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?