Attention all TRON fans and electric motorcycle enthusiasts: get ready to see the TRON movie come to life. An enterprising young man named Tony Kalniev converted his Zero SR electric motorcycle into a superhero-style vehicle resembling the TRON Light Cycle.
It took time, patience and a little help from his friends, but the cycle owner's result is a head-turner. Feast your eyes on this exciting display of old-fashioned ingenuity and high-tech effect, and try not to be too jealous. Here's a picture of Kalniev's finished stylized TRON bike.
How did he do that? Kalniev's not-so-secret secret to achieving his TRON look is attaching bendable, waterproof, portable lights to his electric-powered motorbike. Instead of using LEDs to produce the electric effect, this TRON fan used 5-millimeter-wide, 10-meter-long neon light strips, connecting them to his Zero's 12-volt system. After testing several adhesives, Kalniev found that Superglue was the way to go to hold the light strings onto the bike permanently. Should someone have second thoughts about their light accessorizing, Kalniev notes in his YouTube video that the liquid that women use to remove their artificial fingernails works to remove the lights.
With two friends helping to light up the bike, the process took about two hours. That includes the time it took the team to wire the light strings to the bike's daytime running light system, and adding an on-off switch for a quick shutdown, just in case the police don't appreciate the look of the light set. To avoid having the lights turn on automatically when powering up the cycle, the modification team added a small 12-volt DC inverter. They used the motorbike's front light connector to connect it to the Zero's battery.
The two hours of labor doesn't include the time it took to stylize the wheels with lights, a classy added touch.
Safety and showing off his bike were reasons that motivated Kalniev to accessorize his Zero SR with the additional sets of lights. He does a lot of night riding, and knew his cycle's features were hard to see in the dark. The TRON look was a fun upside. For those who might want to try this at home, Electrek provides a list of essentials to recreate the TRON Light Cycle look on your electric motorcycle.
As do-it-yourself garage projects go, this light project is inexpensive and not too hard to do. Kalniev is no rocket scientist by any stretch of the imagination, but it's clear that he used great creativity, enthusiasm and teamwork to obtain the desired effect on his bike. To get into the nuts and bolts of the light upgrade and modification step by step, watch his YouTube video of the entire process.