This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a unique and stunning looking (chicks really dig it!) bike. Ready to ride. Starts first time every time on electric start or kick. Power and robustness is what this bike is all about with a custom-made Gotham steel chassis, carbon-fiber and kevlar body. Single seat, Brand new 31" front and rear Hoosier racing tyres,
High performance liquid cooled single-cylinder engine. Registered as a 750cc ;;). With a top speed of 120 Mph / 193 Kmh ;;), 5 Speed chain driven.
Excellent condition, some slight wear to the body, with very little cosmetic work could be made into an absolute beauty. Night time inspired. Metallic Grey as dark as Ra's al Ghul soul. But this is not just a stylized piece - every element has a practical function.
Not quite a motorcycle not a quite a ATV my staff have affectionately named it the Bat-Pod. Can ride an almost any terrain but when I was a bachelor I used to love cruising the city streets. Oh! The high jinks. Below is a home movie in which you can see the Bat-Pod in action.
Video: The Dark Knight Rises - Batman's First Appearance Scene IMAX Edition
Despite its age it's hardly been used since I got married. I'm upgrading my garage and have decided to clear my man cave for space so I've decide to let this one of a kind Wayne Tech. beauty go for auction at www.propstore.com/liveauction.
|Prop Store Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction Bat-Pod|
The bike is 380 cm (12 feet) long (327.66 cm - 10 feet 9 inches without the guns), 120 cm (4 feet) wide x 107 cm (3.5 feet) high (149 ½" x 47 ¼" x 42 ¼") and weighs 728 lb / 330 kg. The wheels are 30.75 inches (780 millimeters) in diameter, 20 inches (508 millimetres) wide and weigh 65 pounds each (29.5 kilograms) each.
|The Dark Knight Rises Bat-Pod Specifications [enlarge]|
Well maintained and clean, just serviced the forks and serviced the engine. I do all my own work so can vouch for its condition.
Also fitted with pneumatically launched grappling hooks (so much fun can be had with these on the highway), 40 mm blast cannons which shoot mortars and can take out cars, walls, and other obstructions in its path) and .50-cal. machine guns all in great condition, but the left gun mount has been slight Baned, additionally and I'm quite proud of this - a "laser" targeting unit fitted above the right hand grip.
VIDEO: THE DARK KNIGHT BAT POD SEQUENCE
Other unique features of this bike are
· Look once you're on this beast it will be hard not to break some laws, including the laws of physics when you use the independant lateral rotating wheel system, that allows almost instant changes in direction. I'm talking 90 degree turns all the way to full 180s (with enough space) almost instantaneously. No more parallel parking problems!
Video: TDKR - Batpod Sideways Turn/Roll with Slow Motion
· If necessary with the flick of a button you can switch into low clearance mode, the bike will lower closer to the ground and elongate so you will be able to keep cruising under say toll gates, tractor trailers and a lot of other different stuff.
Ha, ha, ha this just reminded me of one of one of Wonder Woman's Justice League limbo parties. How low can you go indeed! I know right? This bike is awesome!
· I have fitted a rotating saddle - for one. Super helpful with the omnidirectionally wheel configuration but this has caused endless problems as my wife will no longer let me go riding on the weekends alone.
· The kinetic inertia system lets the bike stay upright and self-righting so it stands on its own so need for a kick-stand
· Also rather than using handlebars I fabricated a shoulder controlled joystick/handles steering system (which can also act as a shield to protect your arms). Takes a bit of getting used to - but hey, hands free! So no been pulled over because you're talking on your mobile.
Video: The Dark Knight- Special Features "Bat-Pod"
· As I had planned to use it mainly at night I fitted the radiator behind the saddle, that's right behind the saddle, so no worrying about the low temperatures before the sun comes up as you'll be crispy warm. Added bonuses! With the extra warmth the Bat-Pod is great for beer runs in your beach shorts and can also be used to dry wet clothes. But please use with care - I only mention this as I suspect that my ward used the bike without permission or instructions and has subsequently disappeared. All he left behind was his singed trapeze outfit.
· I have also added an integrated exhaust system that runs through the hollow frame of the bike.
· Oh yes! On the same late night shindig my technical consultant came up with the idea of hiding the exhaust smoke also he came up with the concept of riding lying face down or prone. And sure whilst this does make you look a little like that flying dork - once you get used to it you'll wonder why sitting up was ever an option in the first place. This is super great as it gives you an aerodynamic edge and if you wear a cape, and let's be honest, which fashion conscious city dweller doesn't wear a cape these days?
