The Akira Bike Of Your Dreams Is Racing Across Japan

This might not be Neo-Tokyo, but that sure looks like Shotaro Kaneda's bike in cyberpunk anime Akira. Masashi Teshima from Fukuoka, Japan thought he'd like an Akira bike for himself and spent seven years and ¥10 million (US$121,000) to make it.

While there are other Kaneda bike projects, this one is officially recognised by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. And Teshima is riding the bike across the country to raise money for children's autism. In the above gallery, you can see Teshima and his custom bike in Fukuoka, Kobe, and Osaka.

The last stop is Tokyo, where it will be displayed at an exhibition for Katsuhiro Otomo. Visitors to the exhibit can sit on the bike and have their photos taken with it. The exhibit is for a good cause, too: it's raising money for victims of last year's earthquake.

First serialised in 1982 as a manga, Akira was turned into an iconic feature film anime in 1988.

こいつはガチだぜ! 金田のバイクで金田のジャケットを着て、ハイウェイを駆け抜ける動画 [Kotaku Japan]

Akira's Kaneda Bike Goes on Road Trip Throughout Japan [ANN]

Image: Otomo Gengaten.



    The front could be a bit longer to be a bit more accurate, though. And a helmet? nooooo

    Just watched the video. Is that a scooter engine???

    I wish this had a proper motor in it

    nah sounds more like a 125cc engine/ postie bike

    Definitely based on a scooter, in Japan maxi-scooters are a dime a dozen so modifying them is extremely common.

    I'm pretty sure Japan has laws against big engines for environmental reasons.


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