Anyone who saw the 2008 Batman movie 'The Dark Knight'
couldn't have failed to notice the crazy motorcycle thingy
called the Batpod.
The Batpod was designed to fit inside Batman's other ride,
the Tumbler, and be used
as an escape vehicle - or additional means of transport
if the Tumbler was damaged beyond repair. The Batpod was
an insane creation, and it featured a number of unusual
ideas. Firstly the rider lies belly down on the bike.
Secondly it was steered by an unusual system which eschewed
normal handlebars for weird independent handles mounted
almost vertically. And thirdly it bristled with machine
guns, grappling hooks and cannons.
One man who saw the movie, Pankaj Shah, liked the Batpod
so much he commissioned the custom bike gurus at Chopper
City USA to build him one he could ride around town. And
so the PS-Pod was born.
Of course there were a few features of the Batpod which
had to be tamed down for a vehicle which could be ridden
on the street. Obviously none of the weaponry is functional,
and the seating position was also altered. Instead of
lying face down like on the Batpod, the PS-Pod's rider
sits in a manner more similar to a chopper bike rider
- far more practical and you won't look like an idiot
when stopped at the traffic lights.
The PS-Pod was constructed using all metal bodywork, no
fiberglass was used at all. Mounted within the custom
made frame is the drivetrain from an Aprilia
Mana 850. The bikes builder, Dave Welch, bought the
Aprillia brand-new, and then proceeded to strip it down
for its parts.
The massive 18"x13" wheels of the PS-Pod were
custom made for the bike. The rims were specially machined,
and each has five Batman logos cut into their center.
Thanks to Chris for the tip.
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