Your cape will flow freely behind you much like Fabio's hair on a windy day - giving the bike an extra power boost when needed, much like go-faster stripes.
You will be the envy of your friends as they exclaim! Where do you get those wonderful toys?
Video: Where does he get those wonderful toys?
Had to pull strings with the commissioner but now it's MOTed for 12 months. It's a one-off so parts may be a problem unless you are very hands on, so I'm throwing in a metal stand as well.
More photos and information available here:
Priceless when new but I'm willing to let this beast go from a starting price of £60,000. A steal when you consider that it was once valued at £1,138,678.70.
|The Bat-Pod Evaluation [enlarge]|
If you would like to view the Bat-Pod along with some of the other gear I am letting go from my man cave including:
From Tim Burton's 1992 Batman Returns: Gotham Globe Newspaper with headlines "Penguin Forgives Parents",
Batmobile Printed Drafting, Batman's (Michael Keaton) Static Remote Controlled Batarang,
¼ Scale SFX Model Miniature Batmobile Conversion Components.
From Joel Schumacher’s 1995 Batman Forever: Val Kilmer's Batman Bat Belt
From Christopher Nolan's 2005 Batman Begins: Christian Bale's Batman Batsuit.
From Christopher Nolan's 2008 The Dark Knight & 2012 The Dark Knight Rises: Christian Bale's Batman Cowl and Batman's Batsuit.
From Christopher Nolan's 2012 The Dark Knight Rises: Gotham Rogues Football Uniform, Gotham City Police Department Badge, Gotham Post Newspapers, Gotham Rogues Foam Finger, Gotham City License Plates, Gotham City Police Department Cap, Tom Hardy's Bane Costume, Gotham Times Newspapers.
As well as over 250 of the 450 authentic and rare props up for auction from many beloved films and TV shows at the two-week free entry Prop Store Auction Preview Exhibition from today 14 September until the 27th at the ODEON BFI IMAX. If you can't get to the BFI IMAX download a PDF version of the Auction Catalogue on the Prop Store Auction website.
So even if you aren't going to buy the Bat-pod, there are many, many props in prices that range across the spectrum on view and for sale as part of the Prop Store Entertainment Live Auction that would make a great memento, talking point (you will be prepared when someone asks where do you get those wonderful toys?)and design addition to any home. Even if you aren't that keen on purchasing an item it is well worth popping down to the BFI IMAX to have a look at the marvellous items on display.
The exhibition will culminate in the live auction broadcast from 12:00pm on 27 September 2016 via livestream at www.propstore.com/liveauction. Bidding is now open!
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It is my understanding that the Bat-Pod along with several other rare items have been made available through a partnership between Prop Store and Warner Bros. Entertainment Studios, and Warner Bros. have expressed that they will not be selling any more Bat-Pods so this may well be a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of sought after film history.
Of course we were going to have the Batmobile back,”states Nolan,
but we wanted to give Batman something new: a fresh means of transportation, something very exotic and very powerful looking. It’s a two-wheeled vehicle, but it’s definitively not a motorcycle. In essence, the Bat-Pod is to the world of motorcycles what the Tumbler is to the world of cars.”
- Dark Knight Production notes, 2012
It is only named once in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and even then it's only an off the cuff comment in 2008's The Dark Knight...
Will you be wanting the batpod, sir?
In the middle of the day? Not very
The Lamborghini then.
(watches Wayne go)
Much more subtle.
- The Dark Knight Screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
As brilliant as spectacle as it was to this day I struggled with its first appearance as it detaches as an escape vehicle from the Tumbler. I just can't reconcile the practicality of it being the front part of the Tumbler - it just makes more sense if the back wheel was further back in the Tumbler along with the body running parallel rather than both wheels being the 2 front wheels of the Tumbler. Of course this stunt demonstrates its most advanced feature - it's modular moving parts system that allows the Bat-Pod to move omnidirectionally very quickly.
Video: The Dark Knight Bat Pod Sequence
The Bat-Pod featured in both The Dark Knight and 2012's finale of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy - The Dark Knight Rises. 6 Bat-Pods were made to be used for filming. As standard with big budget film vehicles - some of the models were fully working versions that could be driven, whilst others were more detailed models to be used for close ups and to show specific parts or functionality. As well as to ensure redundancy if any of the bikes are damaged during filming.
Again it is my understanding that the Bat-Pod up for auction was used for close-ups and has more details as per the original concept of the Bat-Pod. With some added safety precautions - as it has been drained of all fluids, the battery fuel tank and throttle have been removed.
