Five years ago, if we were asked to describe the stereotypical café racer it would probably be a Honda CB. Today, the mental picture is more likely to be a Yamaha Virago.For the last twenty years of the 20th century, the XV series was a somewhat nondescript V-twin cruiser. But it’s now the platform of choice for many builders in the USA and Europe—popularized by groundbreaking customs from workshops like Classified Moto and Greg Hageman.
At a light 475 pounds, the X132 Hellcat is as striking to look at as it is to ride. With a 2,200 CC V-twin engine in an engine case made from just two blocks of billet 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. Not only does this make it exceptionally light but more solid than most any engine ever made for a motorcycle. At a cost of $45,000 it may only be for the most loyal of motorcycle enthusiasts.