Back in the day I was a huge fan of Japanese animation as it had a style and feel that was nothing short of amazing. Their attention to detail and the imaginative process that was used had me flabbergasted. It also didn’t hurt that the Japanese like to blow shit up and set everything they do in a post-apocalyptic world – as a kid, this is gold. Take the movie Akira for example, it came out in 1988 and was like nothing I’d ever seen before. One because of the animation and two because of the motorcycles that it featured. There was this one bike that belonged to the main character, Kaneda. It was low slung had an articulating chassis, was two wheel drive and was nothing short of spectacular.
1988 was also the year that I began to take in interested in motorcycles. I’d buy every magazine and read every article. Hell, I used to be able to recite the exact specs of just about every bike on the market – I was into it big time. The bike from Akira, although fictional, always stuck out in my head as it was just f*ckin’ bad ass. As of late I’ve been thinking of buying another bike and as I was doing some probing I came across this: The Travertson V-Rex. I immediately thought of the bike from Akira and started drooling at the mouth. The funny thing is, I’ve never been a cruiser guy as I’ve always had enduro’s and sport bikes. This thing though just blows me away.
The look and feel is very similar to the fictional anime bike that I fell in love with. Sure it doesn’t have two wheel drive, but who cares… I mean look at it. The grunt part is taken care of via a water cooled Harley Davidson V-Rod engine, there is a swing-arm style front suspension and the styling is like nothing else on the road. Now, justifying the $40,000 + price tag may be a bit difficult, but I’ll be honest, if I had the coin, I have a feeling there would be one of these babies sitting in the garage right next to the old Charger.