The Tron Light Cycle – It’s real

Ever since I watched the very first ad for TRON, I knew I wanted a Light Cycle of my own. 2010’s TRON: Legacy only planted that desire deeper in my subconscious. Unfortunately, neither my subconscious nor I is a multi-millionaire, so I greet the news that you can now buy a TRON: Legacy style Light Cycle with mixed feelings. Sure, it’s the coolest thing on the planet, but at $55,000 price tag on Hammacher Schlemmer is just a bit too rich for my budget.

This is the illuminated, street-legal motorcycle inspired by the computer animated cycle from the 2010 film Tron: Legacy. Designed for casual cruising and slow ride-bys at shows, it is made from a steel frame covered by a fiberglass cowling that replicates the sleek look of its computer-generated imagery counterpart. Electroluminescent strips built into the tire cowlings, wheel rims, and body illuminate the cycle. It is powered by a fuel-injected Suzuki 996cc, 4-stroke engine. Riders lay at a near-horizontal position astride the padded leather seat, with feet on foot pegs that control its 6-speed constant mesh manual transmission and hands on the handlebars for throttle and braking. The hubless wheels are former truck tires built up then custom-shaped to fit onto one of two counter-rotating rims spinning within each other, providing the broad-tired authenticity of the computer cycles from the movie. A chain-driven friction drum manages acceleration and braking from the handlebars.

If that price-tag doesn’t make you blink, could you get a matching pair and let me ride one?

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8 Responses to The Tron Light Cycle – It’s real

  1. Ceronomus says:

    The company originally making these sold them for $35k, and there were only four with a promise to make no more of them, so as to preserve the collectable value. Nice huh?

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  8. Andrew says:

    The center of gravity / riding position is so low I’d be constantly worried about dumping it. Even with the wide tires, with the body in that low position you’d have pretty much no hope of keeping it upright except at speed.

    With that said, of course I’d love to ride one.

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