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.


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      fly by wireless
      • 3 Months Ago
      Considering that the moving fat tire is your seatback, this gives new meaning to the phrase "A$$ chewed out."
      Timo
      • 3 Months Ago
      I'm not entirely sure that is a real bike. Check this out: http://danielsimon.com/cosmic-motors-detonator/
      Timo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks odd, but I guess that's the point of the vehicle. A question: where do you sit on that thing? If you can't sit anywhere and there are no decent leg rests, then that "It's not the easiest bike to ride..." is an understatement.
        Ryan
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Timo
        The seat is right in front of the back tire (don't lean back), and the silver footposts are under the handlebars. Still, I'll quote Neil: "It is sad to see that we spend time and money designing and building a useless piece of junk like this, when we desperately need real, practical, affordable, and uber-efficient transportation. By the way -- why the heck is this on the "green" news page?" It is electric, but there is a better, more practical,' normal' design for everyday use. Actually, it's the front fork that is the only problem with this bike. What is that? It makes the bike too long, hard to steer, and look weird. If they moved the front tire back, and put a normal fork on it, it would be very cool.
      Neil Blanchard
      • 3 Months Ago
      It is sad to see that we spend time and money designing and building a useless piece of junk like this, when we desperately need real, practical, affordable, and uber-efficient transportation. By the way -- why the heck is this on the "green" news page? Neil
        Smooth Motor
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        I think you need more fiber in your diet.............
        Ele Truk
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Neil Blanchard
        What something like this does is encourage others to see that with electric drive, you aren't limited to the standard design envelope. So far, everybody has pretty much stuck with designing inside the box, this cuts a few holes in the box.
      Stuart
      • 3 Years Ago
      what a monstrosity, i suppose someone would ride it , but would it actually handle?
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Months Ago
      I suppose it's art but not good design. the exposed rear tire vanishing directly behind the seat seems extremely dangerous if something gets pinched.
        Chris M
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        What seat? It looks like the rider grabs the the handles and puts their feet on the foot-pegs, hangs on and hopes their rear end doesn't meet the rear wheel. Come to think of it, which end is the rear? It's not at all obvious.