Building a Working Replica of Kaneda’s Motorcycle from Akira #cyberpunk

There are few vehicles of cyberpunk more iconic than Kaneda’s motorcycle from the 1988 Japanese anime masterpiece, Akira.

According to a piece on Comics Resources, a Japanese maker named Ayoto is building a working replica of the bike.

The new project comes from Japanese YouTuber and motorcycle enthusiast Ayato. The builder, who is also known by their YouTube screenname Teruteru Boizu, began the project about six months ago. The impressive replica began as an old junk bike, which the YouTuber stripped down to just its frame, engine and tires. Ayato then fabricated a new shell to recreate the look of Kaneda’s ride, and built a custom suspension to ensure that bike looked and rode like its anime and manga counterpart. The latest video shows how they added LED lighting to its wheels, recreating the futuristic glow of bike. While the replica is still incomplete and lacks the motorcycle’s distinct red paint and corporate branding, it is already a very impressive recreation of what may be the most famous bike in anime and manga history.

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Ayato has a build mix on YouTube. It’s in Japanese, but the auto-translate is pretty decent.

[Via Boing Boing]


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