Wednesday, 17. December 2014
25. 07. 14. - 16:30
A sci-fi fan who spent his life savings getting hold of one of the light cycle motorbikes from the "Tron Legacy" film has been told he is not allowed to ride it on the streets in his Chinese homeland.
Xiao Yu, 32, spent 100,000 GBP to buy the bike from the previous owner in America and have it shipped over to China, but once it arrived at his home in the city of Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province, he was told it did not fulfil the necessary criteria to get a licence for use on the road.
He said: "I calculated that I'd be able to get the money back from renting it out to put on display at shows and exhibitions around the country, especially those that are sci-fi themed. It's a bit of a blow though that I can't ride it there, and I will have to ship it on a lorry each time. I can still make a profit but it's not as much as I'd hoped and it's not as much fun owning it if I can only ride it in the car park and not to events."
Nevertheless the bike, which is one of five that were made for the film, is still in demand and has already been signed up for its first appearance, at the China Joy video game expo in Shanghai next week.
Yu said: "It looks really fantastic although it obviously isn't as high-powered as it seems on the film. It runs on electricity and takes about three hours to charge, and the person I bought it from told me it had a top speed of around 120 mph. I must admit that although it looks great, it's not comfortable to ride and it's really difficult to make turns with it."
He said that his light cycle, known to Chinese fans of the film as a Telong, had come onto the market by chance and he knew that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He said: "Of the five that were made the film, two were broken up during the filming, and one was given to the director's girlfriend as a gift and that is also apparently now no more. The fourth was broken while being used in the PR for the film. The pink one which I purchased is in fact the only one left now."
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