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That Bike From The TRON Movie Will Soon Be Up For Auciton

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You’re looking at a fully functioning replica of the bike used in the 2010 movie TRON:Legacy. Even if the movie wasn’t exactly a stellar flick, it has spawned countless pop culture references in the half-decade since its release. This particular bike was built for “the Andrews Collection, one of America’s biggest and best car collections, most of which is currently being sold at auction.”

96 volt, direct-drive electric motor with lithium batteries and a computer-controlled throttle, rebound and compression damping with spring-preload front suspension and rigid rear suspension, and front and rear hydraulic brakes. This custom Tron tribute boasts a very low seat height of 28.5 inches, making it easy to ride even at low speeds. The motorcycle is finished in black with a white stripe and boasts an imposing stance to match its performance.

It was only ever ridden around the Andrews Collection’s facilities to ensure it’s still in working order, so it’s in an as-new state. The auction will be held on May 2nd at a Sotheby’s location, with a $25,000-$40,000 starting bid and no reserve. That means you could snatch it for even less… if it just so happens that no one else is interested in it, which seems unlikely.

Hit the jump for a bunch more pics.

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Want: Trefecta DRT Electric Bicycle

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You’re looking an an electric bicycle that still allows you to power through things using your legs, or letting the electric motor take over when you’ve had enough. It’ll let you cruise at 55kph (34.2mph) for up to 100km (62miles) on a charge, but will go further if you don’t get lazy and pedal a bit; top speed is even higher at 70kph (43.5mph). Better yet, it’ll be juiced back up to 80% in one hour, making it possible to go long distances with a simple lunch break in the middle. Regenerative braking, integrated touchscreen controls, “fly-by-wire” handlebar controls, Tailtronic electronically controlled suspension, carbon fiber wheels, quick release interchangeable battery pack… and the list goes on. Matter of fact, this baller bike is just too cool for school, and we think that if you’ve got $25,000 burning a giant hole in your pocket, it’ll be well spent here. You can’t quite buy it now however, but you can request a pre-order and hope to be given a chance to plunk down the cash when the time comes… which is undetermined, apparently.

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QS2 Quadrofoil Will Have You Flying Above The Water, Pollution Free

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Look at this watercraft and tell us it doesn’t scream: the future is here! It’s an electric quadrofoil craft that gets up to 21 knots (40 km/h or 25mph) and has a range of 100km (62 miles). Its all-electric operation means it’ll be relatively silent while floating above water, and not one drop of oil will ever enter the environment. It’s easily steered, is allegedly unsinkable (with a Titanic reference in their material, it’s hard to take it seriously), sits two, and features an anti-collision system that will reduce impact forces in case you run into something.

Of course the future isn’t cheap and the Limited Edition QS2 will set you back a cool 22,500 €, or roughly $28,144USD. But at that price you’ll have the coolest watercraft on the pond, bar none.

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Radinn Makes An Electric Powered Wakeboard

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If you’ve got about $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you might be able to get your hands (well, your feet) on this electric powered wakeboard by Swedish company Radinn. Made from carbon fiber, it weighs all of 29 kg (64 lb), yet carries an electric motor powerful enough to propel you at speeds up to 25 knots (29 mph or 46 km/h), for up to an hour at a time. If you go full-out, that’s more likely to be closer to 30 minutes, but still, it’s a decent range considering the product. The throttle is modulated through a wireless and waterproof handheld remote that you’ll have to tie to your body, of course, if you don’t want to lose it. The first production run has been pre-ordered already and should start shipping this winter.

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Movpack Is The World’s First Backpack Electric Vehicle

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Walking is for chumps. Ok, no, not really. Walking is great, but it’s nice to have options. If you need to commute, are traveling, or otherwise have the desire to carry some clothes and a laptop, while simultaneously not wanting to get too tired walking, Movpack is for you. It’s a backpack that carries an electric skateboard, which uses a hand-held remote for control. You get a 9 mile range at speeds up to 15mph, and once the battery is depleted, you can charge it back up in 2 hours. The wheels remain on the outside so that even if you’re out of power you can still roll it around on the ground if you don’t feel like keeping the weight on your shoulders. It’s not a whole lot of weight, incidentally, with the whole thing clocking in at 17lbs.

