Holy Motorcycles, Batman: It’s The Batcycle!

Replica Batcycle Goes Up For Auction

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In the 1960s, Batman and Robin thrilled TV audiences in their fight against the evil of Gotham City. With the help of various ingenious cars, boats and ’copters, they took on the likes of the Joker, the Penguin and the Riddler. Now, a replica Batcycle is up for auction.

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The Batcycle
Accurate replica going up for auction

For three seasons and 120 episodes between 1966 and 1968, the live action Batman and Robin TV series brought the DC Comics superhero to life on the small screen (and one feature length movie between series one and two). Forget the dark and brooding Batman of later movies, Adam West and Burt Ward’s depiction of the Dark Knight and his sidekick was much more light-hearted and, to be honest, silly. That didn’t stop the series being wildly popular, however.

While the original Batmobile was the duo’s main mode of transport, other vehicles were created for the series, including the Batboat, Batcopter and the Batcycle.

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It’s only a 250cc!
Based on a Yamaha Catalina 250, with just 24bhp!

While the first Batcycle was based on a Harley Davidson, it was soon replaced by a new Batcycle, based on a Yamaha Catalina 250. Four Batcycles were built by Dan anad Korky Korkes of Kustomotive and were toured around America after the series ended.

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Sidecar Sled
Could be fired off to let Robin chase villains

While completely standard under the skin, it was that skin that was the machine’s defining character. The wild fairing, front fender, seat and rear cowl were finished in black with white panels and red flashes and Bat sign.

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Powered by a 55cc engine
Original sled had a petrol engine

Then a sidecar was fitted for Robin to ride on and this incorporated a four wheel go-kart-type sled that could be ’fired’ from the sidecar chassis to go on its own way under its own power with a 55cc motor.

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Replica is Electric Powered

With a twin-cylinder two-stroke 250cc engine producing a meagre 24bhp, the Batcycle was never going to be fast enough to stop any villain intent on escape although such suspension of reality was quite common for the series (and every subsequent superhero movie, for that matter).

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Wacky Bat Fairing
Adding all that weight of bodywork plus the sidecar and two passengers can’t have done much for the performance

The bike pictured here that is to go under the hammer with the Mecum auction house is not an original, but a modern recreation built around an original Catalina 250. It’s completely accurate in every detail, although the ’sidecar’ is now electric and not petrol-powered as the original.

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Bike and Sled In Situ
Can’t have been very comfortable!

The bike and sidecar have been autographed by West and Ward and a certificate of authenticity comes with the bike.

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Puny power output needed all the help it could get!

So, if you’re looking for something to take the kids out with on a weekend, this could just be the sort of thing that will have them cringing with embarrassment as you wheel it out of the garage. Bat costumes not included in the sale!

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Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
Motorcycling Contributor
Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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