Street-legal electric Tron Lightcycle glows, whirs

Parker Brothers Choppers takes the wraps off the street-legal Electric Tron Lightcyle. It glows blue, runs on batteries, whirs, and looks like it just rolled off the 3D screen of "Tron: Legacy."

Electric Tron Lightcycle
Please deliver one of these to my house immediately. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

I was still a bit on the young side when the original "Tron" movie came out in 1982, but it didn't stop me from imagining what it would be like to ride one of those incredible glowing bikes.

My childhood fantasy could soon come true, as Parker Brothers Choppers has just teased "Tron" fans with a sneak-peak test ride video of the Electric Tron Lightcycle, based on the " Tron: Legacy " design.

Parker Brothers Choppers has been in the Lightcycle game. The original gas engine ride came out in 2010 in a limited edition of 10 bikes, but there was something off about their sound.

The electric version has the advantage of a quiet ride without the throaty roar of a honking V-twin engine. It's more in keeping with the electronic whir of the futuristic movie motorcycles.

The body has been revamped, and the Lightcycle now runs on lithium ion batteries with a 96-volt electric motor. It's most impressive at night, when the blue light strips emanate a distinctly "Tron" glow.

Building a real-life electric Lightcycle wasn't without its challenges. The builders had to tweak the turning radius, balance, weight, and clearance height to make it practical on the street.

The Lightcycle is a substantial machine. You'll need a wide stance to ride it, but it is designed to let you kick back your feet to emulate the movie look. You'll have to provide your own skin-tight glowing suit .

The new Lightcycle will be street-legal, but we're still waiting for details on price and availability. In the meantime, you can drool all over your keyboard while watching the video below.

 

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