My 1966 Batcycle project
Here's the motorcycle I started with! It was the same model used in the Batman TV show and the 1966 movie. It is a 1966, 250cc, Yamaha YDS-3 (YM-1), which I acquired from eBay in 2002.
I then needed to find the fiberglass parts to build the Batcycle. Well...to make a long story short, I wound up acquiring the original fiberglass pieces & molds to build my replica. My goal was to make my bike as close to the original TV Batcycle as possible and 2 years later I achieved that goal!
|My 1966 Yamaha being stripped||Fiberglass go-cart, seat, and fender|
|Molds made from the original Batcycle||Molds I acquired|
|My sidecar just after it was completed by Sharp Kustoms||My sidecar mocked-up on the motorcycle|
|My sidecar and NEW fiberglass pieces made by Sharp Kustoms||All pieces were bolted on and now just need to be prepped for painting|
|All parts fit nicely & now need to be prepped for painting, etc.||10/20/02 the seat and front fender were just painted & the back panel is being worked on|
|The upholstered panel is now complete. Just need to affix the bat-sticker.||The back panel with the bat-logo. The chrome area is the wing-nut that secures the go-cart.|
|Test fitting the new seat||1/13/03|
|2/1/03-The go-cart after it was upholstered||2/7/03-The sidecar wing just after it was painted|
|2/15/03-The sidecar wing added||2/17/03-Bat added to sidecar|
|2/24/03-Started reshaping and doing some bodywork on the front fairing||3/10/03-Finished the fairing prepping & added the side-cover|
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8/30/08- In July 2008, I found out that my former Batcycle was at Mattel's booth at the San Diego Comic Con. It was there to promote the new Batcycle die-cast toy.
On 5/14/05 my Batcycle was sold at the Bonhams and Butterfield auction.
11/13/04- Check out the January 2005 issue of Motor Trend for a picture of my Batcycle
6/7/04- Photos posted from the Vallejo car show
6/6/04- A VERY successful car show. Photos of my Batcycle and the Batmobile coming soon!
5/15/04- See my Batcycle at the Vallejo Concours d'Elegance on June 6, 2004
5/3/04- 2+ years later my Batcycle is done and it went to its first car show on 5/2--The Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance.
4/10/04- Installed the shelf & Bat-computer for the fairing.
3/20/04- Built and installed windshield/frame on go-cart.
11/20/03- The exhaust pipes have been re-chromed and installed on the bike.
11/5/03- The exhaust pipes are now off to the chromers!
9/1/03- Received the exhaust pipes back (extended 6.5" and redone) and now they just need to be re-chromed.
8/3/03- I'm finishing up the shelf area in the fairing and waiting on the windshield and exhaust pipes.
6/28/03- Okay, I haven't been working on my Batcycle in quite a while, but I will be taking it to a show in August, so it will be 100% done by then. GP Designs just made the aluminum bracket that will hold the windshield in place.
5/2/03- The Batcycle is all together and looking GREAT!! Now I just need to work out some small details so the bike is 100% done. See list below.
5/1/03- Picked-up the fairing from Riff Raff Customs--looks great!
4/30/03- Repainted bike frame, working on detailing the bike and hoping to have it all reassembled and almost completed. The Batcycle should be 90% done in the next 5 days!!
4/9/03-Painted the front fork area primer color and will paint them gloss black later today.
4/5/03-Okay now I've got some time to work on my project again. I'm still targeting for it to be complete by the end of this month!
3/13/03- Dropped off the fairing to be painted by Riff Raff Customs.
2/24/03- Replaced the taillight on the motorcycle with a clear red lens. Also, started working on the front fairing so it can be painted soon.
2/15/03- Mounted the sidecar wing and two rocket tubes. Need to install the 3rd rocket tube and place the bat sticker on the wing.
1/30/03- Permanently mounted the seat to the fiberglass base and picked-up the finished go-cart from Mr. Stitch. Everything turned out great!
1/13/03- Received the seat back from Mr. Stitch and it looks great. Just need to make some minor adjustments before it's secured.
1/7/03-Affixed the bat-logo to the back panel and worked out the wing-nut that secures the go-cart to the sidecar.
12/31/02-Picked up the upholstered back panel from Mr. Stitch
12/14/02-Watch as the Batcycle pieces get upholstered--Go here!
12/9/02-Dropped off the seat, go-cart and back panel to get them professionally upholstered.
11/24/02-Finished the prep work on the sidecar wing and gave it to Riff Raff for painting. We had to add a support piece for the 3 rocket tubes, so it took a bit longer than expected.
10/20/02-Received the seat & front fender back from "Riff Raff Customs" painted. A lot more work ahead!
9/5/02-Go-cart has been completed (minus engine and vinyl). Also, wood base has been made & painted for the side-car. I sent the seat and front fender out to be painted & still working on the prep work for the fairing and the side-car wing.
8/22/02-3rd brake light added to the side-car & go-cart under construction.
7/28/02-Received the finished fiberglass pieces from Sharp Kustoms today. All pieces were bolted on and now need to get prepped for painting.
6/23/02-Sharp Kustoms has been working on finishing the metal sidecar frame and completing the new fiberglass pieces that will be mounted on my Yamaha. I am working on detailing the bike and affixing the aluminum bats to the gas-tank.
6/18/02-Picked-up my custom painted gas tank, rear shocks, oil reservoir and side panel cover from Riff Raff customs. Pictures coming soon!
5/31/02-Removed exhaust pipes and will have to have new ones made. Originals are rusted and need to be extended 6.5 inches anyways.
5/26/02-Removed oil tank, rear shocks and headlight/speedometer assembly--Need to paint parts gloss black.
5/18/02-Took the gas tank, shocks and side covers to get custom painted--black/white with red pinstripe
5/5/02-Removed tank and rear fenders
5/4/02-Purchased Batcycle kit & original Batcycle molds from Bob Butts
4/18/02- Took possession of the '66 Yamaha
The following people have helped with my project...
|The late Dick Dean|
|The late Bob Butts|
|"Big Mike" Leonardini|
|Eric Sharp @ Sharp Kustoms|
K&C Machine Co., Inc.
by Scott Hultquist at...
|George at GP Designs|
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