Daniel Simon designed the Light Cycles for Tron: Legacy and the vehicles for Captain America, but now one of his craziest concepts yet is coming to life in a street legal version. Let's hope no one kills themselves riding it.
The Detonator is an 11.5 foot electric motorcycle powered by a lithium-ion battery that gets 80-100 miles on a one-hour charge. The bike rips too—it's supposed to go up to 120 mph, but here's the thing: the Detonator probably isn't the easiest bike in the world to handle. The rider sits way in the back from where they have to maneuver a huge, elongated front-end that makes even showy custom choppers with long forks look puny.
The Detonator concept was drawn-up by Simon for his futuristic vehicle design company, Cosmic Motors, and it's being built by Parker Brothers Choppers, which also produced a run of real-life Light Cycles. Simon's website calls the Detonator a "street cruiser bike built for humanoid droids." (Does this guy have the coolest job ever or what?) Admittedly, that sounds more like science fiction than anything your dad is going to be driving around on the weekends, but if you've got $100,000 lying around, you can have a Detonator of your own. [Daniel Simon and Parker Brothers Choppers via Wired: Autopia]
Update November 2, 2011
We heard from Daniel Simon the designer of the Detonator concept. Turns out he's got nothing to do with Parker Brothers Choppers. He asked that we post the following statement.
There is no connection between a Florida-based motorcycle company and Daniel Simon / Cosmic Motors LLC.
No designs were authorized or licensed to be used and sold by that company. Daniel Simon was not involved in the development of that product and has never worked with or for that company.