Real-life electric Tron light cycle set for auction


The film Tron: Legacy inspired an equal mix of hatred and love. While haters expressed disappointment with the film’s sluggish plot line and poorly written dialogue, others admired the film’s sleek, futuristic landscape and its cool, understated take on Flynn’s digital underworld and its rogue ISOs. Disagreement aside, we can all agree that the film’s soundtrack and redesigned light cycles are unquestionably bad ass.

The sheer awesomeness of Tron’s light cycle has even inspired the production of real-life replicas, one of which has just been scheduled for auction at RM Sotheby’s on May 2 in good ole’ Texas. This version of the Tron light cycle is expected to sell between US$25,000 and $40,000.

Custom built for the Andrews Collection in 2011, this latest light cycle replica is fully functional and has been zoomed around aplenty in the Andrews facilities. Ah, sweet sweet jealousy.

We want to get down to a smaller number of cars – perhaps 15 to 20 – that we very much enjoy driving and that we can use on events with the family. There are a number of events we’d still like to try overseas and here in the United States, and in order to do that, we need to focus on a more manageable collection.Chris Andrews, artist and businessman

Tron light cycle specs

This bike is in “as-new condition” and features a 96 Volt direct-drive electric motor with a lithium ion battery pack and a throttle that is computer controlled. Other goodies include “rebound and compression damping with spring-preload front suspension and rigid rear suspension and front and rear hydraulic brakes.” It also has a seat height of 28.5 inches.

Okay, so how fast is this so-called Tron light cycle replica?

According to its owners, the Tron light cycle is capable of speeds “in excess of 100 mph” with a range of 100 miles on a single charge. Best of all, recharging the bike’s lithium battery pack only takes 35 minutes.

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