manners and enrage my basic caveman feels really exciting and a little scary. Should I start hunting my own food?

And if you think my reaction to this piece of machinery is a little, erm... passionate, then read the manufacturers description below. They are actually allowed beat their chests as they are the cavemen who built it. If you are shocked by engineering porn then look away now:

'The Fighter clarifies opaqueness and nullifies hype with straight-forward true to concept certitude. At the source is a classic right triangle. Proportion is classically derived. Scale is middle way. Bearing exudes structural permanence. Human integration deploys yang energy, vitality, and power in the most simple, pure and direct form. Geometry is optimized for the medium and/or long disciplined journey of sensory heightened motion. Torque to weight is maximized. Engine, suspension and ergonomic luxury and ease of use is optimized. Materials utilization is the finest. Individual piece and component specification is highest and best. Craft preparation and specification is uncompromised. The aesthetic is fresh, industrial, sculptural, holistic and honest. The saddle of the Fighter is your place for those outings which require extended time, geography, meditation and distance.'

The P120 Combat Edition Fighter is a limited edition of 120.

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