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I'd prefer to see "shaft drive" - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
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I'd prefer to see "shaft drive"
... but I accept this is at least very cool looking. Still anything this modern looking really ought to be shaft-driven and **not** involve THREE drive chains. For that matter I think common mirrors ought to be replaced with auto dimming LCD, or better yet camera driven displays, but of course what should I expect from a motorycycle designed only to imitate an anime object.


News for nerds writes "At Tokyo Motorcycle Show in Japan (2/3/4 Apr.), the official licensed model of the motorcycle in the anime movie Akira (poster) is displayed. This Kaneda bike is not a mere replica, but a full working model (more pics at ITmedia) with twin-steering system and 249-998cc water-cooled 4-cycle engine, and on its cockpit is DVD-navi-system + trackball & ten-key + custom computer-controlled LED meters - all licenced by the author and the publisher of Akira. Though at the show only miniature figures are sold and real price or release date is unclear, you can check out the manufacturer's website for later info."
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keith_m043 From: keith_m043 Date: April 4th, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you on the esthetic level, but if he were to do the shaft drive thing, he'd need a custom transmission for the engine and, since universal joints don't make bends as sharp as those in that cycle, you'd need two extra gear boxes. This adds up to a lot of extra work on stuff that doesn't ordinarily show and an extra hundred pounds or so of unnecesary crap built into your cycle.

Of course what the cycle really needs is room temperature superconducting motors and a Mr Fusion reactor ^_^ .
fixx From: fixx Date: April 4th, 2004 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Custom transmission? Why?? I would assume that engine is simply an engine off a standard water cooled bike with chain drive, so all this would need would be to use another standard water cooled engine off another bike with shaft drive. As for the "bends" I admit that would require some creativity, most likely involving additional motorcycle drive shaft legs, and I admit that might not even be as easy as it sounds, not that it sounds easy even now.

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