It contains a computer-controlled carburetor and bulletproof wind-guard. The Batcycle made its first appearance in in the Batman TV series. It was a Harley Davidson with a side car , but it was taken on lease and was only used for the first season episode "Not Yet, He Ain't". Later that year, a new Batcycle was introduced. The new Batcycle was first used in the film Batman and continued to appear in the rest of the TV series.
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The challenge on this project was to try and build the coolest prop possible without spending any money. Like all of my projects, there are no special skills or tools needed for the construction.
Some of the scrap items and found parts used were an old workout weight bench, truck tire inner tubes, garbage can, planter, pogo stick, lava lamps, portable heater, broken metal detector, bucket, vent cover, film canister and even a contact lens case. So please enjoy these step-by-step instructions, and I hope it inspires you to make your own epic build. Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.
However, there were a few things that I wanted to improve with a new build. For example, the Batmobile was really fragile, it took a very long time to put together, it doesn't store easily and it won't hold up against any bad weather which is a big consideration here in Michigan. So the next logical step was to build a Bat-Pod from the Dark Knight movie series. My hope was to make it sturdy enough for people to get on and "ride" for a nice photo op.
There are a ton of photos online where you can study the different structures that make up the Bat-Pod. It helps to keep a mental inventory of the features so you can keep an eye out for junk that can be used as parts.
Since I knew that I was going use the wheels from my original Batmobile, I designed everything around that.
An amazing resource is a site called www. I imported one of his drawings into Photoshop to help envision the frame. Since the wheels could not support any weight, I decided to have the front fork go to the opposite side of the wheel to help hide the frame as it goes to the ground because I needed the "beauty side" on the left in my display. The two wheels are made from four 40" diameter A garbage can lid "hub" and pvc pipes with bungees creates the framework of the tires.
Then the assembly is rolled up with a sheet of Platon Flooring Underlayment cut to size and secured a small bungee. The seam goes on the bottom of the wheel to hide it. I was stumped for a long time about what to use for the frame. The high strength and square shape of the steel tubing made it a perfect choice.
So I put a metal cutting blade into my circular saw and started cutting it to size, drilling holes and bolting everything into place. The added bonus about using a workout bench in the project is that it also provided the seat. With just a little trial and error to find a comfortable angle, it was relatively easy to attach it into place with some scrap pieces of steel.
Then an old pogo stick with a broken spring was cut up and added to the pipes to extend the handlebars forward and provide the handgrips and "throttle". I then used a Dremel tool to cut up a face mask from an old catchers helmet to create the forearm rests along with a little scrap foam floor mat for padding. The handgrips on the workout bench used on the tricep dip bar was added to some larger pipe fittings and repurposed as the knee rests.
I then bolted a steel mesh piece salvaged from the inside of a cargo van into place to serve as the rear wheel "guard". Finally, I attached the pogo stick's foot pegs onto the frame to make it easy to place your feet into the proper riding position.
I made the gun turrets for the front wheel by jigsawing a pattern out of some scrap wood. I then attached an old vent cover, some pvc pipes and a couple of lava lamp bases for some added detail. This was the fun part.
I drilled some holes in pvc pipes to make the machine guns, and then I attached some empty Yoplait yogurt containers to the end of some longer pvc pipes to create the cannons. The two turrets are attached together with some more pvc pipe which extend around the back of the wheel and then they stand on some steel rods to raise them off the ground and make them look as if they are attached to the wheel's "axle".
This is where you can get creative with any old junk you can find. I used a plastic garbage can and a plant holder as the engine cover beneath the seat. I then used the Dremel tool to cut out the handlebar covers, and was really pleased with the effect. I salvaged a hand brake off of a busted up bmx bike from the junkyard and added it to the handlebars for a touch of realism. The plastic cover from a broken floor heater was attached to the bottom of the frame along with some more pvc to give it some extra bulk.
Finally, I extended a bucket to the rear "axle" to make it look like a power transfer to the wheel. The spray paint colors were silver and flat black. I then test assembled the bike in the garage and let my son give it a try. A cool detail from the movie that you may not have noticed is the red LED light above the right handlebar.
I made mine from a nightlight and a film canister. I then took a little creative license after finding a broken metal detector from the junkyard, and turned it into a weapons display panel with a green LED light from behind.
I also added the button from the metal detector onto the handlebar as a "trigger" for the guns. Finally, I plugged everything in with the lava lamps in front to round out the effect. By the way, the entire Bat-Pod plus air compressor for blowing up the inner tubes breaks down to fit inside the back of a SUV for transport. I planned to have a sound system playing the characteristic Shepard Tone of the engine in the background, but it was difficult to isolate the distinctive whir from the movie soundtrack.
So after searching online for the sound effect without any luck, I purchased the Dark Knight Rises App for my iPhone and was able to get access to the Bat-Pod in the third level of the game. So I went out the headphone jack of my phone while playing, and successfully recorded long sequences of the sound onto my computer as I rode it around the virtual city.
The event is a family-friendly festival that promotes all of the creative aspects and do-it-yourself spirit of the haunting season, and it was actually inspired by all the fun that we have with the Instructables Halloween Contests through the years so thanks to everyone at the site. The Bat-Pod will show up again at local comic cons and shows to raise money for charity and promote our community event.
Thanks for looking, give us a "like" on Facebook and please let me know if you have any questions. Reply 4 years ago. I like that. I remember checking out your Batman costume too.
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Concrete Class 18, Enrolled. Kid Hero 4 months ago. Reply Upvote. Good job on the build and the instructable! Always looking for inspiration. TheGeekPub 4 years ago. NathanSellers 4 years ago. Awesome build. I remember loving your tumbler. Well done with the encore. Dvda 4 years ago. Glad you like it. PS- I love the addition of the gatling guns on your project. Team Z 4 years ago.
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The average custom chopper is something most motorcyclists find puzzling — they're heavy and cumbersome, with terrible handling and mediocre performance, they're hard to ride and they cost unbelievable amounts of money. This fully custom cc Batpod replica takes all those traits to the max — it looks downright scary to ride, there's almost no way to turn a corner with any sort of dignity, and may God help you if you want to pull a U-Turn. But for owner Pankaj Shah it's a tribute to his love of the Dark Knight movie where the BatPod first appeared — and beyond the neck-snapping appearance of the thing, it's also quite an amazing bit of rolling metalwork. Click through for several videos and photos of the PS-Pod under construction. With a pair of section tires — yes, front and rear — a hub-center steered front wheel, a levered handlebar system, a shaft drive and a wheelbase more appropriate for a pickup truck, the PS-Pod ain't a handler. In fact, watching the test ride video below, it looks little short of treacherous in the corners and virtually unmanageable at low speeds:.
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When The Dark Knight hit theaters in , everyone loved Batman's Batpod , an outrageous, nearly undrivable motorcycle with a bad attitude. Someone even built one and put it up on eBay. Forget that. Here's how to make your own. Only stunt driver Jean-Pierre Goy has ever piloted the intimidating Batpod — the giant tires, crude suspension, and prone riding position make it more dangerous to ride than almost anything on wheels — but it is one of the sickest two-wheeled creations since Kaneda's cycle in Akira. Despite that, a replica of the Batpod was inevitable, it just needed the right kind of lunatic to build it.
Build a Bat-Pod (out of Junk)