Anime Bike Turns Reality – Blackbird Automotive Journal
The 1988 Japanese animated film Akira, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo and based on his manga of the same name, has long become one of the popular cult films depicting a futuristic dystopian world. Besides the overall theme, many elements of the film have caught the eyes of the fans. For example, the protagonist Shotaro Kaneda’s bright red motorbike is a cult of its own, and can be seen in Steven Spielberg’s film Ready Player One and Cyberpunk 2077 video game. Barcelona-based creative studio Bel & Bel has recreated a working prototype of Kaneda’s bike, and will soon put it into production.
Bel & Bel has faithfully turned Kaneda’s motorbike into reality. It rides on neon light tyres and has a split-open body, and has all the stickers including Canon, Citizen, Shoei, Arai and more on it. Technically, the prototype features a modified chassis from a Yamaha Majesty YP 250 scooter and a swingarm from a Honda VFR 800, and the body panels are made of fibreglass and carbon fibre. While the prototype is equipped with a 1,000 W electric motor driving the front wheel and a 250 cc Yamaha engine at the rear, the final production model is intended to be fully electric.
Bel & Bel is currently finalising the specifications and other details for the Akira bike. However, enthusiasts can now secure an example of this remarkable piece by placing a pre-order with a deposit of 5,000 Euros. The introductory price for this exclusive, limited commissioned production commences at 24,000 Euros.
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