When Parker Brothers Choppers first constructed a real-life version of the Tron Light Cycle, it was powered by a 1,000cc V-twin out of a Suzuki TL. While they had the futuristic look nailed, the din from the dino juice burner was so very 20th century. Luckily they came to their senses and tried again with an electric drivetrain and built a more authentic-sounding, smoother-riding machine.
It seems they've taken a shine to this whole electric thing, because their latest project, the Detonator, is going to be battery-powered too. With some help from their friends at Evolve Electric Motorcycles, the shop has produced this 11.5-foot-long – yet somehow drivable – head spinner. The design appears to be inspired by a concept called the Cosmic Motors Detonator by artist Daniel Simon, but Simon's website sports a disclaimer denying his involvement or authorization of the design.
The Detonator uses a pair of 96 Volt motors hidden away in the hub of the 27-inch rear wheel for propulsion. The range is given as 80 to 100 miles with the energy stored in a lithium-ion battery pack. It's been bench-tested to 120 miles per hour, though if you shell out the $100,000 necessary to purchase your own example, we suggest staying within the legal road limits. According to operations manager Jeff Halverston, "It's not the easiest bike to ride..." We'll take his word for it.