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The Batcycle (1966)
The original 1966 Batcycle was a leased 1965 Harley-Davidson and side car that was featured in season one episode twenty-two "Not Yet, He Ain't" .

A new Batcycle was created for the Batman(1966) Feature Film and was used throughout the rest of the 1960's television series. Created by Kustomotive for $2500 using a Yamaha Catalina 250, the new Batcycle featured a detachable self-propelled side car.


The Batgirl Cycle (1968)
In an attempt to attract more female viewers to the Third Season of Batman(1966)Commissioner Gordon's daughter Barbara assumes the alter ego of Batgirl and the Batgirl Cycle is born.

The Batblade (1997)
Making it's only appearance in the 1997 film Batman & Robin the multi function Batblade features along side "The Redbird", Robin's motorcycle

View The Redbird from Jason Battersby Design

The Batpod (2008)
A new Batcycle is created for the Dark Knight Trilogy and is renamed the Batpod, due to the fact it is ejected out of the Bat mobile's(Tumbler) front end.  Equiped with 20" front and rear tires, the Batpod is powered by a single cylinder engine, geared for quick acceleration and high-performance. 

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Motoblogn's Triumph Motorcycle Secondary Air Intake Removal Tutorial

This modification can be applied to the following Triumph models America/Speedmaster, Bonneville/Thruxton, and Scrambler. We are using a 2002 Triumph Bonneville T100 Carb model for this tutorial.

This is a step by step instructional document that will modify your motorcycle. Depending on the laws in your country this modification may be illegal. This is a high performance modification intended for race purposes only. Use At Your Own Risk!

Required Tools:

5mm Allen Wrench
8mm Wrench
13mm Wrench
13mm Socket
Needle Nose Pliers
Flat Head Screwdriver
Anti-Seize Lubricant

We used a British Customs Low Profile AI Removal Kit  purchased through FS Motorcycle in Toronto, but any of the kits sold by most online suppliers will follow these same instructions.

Our Kit Included:

2x Air Injection Block Off Screws
2x Copper Washers
4x Rubber Nipples
1x Air Injection Plug

Secure the Motorcycle in a well lit, flat and ventilated work area. Make sure the motorcycle and the work area are clean and free from dirt, debris and residue. Prepare an area to rest your gas tank making sure not to rest the tank on the petcock and painted areas. Since the motorcycle will be partially disassembled now is a good opportunity to renew your spark plugs and clean the impossible to reach areas of the motorcycle that seldom see the light of day.

Step 1: Remove The Seat.

Remove the seat to allow access to the battery and gas tank removal bolts.

Step 2: Remove The Battery.

Remove the rubber strap that holds the battery in place and undo the two connections - It is important that you remove the RED TERMINAL FIRST. Remove the BLACK TERMINAL SECOND, remove the battery and place it where it cant be knocked over.

Step 3: Remove The Gas Tank and Side Panels.

TURN THE FUEL TAP OFF. The gas tank is held on to the motorcycle using two 8mm bolts under the seat and two fuel tank front mount rubbers. Remove the bolts using a 8mm Wrench and gently move the tank back freeing it from the mounting rubbers. With the gas tank free remove the fuel line by compressing the spring clamp, as well as removing the gas tank vent line on the right underside of the gas tank. Remove the gas tank and secure it making sure not to damage the petcock and underside. Remove the left and right side panels using a coin or flat head screwdriver and place in a secure area making sure not to scratch or damage them.

Step 4: Plug The Air Box Injection

Remove the air box injection hose from the factory air box by hand and use the supplied AIR INJECTION PLUG to plug the hole. You can remove the black hose from the valve assembly and set it aside.

Step 5: Plug The Carburetor Vacuum Port

Remove the hose attached the the vacuum port on the left carburetor and use one RUBBER NIPPLE to cap it.

Step 6: Remove The Air Injection Controls

Remove the two black hoses that are connected to the air injection tubes on the engine head and set them aside. Using a 13mm Wrench loosen and remove the air injection tubes from the engine head and set aside. I have read about others having to crimp and break the tubes to remove them but our removal was simple and the entire system was removed undamaged. Before installing the AIR INJECTION BLOCK OFF SCREWS place a COPPER WASHER on each screw and coat the screws with anti-seize lubricant. Make sure the area around the engine head is free from debris. Insert each bolt and tighten using a number 5 Allen Wrench. Do not over tighten.

Step 7: Remove The Air Injection Valve Assembly

Locate and remove the two bolts that connect the assembly to the motorcycle frame using a 13mm Socket. Remove the assembly from the motorcycle and set aside.

Step 8: Reassemble The Motorcycle

Reattach the gas tank, battery, side panels and seat in this order. Your Triumph Motorcycle Secondary Air Intake Removal is now complete, you may start the motorcycle.

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Motoblogn's Top 5 Greatest Motorcycle Movies of All Time

1. Easy Rider
This counterculture biker road movie also has one of the best soundtrack albums ever Easy Rider (soundtrack). Fonda and Hopper wrote the film together and Hopper directed it featuring Jack Nicholson as well as introducing us to two of the most iconic American motorcycles ever built...

2. The Wild One
The 1953 film that defined the "Outlaw Biker",  Marlon Brando plays Johhny Strabler leader of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and is loosely  based around a small incident in 1947 known as the Hollister Riot. It is Rumored that The Beatles took their name from the other motorcycle club led by Lee Marvin, the Beetles.

3. Mad Max
This post-apocalyptic low-budget action movie is one of Austraila's top grossing films staring an unknown Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky, a policeman seeking revenge on a drifter motorcycle gang.  This movie spawned a trilogy followed by the Hollywood produced sequel Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.   

4. Quadrophenia
This movie adaptation of The Who album Quadrophenia taught a new generation the ins and outs of what it meant to be a Mod. This is a teenage coming of age classic oozing with enough angst to fill a football stadium. This is another film with an amazing soundtrack  Quadrophenia (soundtrack)  This is also the first film role for Sting from the rock band The Police.

Visit The official Quadrophenia Website 
5. On Any Sunday
On Any Sunday is the spirit of Motorcycling personified. This 1971 documentary features Steve McQueen, Mert Lawwill and Malcolm Smith as well as a who's who of Motorcycle racers from the 60's and early 70's. This film explores the many facets of the Motorcycle as sport and leisure and is widely accepted as the best motorcycle documentary ever made.

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