Sunday, 7 November 2010

1:1 Akira Bike

On of my really big Manga heros Shōtarō Kaneda’s motorcycles have actually been fabricated in 1:1 size by Japanese custom motorcycle shop WhiteHouse. How cool is that?!?

It was built on order from Streamline Pictures/Kodansha, all the folks on the AKIRA Committee, as a promo for the film's opening in theatres way back in the summer of 1988. But where is this bike now? I want one to cruse the streets of Copenhagen, pop some capsules, and beat up the Joker and all the other clowns if they come my way!

The future of Café Racers has already been shown in this Manga Masterwork, and if you have not read all the volumes in this series you have something to look forward to.

Happy reading.


House Rockers CB750

House Rockers from Saitama Japan (just outside Tokyo), put together some very nicely made Honda CB750s, called GooBikes.

The engine is fitted with bigger Wiseco pistons, taking it to 836cc, the frame reinforced in 13 places and aluminium and other lightweight alloy parts have replaced numerous of the steel originals – from the oil and fuel tanks to the battery box.

Priced at 3,500,000 yen or $40,000, they're street legal and look hot! Yes yes yes it is pricey, but there's a lot of work and a lot of high end parts like a Kayaba fork, Brembo front brakes, forged race crank and cam, Yoshimura carburettors, and Ohlins rear suspension.

Not bad for a 40 year old motorcycle!