It's probably because of timing (the "now showing" part and all) that the above movie is the first thing that came to mind when I stumbled upon the Harley-Davidson Gran Turismo. Put together by the Swiss guys from Bundnerbike, it has no connection with Blomkamp's work, but it's something that'll probably be appreciated just as much as the flick – after all, the movie was head to head with Barbie at the box office last weekend.
Now a bit about the bike itself. Initially a Road Glide, it got converted into a better version of the Gran American Touring through a series of rather extensive and effective upgrades and modifications. Bundnerbike performed its usual magic on the ride, turning it into a "superior specimen" wearing an entirely new look.
The bike was at the receiving end of a reworked chassis, supported by a new set of wheels of undisclosed dimensions. The front one is held in place with the help of a new fork made in-house by the Swiss, and gets its stopping power from an aftermarket braking system. Elsewhere on the ride a new handlebar can be seen, perfectly matched with the new footrests.
The engine of the Gran Turismo custom ride is the one the Road Glide originally had on, helped in doing its thing by a new exhaust system of undisclosed make.
The thing that makes the two-wheeler instantly recognizable as something that wasn't made as is by Harley is the paint job. A new Road Glide can presently be had, starting from $21,999, in three color choices, namely the omnipresent Vivid Black, a daring Redline Red, and the elegant Atlas Silver Metallic.
We're given an exact name of the color used for the Gran Turismo, but it's a sort of satin gray that works wonders on the bike's body parts, making everything about it look special and expensive. And we wouldn't mind seeing it on the Harley table either.
We're not sure exactly how expensive the bike is, as Bundnerbike is almost never one to tell such things, but you can bet it's a lot more than the starting price of the base bike used in the project. And for good reason, one could dare say.