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The Evolution of The Batman Batcycle

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The BatcycleBatbladeBatpod, or what we like to call the Batmobile, is the Caped Crusader’s personal motorcycle. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill bikes as they are highly modified and custom-built to fit the needs of Batman and the Batfamily. You will most famously see him cruising alone or with his sidekick Robin.

These modifications include big engines, pivotable tires, bulletproof housing, and loads of other fancy features. When you assemble all of them, you get a package that Floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. The more modern versions of the vehicle contain all of the gadgets you can imagine.

The Batcycle is often not featured in movies due to how much people love the Batmobile. The larger vehicle is much more loved and more of a standard transportation mode for the Caped Crusader.

The Batcycle (1966)

The Batcycle made its first appearance in 1966 in the Batman TV series. It was a 1965 Harley Davidson with an attached sidecar, but it was taken on lease and was only used in the first season.

The first Batcycle made a huge impression, and it became a fan favorite. Many people wanted to be a robin and ride on the side of a bike. Even though it only lasted one season, producers knew they had to bring it back.

Specifications

Engine type:V2, four-stroke
Engine details:45-degree V-twin
Power:55.0 HP (40.1 KW)) @ 6300 RPM
Top speed:185.1 km/h (115.0 mph)

Later that year, a new Batcycle was introduced. It was produced by Kustomotive, conceived by Dan Dempski, designed by Tom Daniel, and was built in five days by Dan and Korky Korkes using a Yamaha Catalina 250. This Batcycle became the one that was used consistently throughout the rest of the show.

The only issue with this Batcycle is that, like the show, it did not strike fear into anyone. The 60s were different times, and you could not make a show that was as dark as the modern Batman. Regardless, it has been amazing to see how iconic this bike became from such a fun-loving version of Batman.

Specifications

Engine type:Twin, two-stroke
Power:24.0 HP (17.5 kW)) @ 7500 RPM
Top speed:132.0 km/h (82.0 mph)

The bike was allegedly leased to 20th Century Fox by Kustomotive for a startling $50 a week. It was first seen in the (1966) Batman movie and afterward used in the TV series.

The Batblade (1997)

The Batblade made its first appearance back in the movie Batman and Robin (1997). It was the personal transport vehicle that the batgirl used to travel around Gotham.

The Batblade was a version of the Batcycle that clearly matched the world it was designed for. Instead of making black the main colors, the theme features a lot of silver. Like the Batsuits from this movie and many other flashy elements from the movie, the Batcycle was no different.

The idea was to make suits and vehicles that could withstand the cold world that Mr. Freeze created in Gotham. No one is sure why it could not have been done in black because the silver was pretty ugly.

Specifications:

Engine type:Single cylinder, four-stroke
Power:48.0 HP (35.0 kW))
Torque:57.0 Nm (5.8 kgf-m or 42.0 ft.lbs)
Top speed:165.0 km/h (102.5 mph)

The Batpod (2008)

Batman first used the Batpod to escape from the Tumbler after being critically damaged by an RPG round fired by the joker. He then used the Batpod to pursue Joker, eventually crashing the Semi truck he was driving. To do this, the version of the Batcycle was able to shoot out cables that highlighted that the Batpod was both nimble and powerful.

Engine type:Single cylinder, four-stroke
Power:51.4 HP (37.5 kW)) @ 8500 RPM
Torque:47.7 Nm (4.9 kgf-m or 35.2 ft.lbs) @ 6500 RPM
Top speed:170.0 km/h (105.6 mph)

The Batpod ejects out of the Tumbler’s front end, with the Tumbler’s front wheels becoming the Batpod’s front and rear wheels. Because the Tumbler is ordered to Self-destruct, the Batpod allows Batman to continue his pursuit. For the film, the bike is also armed with grappling hooks, cannons, and machine guns.

One of the coolest things about this Batcycle is how it could roll sideways by allowing its wheels to roll over each other, unlike other bikes. It’s easily one of the coolest features ever added to the vehicle.

Batcycle Replicas

We thought you might be interested in buying a replica of the Batmobile. You may not be able to build yourself a real Batcycle, but don’t let that stop you. You can still have models, toys, and Lego sets that get the job done for you.

The Batpod

You can get a model of the Batpod with Catwoman riding on it from Dark Knight Rises. One of the coolest things about this model is how accurate it is to the real thing. It captures all of the nitty-gritty details to make you feel like you’re in the movie.

Moebius The Dark Knight Rises: Batpod with Catwoman 1:18 Model Kit
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Batman The Animated Series Batcycle

The animated series will always be one of the most legendary cartoon series ever made. The series came on the heels of the 1989 Batman and Batman Returns, where everyone was riding high on the Batman wave, and the show did not disappoint.

Batman, the Animated series, had one of the unique bikes that Batman has ever had. It was different because it was like a sleek and much more futuristic version of the bike.

DC Collectibles Batman The Animated Series: Batcycle & Batman Action Figure Set
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Mr. Freeze Batcycle Battle

Batman has some of the best Lego sets you will find, and this one does not disappoint. You get a new version of the Batcycle, and Gotham City covered in ice from Mr. Freeze.

LEGO DC Batman Mr. Freeze Batcycle Battle 76118 Building Kit (200 Pieces)
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FInal Thoughts On The Evolution of The Batcycle

The Batcycle is one of Batman’s most dangerous vehicles because of its versatility. Maybe the Batmobile looks cooler, but it cant get in tight spaces, and it cannot accelerate as this vehicle can.

The Batcycle can weave in and out of traffic to keep any chase going strong. As the vehicle progressed through the years, it only became stronger and more versatile.