Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Batpod: motorcycles design frontiers!

The batpod is Batman's new bike! Will be ridden by the superhero in "The Dark Knight", sequel of the saga, to be released in 2008.
Actual creator of the piece is Nathan Crowley, also designer of the Batmobile for "Batman Begins."
French Jean-Pierre Goy, is the lucky stunt rider who's spent the last months testing it at some top-secret location in England.

"Goy is the only person who's ridden the new Batpod — a bike so outrageous it's hard to believe it was even built. It's not just because it's tricked out with grappling hooks, cannons and machine guns. The front and rear tires are both a monstrously huge 508 millimeters [it seems the belonged to an aircraft] , and the engines are in the hubs of each wheel. Steering isn't by hand but by shoulder, since there aren't handlebars. Instead, there are shields that fit each arm like sleeves and have the ability to rotate around the bike's frame. The two foot pegs are set 3 1/2 feet apart on either side of the tank, which the rider lies on, belly down. That tank also moves up and down — you know, in case Batman needs to dodge bullets or slide under semis." L.A. Times

Wish for a ride?