Welcome to Matus1976's Akira Bike Project - Building a fully functional high performance recumbent motorcycle inspired by Kaneda's ride in "Akira"
Short Build History
Following is a short, 20 image build history of the prototype
This is a basic functional prototype, it is not weight or performance optimized but instead is a simpler implementation meant for testing the basic geometry and dynamics. The prototype will go through a few design phases, including engine upgrades, and once testing is completed a completely new bike will be built integrating the results of testing with all new, high end components.
Starting on the base of the frame, as well as a wood working platform. The prototype is made mostly from square tubing to facilitate easier fabrication.
Ergonomic mockup of the seat and steering controls
The rear half of the frame in progress as well as the underside triangulation
The front of the frame in progress, and wheels stationed to give an idea of what it will look like
The virtual pivot assembly for raising the front end
Steering column added
Front fork under construction
Front wheel mounted, fork and virtual pivot assembly added, with the engine mounted
Updating the front fork ends from welded steel to cast aluminum
The front end with foot controls and handlebars added
Action shot of aluminum casting
Rear head rest added
Everything in place for a mockup
Adding the hardtail and rear wheel mount
Updating the seat to multilayer foam and nylon covering
Virtual Pivot point beefed up, resting on the work stands, and rear wheel in place
Updated front end with CNC parts and a new front wheel
Rolling Chassis with updated front end and myself posing in front of the CNC
See "Progress" for detailed updates