Welcome to Matus1976's Akira Bike Project - Building a fully functional high performance recumbent motorcycle inspired by Kaneda's ride in "Akira"
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Some work on the front fork and steering column, move to a new workshop, and some great Akira fan art
As the move to Seattle approaches, I get my Rolling Chassis completed and my shop packed up
I launch a Kickstarter campaign, beef up the powered egress system, and work on getting ready for an unpowered rolling chassis
A predominantly video update, I make some serious progress on the electromechanical clamp for the powered egress
The conceptual founation of the final version of the bike is worked out, with CG renderings and CAD modeling. It's not completely finalized and some aspects will change after prototype testing.
Gainfully employed again, a new shop #3, some new tools. Rear frame update and progress toward a rolling chassis.
Update to the front end, fixing a broken kiln, and hand machining new cast parts for the front end.
To My Akira Bike Project followers:
Thank you for your patience and dedication, as you know this project has been a long one. But doing justice to this design requires a completely integrated build from the ground up, not a quick frame cut and weld, not cutting two bikes in half and welding them together, nor slapping on a fake wheel covering and a few stickers - I feel these are a disservice to Otomo's vision and the potential of the recumbent geometry. Layoffs and cross country moves have hijacked progress, and the expense and extent of the project has impeded it. I am not independently wealthy but I remain dedicated to the project and do not shy away from ambitious goals. With a new shop, new tools, and good job I anticipate big progress soon.
Again, thank you for your patience! And please Contribute!
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Update to the virtual pivot point assembly, building the front wheel hub & handlebar mount. Also, laid off, moving to a new shop.
Adding the 'Virtual Pivot Point' which allows the front end to rise up, just like in the movie.
More frame work, vertical rear frame bars, triangulated seat back, and additional bar under the frame.
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