I ride. Whenever I can, wherever I can. I’m fortunate enough to live in California, which means that I even rode in on this chilly December morning, while other parts of this Great Nation of ours looked out the window at rain and snow. I love the freedom of being on a motorcycle, the connection between man and machine and road. I also love video games and Resident Evil. Until right about now, these two interests — motorcycles and Resident Evil — didn’t have much of a connection.
Capcom has recently partnered with production company Hollywood Inc and custom motorcycle craftsmen Savage Cycles and we’re pleased to give you a sneak peek at the first fruit of this crazy union: the Resident Evil Chopper. Based in Frostburg, MD, Savage Cycles has been bending steel and spraying paint on custom bikes and hot rods for over 15 years. These guys have produced some amazing choppers, the kind of wheels that make bikers drool. And as you can see from the first design sketch, they’ve nailed the feel of RE in chopper form.
More details and more pictures after the jump. You must check this out!
We work on a lot of different, crazy licensed products here at Capcom, but as a rider, this is the one that I am most excited about. Savage will be creating an extremely limited number of these bikes that you’ll be able to purchase! This isn’t some crazy corporate bike being built for display instead of riding. Instead, this is an awesome piece of Resident Evil merchandise that you can fire up and take out on the open road.
Once Capcom and Savage struck the deal to create the RE Chopper, our two groups immediately began talking about ideas and themes for the form that the chopper would take. We decided that the over-all theme of the bike would be a post-apocalyptic zombie murdering machine, just the sort of thing a heavily-armed member of STARS would jump onto and blast into the middle of a runaway zombie crisis.
Compare the final design image on the left to the early stages of the bike’s creation and you can see where we’re going with this project. The bike is low-slung and mean, armored but fast, with quick access to a number of “weapons” and items, such as an airsoft shotgun and pistol, “health sprays” and a combat knife strapped to the front fork. The exhaust pipes will be wrapped in heat-resitant black tape and slot into the armored fairing along the right side of the bike. The front tire is narrow as a stiletto for quick turns, while the back wheel is as wide as a country road overrun by slavering undead. The finished product will also sport subtle Capcom, STARS and Resident Evil logos and details painted on to various spots.
Here’s more shots from the build…
This is the bare, original frame that Savage chose to use as the basis for the Residen Evil Chopper. Notice how sharp and deadly it looks, even before the engine is slung in.
Here’s a front-on view of the bike as it’s coming together. The forks are shined up, the narrow wheel on connected and the drag bars have been attached to keep this monster pointed in the right direction.
Here’s an example of one of the many cool custom bits being added to the bike: a twinned set of spikes bracket the front wheel, all the better for STARs agents to shred zombies as they rip through the horde.
Savage is building out a really unique fairing for the headlight. This is all custom metal that they are cutting and shaping just for the bike.
Savage is hard at work on the bike, with the end goal of finishing up this first bike by the beginning of January. We’ll continue to update with more pictures of the build and the final project as we go forward. Can’t wait to hear what this thing sounds like when it’s fired up!