Suggested retail prices range from $34,995 for the base WildCat to $54,995 for the WildCat 427X, according to the February 2009 edition of the AMA Black Book.
Ben Daniels founded Sabertooth Motorcycles in late 2005 in Greer, S.C. The company started selling carbureted versions of the WildCat in 2007. A representative for the company tells Dealernews via e-mail that in 2008 the company sold fewer than 40 bikes in the U.S. and Europe combined.
Last September, Sabertooth moved from its 25,000 sq. ft. building to a 20,000 sq. ft. one in Piedmont. “The original facility was a converted warehouse that was OK for design and prototyping, but presented a number of challenges for full-scale production,” the rep says. “The new site was designed as a manufacturing facility and is more suited to our current needs and will better sustain us as we grow.”
Right now the company has 10 employees. At one point it also had at least four dealers. In fact, at the time of this story’s posting, they are still listed on the company’s outdated website at www.sabertoothmotorcycles.com. When we ask about the number of dealers now, the Sabertooth rep responds, “Our current dealers have all been negatively affected by the downturn in the economy and the bankruptcy of American IronHorse. We are currently evaluating several potential new dealers and hope to announce our current dealer list soon. Additionally, we are actively looking to build our dealer network throughout the country and are offering incentives to qualified candidates.”
The WildCat 427X
The Sabertooth website advertises retail financing through HSBC, but this refers to the bank’s old Rev Charger program, which ended many months ago. The rep says the company is talking to three different finance companies, and hopes to offer financing soon. The rep also says Sabertooth will launch a new website in three to five weeks.
Sabertooth does not yet sell to California, though it claims to be in the final stages of obtaining CARB approval.
The company says it has product liability insurance for $2 million.
The standard initial order for dealers is three to five motorcycles. “Depending on the dealer’s plan, however, we may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis,” the company rep says.