The Bat-Pod was based on ideas from Christopher Nolan and production designer Nathan Crowley, who ended building a life size model in Nolan's garage. Then special effects supervisor Chris Corbould and his team took the concept and made it real, creating a working model.
I stood there silently, pretending I was mulling it over, but the thought going through my head was that they both had to be off their nut. Where was I going to put a power train? And with those massive wheels, would this thing actually steer? There were so many issues.”Despite his concerns, Corbould returned to London, where he and his crew began brainstorming ways to bring the Bat-Pod to life. After some trial and error, they developed the final working Bat-Pod, which was surprisingly close to the rough model
- The Dark Knight Production notes, 2008
Once the Bat-Pod was brought into reality another obstacle that needed to be overcome was - how was the unique bike going to be driven?
The finished product that Chris and his team came up with was very striking, very effective and worked very well, but it’s incredibly difficult to ride and to steer.”In order to maneuver the Bat-Pod, the driver has to lean his upper body forward, almost horizontally, and steer from his elbows, rather than his wrists. In fact, the only person who was able to master the Bat-Pod was professional stunt rider Jean-Pierre Goy.
I’ve worked with Jean-Pierre a couple of times, and he is one of the best bike riders in the world, if not the best. Right away, he totally got in the mindset of learning that machine. He said, ‘I’m not riding another bike until I finish this sequence,’ because he had to concentrate on the Bat-Pod’s unique handling qualities. I’d be lying if I said it was easy for even him to ride, but it looked spectacular when he did, so it was worth the effort.”
For their efforts on The Dark Knight that included bringing the Bat-Pod to the big screen, Nathan Crowley was nominated for Best Achievement in Art Direction along with set decorator Peter Lando and Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber & Paul J. Franklin were nominated for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.
|The Dark Knight For Your Consideration Poster [enlarge]|
547 - Live Auction 2016 - Hero Batpod Vehicle
A hero Batpod vehicle from the action films The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan. In The Dark Knight Batman (Christian Bale) used the Batpod to escape his Tumbler vehicle during his battle with the Joker (Heath Ledger), and later used the vehicle in his unsuccessful attempt to save Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and in his hunt for Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). In The Dark Knight Rises, Batman and Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway) used the vehicle during their battles with Bane (Tom Hardy) and the new League of Shadows.
Conceived by Christopher Nolan and production designer Nathan Crowley, the Batpod was intended to provide an alternative to Batman's trusty Tumbler vehicle. The design was created by Crowley and brought to life by special-effects supervisor Chris Corbould, who made six of the vehicles for use on The Dark Knight. The unusual shape of the vehicle made engineering a challenge, especially with such unconventional tires fitted. The unique Pod is designed for a rider in a prone position who steers the vehicle with their arms and shoulders, and features advanced design elements such as an exhaust system integrated within the framework. The vehicles were largely driven by stunt rider Jean-Pierre Goy during filming, and were used for numerous events in the promotion of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Crowley received Academy Award® and BAFTA Award® nominations for his work on The Dark Knight.
Video: Lot 547 - THE DARK KNIGHT & THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) - Hero Batpod Vehicle
Well-used on both productions, as well as in the promotion of the films as part of the Warner Bros. archive, the Batpod displays some wear to the body panels and some light corrosion on the chassis, with damage to the left gun mount as a result of use on set. However, in spite of this wear, the vehicle remains in very good condition and is supplied with a metal support stand for display purposes. Dimensions: 380 cm x 120 cm x107 cm (149 ½" x 47 ¼" x 42 ¼")
This lot is supplied with a Warner Bros. certificate of authenticity in place of a Prop Store certificate. Payment plan on this item is restricted to a duration of one month. Please contact us for further information. This vehicle is sold in non-functional ‘rolling only' condition. It is drained of all fluids, and the battery, fuel tank and throttle controls have been removed.
Estimate: £60000 - £80000
- From the 547 - Live Auction 2016 - Hero Batpod Vehicle listing on the Prop Store auction site
The auction, which will take place on September 27 at London’s BFI IMAX cinema, will be broadcast via a livestream at www.propstore.com/liveauction
|The Dark Knight Rises Bat-Pod Poster [enlarge]|
Over 570 lots of original props, costumes, and production material from 160 films and television shows will be up for auction. The spectacular live event will feature an interactive webcast, with bidding available online, by phone or in person
Prop Store and ODEON will also present a two-week free entry preview exhibition from the 14th until the 27th of September at the 2016 Live Auction Exhibition at the ODEON BFI IMAX, Waterloo, London
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