The Confederate Hellcat and Other Minimal Configurations

I've been looking for a reason to use this picture of the Confederate HellCat for a while, now. A souped-up Harley engine in a radical sportbike chassis. Makes you want to run into the garage and roll around in dirty oil rags, doesn't it?

Here's another minimal configuration:

Recommendations for Creating Reduced or Minimal Oracle Solaris Configurations

Some sites use OS minimization to reduce the security footprint of their Oracle Solaris installations. Others do it to reduce the administrative burden of patching and updating software. But minimization has both risks and benefits. Glenn Brunette provides his recommendations for mitigating the risks and reaping the benefits. Covers initial installation, package removal, patching, and what to watch out for. Applies to Oracle Solaris 10 and prior releases.

And since we're talking about simplification, this article might also be apropos (that's French for "I like American beer"):

How I Simplified the Installation of Oracle Database on Oracle Linux

Ginny Henningsen describes how she simplified the installation of Oracle Database 11g by automatically pre-configuring Oracle Linux with the required software packages and correct kernel parameters. Hint: using the "oracle-validated " RPM package.

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It does NOT carry a "souped-up harley engine", they carry either S&S, Merch or Patrick Racing V-twin engines of various sizes which are engineered, blueprinted, and built much better than HD could ever do. Even mentioning this Hellcat is even remotely related to the junk from Milwaukee is an insult to Confederate and the Hellcat. The chassis also is NOT a sportbike design, it is based on Cruisers, this is why it has a very low ground clearance and does not turn like sportbikes.

You may be intelligent and have a lot of knowledge about various things, but knowledge of motorcycles is not one of those things.

Posted by guest on December 19, 2011 at 07:13 AM MST #

Guest,

You are right.

I lie face down in the Gutter of Remorse, draped in the Flag of Contrition, clutching the Burrito of Regret.

Alas, in my haste I generalized the American V-Twin on the Hellcat as a "Harley" engine, instead of being more precise. Would I cause further offense by referring to the category as American V-Twin engines? It is an improvement, don't you think, since they used to be called Harley-compatible engines.

About a dozen years ago, when I started to learn about the very cool engines that S&S was manufacturing, many of them derived from original Harley designs, I also discovered other small manufacturers of American V-Twin engines. It was a great time for custom bike builders and custom engine builders. A true golden age. Personally, I liked TP Engineering's engines and dreamt of building myself a custom bike powered by one. I just wasn't able to afford them.

Because I am aware of these small manufacturers (not that S&S is small any more), my sloppiness is, as you suggest, an unforgivable sin. I should be soundly beaten. Since it's difficult to find someone to give you a beating in our litigious society, I will, instead, sleep on the floor of my garage for a week, covered only in sackcloth and ashes.

I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive my egregious offense.

Rick

Posted by Rick Ramsey on December 19, 2011 at 07:47 AM MST #

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