What was the coolest thing about Tron? If you said anything other than the Light Cycle races, you’re wrong! Those screaming machines of hard-turning de-rezzification that gave the film its most intense sequence are where it’s at, kids, and if you’ve got some spare cash lying around and time for a quick trip to Florida, you might be able to own one of your very own.
The Parker Brothers bike is actually modeled after the new-look Light Cycles in the upcoming Tron: Legacy rather than the covered classics from the original movie. Not that this is a “real” Light Cycle, since in reality they were virtual, but it sure does look the part. “We basically used the images we could get off the web in order to make the bike,” said Jeff Halverson of Parker Brothers Choppers. “Keep in mind, no one ever made this bike before.”
It doesn’t look terribly comfortable, or terribly maneuverable for that matter, although Halverson claimed it rides like any sportbike. But who cares? It’s cool as hell, in that unique Tron-chic style, with a steel frame and fiberglass body, a Suzuki TLR1000 V-Twin engine, custom-made drum brakes and a choice between standard gauges or an iPad dock that allows all the relevant info to be displayed on the iPad’s screen. (Really, is there any choice there at all?)
It’s also not cheap. If you want to be seen running down the highway on one of these babies, it’ll cost you a cool 55 grand. But you better hurry, because price tag be damned, they’re selling fast: Parker Brothers built ten of these beasts and at last count, only four were unclaimed.