I’m not sure who does the Dasani Air street art — which has been floating around the east village since 2013 — but this one (spotted on Bowery just below Houston) was new to me. I’ve seen it with Queen Elizabeth sucking on a canister of Dasani Air (clearly parody of Coca Cola brand’s Dasani Water) but Batman is pretty popular as well.
Built from a 1966 Yamaha Catalina (YDS-3) 250, the Batcycle features a side car with a portable go-cart resting on it for Batman’s sidekick, Robin. The entire Batcycle and side car are handsomely customized in black and white colors with a Batshield molded into the fairing (the shell placed over the frame) and fender guard. Not only is the Batcycle a hugely modified Yamaha Catalina 250, but Robin’s cart, which is an integral part of the Batcycle rig, is powered by a 55cc, electric start, Yamaha three speed engine. The bike was designed by Tom Daniel and built in 5 days in April 1966 by Richard “Korky” Korkes and Daniel Dempski, doing business as Kustomotive. Yamaha gave them three black motorcycles, so they could build one “hero” bike and two copies. The basic design of the fairing came from a Yamaha.
Photographed at the Amazing Automobiles Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
I had to look at this photo for a few seconds before I saw past the ornate, neo-Rococo frame to recognize the familiar Batman icon making up the actual mirror itself. Very cool! Created out of hand-molded, painted gypsum from a 2008 design by Stanislav Katz, this conversation-starting mirror comes standard in black, vintage gold or white (with other colors available on request), and measures just over 32-inches wide by 27-inches high. The sale price for one of just five mirrors currently available is $320 (not too dear really, considering) with shipping (from Latvia!) setting you back another $120. Purchasing information can be found at This Link!
Thanks to Thrillist for the Tip!