Convenience and mobility, however, don’t come cheap. The Super Early Bird pledge is $999, with expected retail to be at $2,000!

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E-Bike Retrofit Kit Monitors Your Heartrate, Adjusts Assist Accordingly

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Many people use bicycles as an exercise tool, and not only as an outdoorsy activity. But sometimes, when you’ve ventured out a little further than you normally do, it’s nice to have a little assistance on the way back. The Falco Fusion Sports Electric Wheel is an electric motor hub that can be mounted on just about any bike, turning it into an electric assist vehicle. Its rugged design means that this also includes mountain bikes, by the way. The 50V 400Wh Li-Ion battery pack is good for up to 110 miles of assistance, which is great, but not the salient feature. That would be its compatibility with heart-rate monitors, which would allow it to precisely and automatically control the amount of assistance its sending your way, based on how tired you are. If your goal is to maintain your heart going in a specific range, but suddenly a hill shows up, this electric hub would let you climb it without pushing your heart above its target.

Granted this isn’t the first electric drive hub we’ve come across, but we believe it’s the first time we see it integrated with heart-rate monitoring. It’s doing the Kickstarter dance at the moment, so we’re not sure if it’ll ever see light of day. A $495 pledge can get you on your way to owning one.

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The Rio Firefly Handcycle Transforms Any Wheelchair Into A Motorized Wheelchair

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The indignities suffered by being confined to a wheelchair are only compounded by the fact that you’re expected to provide your own locomotive power. The Firefly Electric Handcycle by Rio Mobility is a battery powered wheel that attaches to the front of just about any wheel chair and transforms it into an electric wheelchair. It will get up to 18 km/h (11 mph) for distances of up to 24 km (around 15 mi) between charges. This should be sufficient for regular daily chores that would normally be tedious and exhausting if they had to be done without external assistance. The device is light enough (under 15 kg (33 lb)) that you should be able to just pick it up and throw it in the car. And most importantly, as many mobility devices cost a fortune, the Firefly Electric Handcycle is relatively affordable at $1,950.

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If Drifting Is Your Thing, The Verrado Trike Will Blow You Away

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When it comes to wheeled vehicles it’s easy to become obsessed with acceleration and power figures. But at the end of the day the important thing is how much fun you’re having while driving. To that end, the Verrado Electric Drift Trike by Local Motors might have a thing or two on its four-wheeled cousins, the cars. You might have heard of downhill drift tricking already, but this drift trike trades gravity assistance for an electric engine. Gone are the days where you have to ask your buddy with a pickup truck to haul you back up the hill. This vehicle “combines a BMX fork with a 20” heavy duty front wheel featuring an aluminum casting around the brushless hub motors, two rear karting wheels lined with PVC pipe, a strong disc brake and a powerful programmable electric motor.” A 3 hour charge will give you 45 minutes of fun or up to 12 miles of travel if all you end up doing is going in a straight line. But let’s face it, if you’re going to pledge $1,560 for one of these, you’re really looking to be going sideways around a track, and that’s more than ok.

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OneWheel Self-Balancing Electric Skateboard Feels Like A HoverBoard

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It may not be the same board that Marty McFly promised us we’d have by 2015, but it’s close enough for those of us who tried it at CES to be content. The OneWheel Self-Balancing Electric Skateboard uses a central go-kart wheel wrapped around a brushless electric hub to propel you forward (and backward) up to 20mph by simply leaning in the direction you want to go. Accelerometers, gyroscopes and advanced algorithms keep you upright, and the sensation of riding the board has been described as one “flying over the pavement”. Even though it has a somewhat limited range of 4-6 miles, the fast charger will fill the battery back up in as little as 20 minutes. Currently well funded on Kickstarter, a $1,299 pledge will get you a board with a standard charger (2 hour charge time), while an extra $100 covers the fast charger.

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