Lot 346 - 'The Batcycle' 1967 250 YDS5E
|Estimate||£15,000 - £20,000|
One of the most phenomenally successful television to come over from the US is, of course, 'Batman'. One of the interesting aspects of this show is the unusual and exciting vehicles used in the pursuit of deadly evil criminals. From the Batcave emerges a Batcar, a Batcopter and, inevitably, a Batcycle. Batman's bike was originally based on a 1965 Harley-Davidson but, after the first season, was changed to what we now know as the Batcycle, the Yamaha Catalina 250 YDS 5E. It was produced by Kustomotive, conceived by Dan Dempski, designed by Tom Daniel, and built by Dan and Korky Korkes.
Handsomely customized in black and white colours with a Batshield moulded into the fairing and fender guard, not only is the Batcycle instantly recognisable and usable but Robin's cart, which is an integral part of the Batcycle rig, is powered by a 55cc, electric start, Yamaha three speed engine.
This tribute to the caped crusaders Batbike is true to the original and based, as you would expect, on the correct Yamaha 250YDS 5E. It is in full working order (apart from Robins go-kart)and has been made exclusively for promotional purposes. It was imported from America approximately 30 years ago and has been with the current owner ever since. It benefits from many appearances all over the USA and Europe during its time and never fails to draw a crowd, even amongst the most hardened biker.
After all, no-one tangles with Batman..
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