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What Would Batman Ride?

By December 11, 2007

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Batman Batpod

Something indescribably badass, apparently. The Warner Bros. publicity department recently released this action shot, which reveals Batman leaning the Batpod's ginormous donut-shaped wheels into a turn. The bike, created by Morgan Freeman's character Lucius Fox, boasts a skeletal structure that looks somewhat like a stripped down Dodge Tomahawk.

Batman Batpod

Shots of the two-wheeled Batpod from the forthcoming film The Dark Knight first appeared about six months ago in the LA Times, around the time that Meredith Viera nearly pulled a crotch muscle trying to dismount the ergonomically awkward machine. Susan Carpenter of the Times described the bike with "engines [in] the hubs of each wheel... there are shields that fit each arm like sleeves and have the ability to rotate around the bike's frame. The two foot pegs are set 3 1/2 feet apart on either side of the tank, which the rider lies on, belly down."

Batman's relationship to his futuristic steed is described in the film with the line "He doesn't choose it, he requires it." It's a feeling any rider understands well.

Photos Warner Bros; click to enlarge

Comments
December 11, 2007 at 10:02 am
(1) Scottie says:

I like it, however it would take all of my 220 lbs. and then some to take it into a curve since it can stand upright on its own.

December 11, 2007 at 11:34 am
(2) Scottie says:

Meredith is a bit injury prone. Last year when Will Ferrell was pormoting Blades of Glory, she smacked her head on the ice at Rock Ctr.

December 11, 2007 at 1:16 pm
(3) motorcycles says:

Scottie,

She does clumsy well… she manages to make it cute.

Basem

December 11, 2007 at 2:51 pm
(4) christine says:

Hey, that looks like the bike that they used in the Batman movie – (it was being filmed in Chicago, and we saw it parked on the set)

December 11, 2007 at 5:28 pm
(5) busfreak says:

The should of just gave him one of those new Victory baggers. They just scream Batman.

December 11, 2007 at 5:58 pm
(6) Pete says:

That’s not a motorcycle…….

December 12, 2007 at 11:24 am
(7) Frank says:

Just looks plain stupid to me…

December 12, 2007 at 2:06 pm
(8) Daniel Ryder says:

Awesome coverage of the subject!

August 31, 2008 at 1:35 am
(9) Bernie says:

I saw on Taiwan TV that Jay Chow buy one lol at Taipei. cool

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