The Empire Strikes Bike

Star Wars decorated bicycle

Ahnyounghasaeyo my fellow Americans and good morning! Recently Starwars.com did a story featuring a bike that had been rebuilt to look like something out of The Empire Strikes Back.

Literally created in a residential garage, the frame, wheels, and crank were acquired directly from an official Skywalker Ranch staff bike. From there it was a matter of accessorizing the bare-bones frame and wheels with pieces found on eBay to give it an Empire spin: fenders, chain guard and skirt guards came from various 1940s cruisers, including a J.C. Higgins Colorflow and Monark cruiser; the springer forks were pulled from a 1960s Sears Spaceliner; the tank combined a ’60s Roadmaster body with a Hasbro AT-AT head rigged to “fire” its reciprocating chin guns with lights and sound; Master Replicas FX lightsabers were gutted and re-worked to become the headlight (Luke’s) and taillight (Vader’s) with lights and sound activated by switches on the lightsaber handgrips; the luggage rack was a modified 1982 Kenner Rebel Transport toy, now with swing-back rear to stow gear; a Hasbro Titanium Series Slave I worked nicely as a fender ornament; finally, the chrome Vader handlebar topper was lopped off a giant PEZ dispenser, having the added bonus of built-in light-up eyes, music and dialog from the films. Chrome tail, leather streamers, and torpedo pedals were added for flair.

If you go to Starwars.com, and check the bike out there you’ll get to see dozens of images of the bike and where all the stuff came from. There’s some really cool stuff on this thing, that seem to just blend in with everything else. Anyways, I’m off to get my day started.

T’chou!

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1 Comment

  1. Interesting looking bike. My only criticisms are that it should have been black, and they need to loose the streamers (seems like that’s more of a Phantom Menace type thing).

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