Fellow geeks of my own age will remember the original TRON movie with a great deal of fondness, and if they are anything like me, will be itching to see the new TRON:Legacy movie, which is hitting cinemas about now.
I watched the original TRON again just the other day, and was pleasantly surprised at how well the effects have held up over the intervening 28 years – the abstract, high concept graphics force you to take them on their own terms.
Without doubt the highlight of the original were the amazing lightcycles, which streaked across the computer grid in a beautiful and deadly race.
They appear again in Legacy, and now, for the right price, you can get your very own.
That price being $55,000. And you’ll have to go and get it from Florida.
Parker Brothers Choppers have taken the awesome V-Twin engine from a Suzuki TL1000R and mounted it into a steel and fibreglass body which faithfully recreates the lightcycle aesthetic. It even required an innovative braking system to maintain the look.
According to the makers the ride is comparable to any other sportsbike, although your posture is very much ‘superman’.
In keeping with the futuristic theme, you can opt to have your instrumentation displayed via an iPad docked into the bike.