Bel and Bel have created a faithful recreation of Kaneda’s iconic red bike from Akira, making it available to buy for the first time. The bike is not just a toy but also a powerful vehicle with impressive indicators, including acceleration to 100 km/h in 6 seconds and a maximum speed of 150 km/h. Bel and Bel, famous for upgrading vehicle parts, has expanded into creating custom bicycles inspired by the anime series, and the commercial introduction of Kaneda’s bicycles marks a major change in their strategy.
Kaneda’s iconic red bike Akira has now officially become a reality thanks to Barcelona artisans. Since its first animated appearance in 1988, this bike has been beloved by anime fans as one of the coolest vehicles dreamed up. Although this bike has been copied before this will be Customers will be able to buy one for the first timeinstead of diligently building one from scratch.
The reconstruction is the work of Bel and Bel, a studio that specializes in recycling vehicle parts. However, their expertise in cars and bikes extends far beyond static areas, such as they have experience creating vehicles inspired by various anime franchiseswith Kaneda’s bike being their latest endeavor.
The bike is no toy either, with the revealed stats promising a powerful bike that can do everything promised when it appeared in the movie. Interestingly, a bike version of Kaneda was supposed to appear in the live-action Akira movie, however, a project was shelved and delayed for a long time.
Kaneda’s bikes are worthy of any road, present or future
Original film produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha Co. produced, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo
News sites like Forbes and StartupSelfie initially reported that this copy comes at a price 24,000 Euros, about $26,000 in USD. It is built around a fiberglass and carbon fiber metal frame. As an electric vehicle, it runs on a 72-volt, 5,000-watt motor, which is said to help it accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in six seconds and a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). . It will also feature LED lighting on the rim, a digital dashboard similar to the bike in the anime, and pop-up headlights. It’s certainly not a pale imitation.
Bel and Bel was founded by Carles and Jesus Bel in 2005 and began making art and furniture from vehicle parts. Their catalog has since expanded to include custom bikes, including Dragon Ball unicycle replicas and the No. 9 Capsule. Their Akira replica was the first to be sold commercially to others. Kaneda’s bike, which is iconic, has been built by fans before. However, these are personal, one-time projects. Bel and Bel’s version changes everything by providing an amusement that can be built and ordered to order.
Owning Kaneda’s bicycle has become the dream of many people since it appeared on screen at the opening of the film. This is also a big change in Bel and Bel’s strategy, as they are focusing on anime products and not simply name-brand inspirations. Electric vehicles are a growing market and Kaneda’s bike is the perfect fit for it, with the film clearly showing sparks flying from between the wheel and rim. Bel and Bel are currently working on two orders so it’s safe to say The love for Akira and its legendary bike is still alive.
Source: Forbes, StartupSelfie
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