Batman gets a, um, a batpod?

Apparantly, The Dark Knight won’t be content to just cruise the streets of Gotham City in his tricked out Batmobile. So what’s a rich playboy to do? He has his techie friend build him a motorcycle similar to his Batmobile, with big thick tires in the front and propulsive engines to make it go super fast.

Specifically, you need to be Jean-Pierre Goy, the stunt rider who’s spent the last few months jumping Batman’s newest batbike at some top-secret location in England to prep for next summer’s Bruce Wayne caper, “The Dark Knight,” starring Christian Bale as the caped one.

Goy is the only person who’s ridden the new Batpod ? a bike so outrageous it’s hard to believe it was even built. It’s not just because it’s tricked out with grappling hooks, cannons and machine guns. The front and rear tires are both a monstrously huge 508 millimeters, and the engines are in the hubs of each wheel. Steering isn’t by hand but by shoulder, since there aren’t handlebars. Instead, there are shields that fit each arm like sleeves and have the ability to rotate around the bike’s frame. The two foot pegs are set 3 1/2 feet apart on either side of the tank, which the rider lies on, belly down.

That tank also moves up and down ? you know, in case Batman needs to dodge bullets or slide under semis.

And you know he will.

Damn straight!

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