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Electric Tron Lightcycle Hits the Streets 113

Posted by samzenpus
from the master-control's-new-wheels dept.
cylonlover writes "Practicality tends to take a back seat when you combine sci-fi cult status with custom chopper building — and there's no room for a pillion passenger on the Lightcycle. We first spied Parker Brothers Choppers Lightcycle project last year when it surfaced in gas-powered form, now the company has released video of a fully-electric version of the neon-packing two-wheeler in action. The electric motor may be quieter, but this one's still guaranteed to turn heads."

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Electric Tron Lightcycle Hits the Streets

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  • Re:Ugh... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by GameboyRMH (1153867) <{moc.liamg} {ta} {hmryobemag}> on Thursday September 22, 2011 @12:03PM (#37480984) Journal

    Yeah, looks awesome, but it's even more of a bling-toy than the average chopper.

    Horrific riding position, little to no suspension travel, and if it has a decent-performing electric powertrain, it'll cost a fortune.

    Here's how I would have done it:

    1. Make it more practical. Try to massage the seating position into a more regular sportbike style. Yes it won't be 100% accurate but who needs that. You can put surprisingly wide wheels on a sportbike before the handling starts to really suffer.

    2. Put a 600cc engine on it with a noisy-ass supercharger. Maybe make it gear-driven for more gear whine. It will sound sufficiently alien that people who hear it will think "WTF is that?" and it will have WAY more than enough power to haul around any extra weight.

    3. At the rear, have a vertical stack of powerful LEDs, and add a sprinkler system in the back that releases a heavy, vertical line-shaped mist. This way you can hit a button to lay down a "light trail" :D A laser projection system like those fancy bike safety things could be used to lay down a line on the ground behind the bike too.

    4. Get appropriately lit riding gear B-)

  • by jamrock (863246) on Thursday September 22, 2011 @12:42PM (#37481500)
    The Tron bike is pretty cool, but impractical. The Peraves Monotracer [youtube.com] is a Swiss-built cabin motorcycle which is not only practical, it has to be one of the coolest vehicles ever produced (video in German). The electric version, the E-Tracer [youtube.com], which boasts a top speed of 200 mph, an average equivalent fuel consumption of 203 mpg, won the Progressive Automotive X Prize for electric vehicles. Now if only I could afford one...

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