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Akira Motorcycle
Inspired by Kaneda's bike from the movie "Akira".
About this creation


The main creation is the orange bike. As styling and technique goes it's inspired by Kaneda's bike from the movie "Akira", however, it has some definite differences and improvements. I've included a version that's styled to look like Kaneda's bike, but not a 100% replica.



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   The main model. It's quite small for all it's functionality, and perfectly seats a technic figure.



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   An animated GIF showing the suspension, front and back.



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   An animated GIF showing the steering. The wheel can steer about 22 degrees to the left and 22 to the right. While not that much, it's a definite improvement over Kaneda's bike, where the front wheel steered in an almost horizontal axis. (resulting in a truly massive turning circle, if doing anything at all.)



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   The akira version of the bike...

Should I upload a bigger version of this picture, too? If so, which resolution? Please let me know.



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   As shown on the original cover of the DVD/VHS/movie poster of the Akira movie.



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   It doesn't get much more streamlined than this.



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   I picked orange as a color since I propably won't be using the panel fairings anywhere else, and I still had an orange technic fig lying around.



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   The rear wheel is only supported on one side, but it still works like a charm.



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   There are plenty more pictures of this bike in the brickshelf folder, and since I don't think I'll be able to give commentary on each and every single one of them you're just going to have to look at them there.



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   The Akira bike is outfitted with those nifty glow-in-the-dark disks, which happen to look exactly like the dsks on Kaneda's bike. The rear lights and the background are photoshopped, but the disks aren't.



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   As I don't have a technic fig with a red torso ( I photoshopped the fig on the movie poster) you're going to have to do with this guy.



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   There only being one rear wheel support (whatever you folks call 'em these days) is also a feature sto-, I mean, inspired by Kaneda's bike.



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   The disk on this side actually doesn't come in red, so I took a blue one and photoshopped it.



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   The frame without all the decorations. The steering is actuated with the joystick in the middle, which steers the front wheel. The two 8-tooth gears are there to make sure that when you steer to the right, you actually go to the right.



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   Anyone who's ever photographed black Lego creations knows how hard it is to get right. I used lots of indirect lighting, and practically surrounded the bike with white paper. (The black parts reflect the paper and, with a bit of luck, show up right.)



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   I really like the chopper look of the bare chassis. It could be a model all on it's own.



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   It was quite hard to come up with a way to make the steering work with the suspension, but this works like a charm. it uses a flex axle which slides through the hole of the #1 angle connector as the front suspension is bumped.



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   The bike after a mismanagement with a brick wall. The part near the rear wheel is used in the suspension, you can see it here: http://peeron.com/inv/parts/x928cx1

There's two of them here. What the part does is simple: an axle goes through and the part allows it to rotate 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise, and there's a spring inside that turns the axle back to it's original position. The spring is quite powerful.

You can also build the bike if you don't have this part, but then you'll need to build your own suspension or go without it.



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   A 1280 x 960 wallpaper of my bikes. As you can see, swapping colors and styles is really easy. The back and gold colored ones are photoshopped, though.



Comments

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  March 6, 2012
I loved that movie. Great work on the bike. Good work on the technical functions. 5/5
  March 5, 2012
Way cool renditions of this classic ride. - And articulated, too? - Great job! - Huss Q.
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  November 4, 2010
These bikes are fantastic and these creations deserve more comments!
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  November 4, 2010
This brikes are fantastic and this creations deserve more comments !
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  July 21, 2009
That is really cool! And, to the guy below me, they are the minifigs for the Technic line. They are my personal favorites of all the minifigs.
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  May 23, 2009
Very cool, nice job with the Photoshop. I got the Adobe Photoshop and I'm still trying to figure it all out.
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  May 23, 2009
wow to fit these features in this small of a package it is cool and I think for scale very good I think I may try and build this just my own version cool man
  May 23, 2009
it's not a video but a .gif photo. btw great bike.
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  May 23, 2009
Awsome job! How did you put in a video?
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  May 23, 2009
Quite good, love that bike! Your model is great.
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  May 23, 2009
wow this is so cool
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  May 23, 2009
Wow, great work! how did you get the movie please tell me. It turns cool!
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  May 23, 2009
Great job. I like its flexibility. And LOVE the movie!
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  May 23, 2009
So cool...
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  May 23, 2009
nice, well done on motd
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  April 24, 2008
i used to have the akira figures but i accidentally lost them.
 
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