Batman & Robin’s BatCycle & BatKart

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We get a fair amount of traffic here at Cars In Depth for our post on the history of the Batmobile, so I know we get some batfans visiting the site. With all the attention the more than four million dollars paid for George Barris’ Batmobile from the 1960s television series has gotten I wonder if that’s going to increase the value of the Batcycle, which appeared in four episodes of the same tv show and the accompanying 1967 movie.

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The Batcycle was built in 1966 by Kustomotive, the business name of Richard Korkes and Dan Dempski, from a design by Tom Daniel based on Dempski’s concept. Yamaha gave them three 250cc Catalina bikes which were used to fabricate the actual tv/movie bike and two show bikes. This was the second “Batcycle” used on the tv series, the first being a more conventional Harley Davidson with a sidecar for Robin.

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Drawing on that sidehack, Dempski gave the Yamaha based Batcycle a real side-car, a 55cc Yamaha powered go-kart that could be released and driven separately. Speaking of separation, pictured here is the actual Batcycle used in the tv show and movie, but Robin’s Batkart is a replica. The authentic Batcycle and Batkart replica sold at a Bonham’s auction in 2005 for $51,750, while the authentic Batkart sold at a 2011 Profiles In History sale for $30K

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