Vu Tung Lam, a mechanic from the tiny village of Lang Son recently introduced himself to the world by building working prototype of the Batpod, Batman’s motorbike from The Dark Knight trilogy! See my extended video of it below and read more about this cool machine made from an old $125 Suzuki motorcycle!
Vu Tung Lam built his Batpod using scrap metal and an old 125 cc engine (13.3 horsepower) removed from a old Suzuki motorbike. The tyres are from a four-wheel drive and the frame is welded from pieces of steel pipes. The covers are made from plastic sheets, but there are no mounted machine guns as with the real Batpod. Its top speed is 56mph or 90km/h. However, Vu cannot ride his creation in Vietnam’s the streets because Vietnamese law does not allow for non-Communist issued — um, I mean — structure-modified vehicles on its roads.
So what’s next for this amazing young man from North Viet Nam?
“My next project is Batman’s car, the Tumbler. And one day, I may do more research so I can make the Batwing (Batman’s plane). Who knows?”
The folks behind him burst out laughing at that last statement. However, I assure you, there are a lot of people out there who are not and holding their breaths to see what he’ll be coming up with!
In the meanwhile, Vu hopes to take his creation to Hollywood one day. Well, those things look a bit better in Hollywood, but they don’t work, and don’t need to work. But I wonder if Vu has ever heard of comic book conventions? You think he might just get a few invites in the next couple of years?
Well, that’s if the Communists will let him out of the country with his Batpod. Right now, they don’t even let him ride it on the roads due to regulations. This is the same country that was considering regulations for minimum chest size to drive bikes and motorbikes on their roads! That’s right. They were going to be pulling out tape measures to measure your bust when they stop you to possibly fine you. Gives new meaning to the word busted, doesn’t it? Thankfully, I don’t think it went through.