A YouTube video showing two e-bikes converted into Star Wars Speeders cruising around the streets of New York City has gained more than 3 million views on YouTube.
Uploaded to the video-sharing site ahead of Halloween, the footage shows two riders dressed as members of the Rebel Alliance riding one of the craft, complete with mirrors to hide the wheels and give the impression it is floating, to the delight of onlookers.
They then get pursued by someone on a second Speeder dressed as a Stormtrooper, who himself takes on a passenger (the Star Wars Battlefront character Iden Versio), before all four are pulled over by a New York Police Department officer – although not all is as it seems.
Casey Niestat, whom we have featured several times before on road.cc, was involved in the filming and has uploaded a behind-the-scenes video showing how it was made.
The bike on which the Speeders were built is a Super 73 from Lithium Cycles, with the team working after hours and at weekends to bring the idea to life.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.