“Speedster” Bike – Something a bit different

Hello Everybody and welcome to today’s post, and today I change up a few gears as we return to the Star Wars universe. During the past month or two I have had a few extra spare hours as my real everyday life issues settle down so I took the opportunity to re-watch some SW cartoons and indulge in viewing some motorsport. As some of you may recall from my early days blogging, that I am a fan of motorsport and I recently watched some really good MotoGP motorcycling races. That coupled with watching Star Wars and seeing some Speederbikes prompted my imagination to spark. In Star Wars some of the foot soldiers of the Republic Clone Army were equipped with hovering Speederbikes (you may recall the Speederbikes from Return of the Jedi with Luke and Leia chasing Biker Scouts through the forest of Endor). These first generation Speederbikes were called BARC Speeders or “Bike Advanced Recon Commando speeder” and were built by the Aratech Repulsor Company. The bikes looked a bit like this…

BARC Speederbike

These speeders had more fairings and bodyshell coverings than the later era versions in Return of the Jedi and the styling with the grille inlets reminded me of the aesthetics of Formula 1 racing cars of the 1930s/40s. I immediately thought of the famous Mercedes Benz Silver Arrows cars and the Audi Auto Union race cars like these…

So I decided I would design a new Speederbike influenced by these beauties. Believe it or not the following design’s main body was created from just two cubes which I rounded off and contoured. I then did add the extra bits like the seat panel, footrests, handlebar grips and the air intake/radiator grilles. Ok, enough chatting, it’s time to bring my new speeder out for a spin….

Hopefully you will be able to see the Formula 1 racing influence in this design and I hope/think it still looks like a Star Wars universe vehicle at the same time. The speeder has outrigger plates that emit energy to control steering and look like the stramlining wheel covers used on racing cars of the 30s/40s. When the speeder comes to a stop and deactivates these outrigger plates retract into the side of the bodywork so it can be stored for transport in battle cruisers. It features three small engines so there is redundancy if one engine should fail – you still have two good engines running. Now onto Gallery Two and a few detail pictures…

In these pictures you can see the rear bodyshell with black panelling – these panels are access plates for maintenance and areas for storage of a trooper’s equipment (sort of like pannier bags). The seat module has ridges to provide a non slip cushioning for any sized trooper. I added a set of basic handlebars with an array of digital display dials. And this type of bike is famous for hovering rather than having wheels and in the last picture you can see the “repulsor vents” where the energy is released creating the levitating cushion the bike glides on. And as I was riding out and about in my local forest…this bike comes in a nice dark green camouflage pattern! Though I do have a repainted variant which will follow in a future post and it is modified a little…here are the teaser images again…

Ok that was fun racing round my local woodland. And don’t worry this bike doesn’t give off emissions! But sadly I am approaching the end of the track and will need to garage my speeder and this post. I hope you liked this switch from lightsabers. This is the first in a few new vehicle designs I have coming up so I really hope you’ll call back to check them out. There will still be sabers too.

Thank you so much for your time today and for checking this site out. All your support is much appreciated and motivates me to work hard and produce new stuff (I have enough to last till new year I think!). Please leave a like, comment or subscribe if you aren’t already. Till next time….

“Speedster” is a For Tyeth Editions vehicle design inspired by the “BARC Speederbike” seen in Star Wars The Clone Wars series and Rebels. The 3D model and renders were created by For Tyeth/FTSabersite and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2022. All Star Wars names, references and material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm. “Mercedes Benz Silver Arrows” name and cars belongs to the Mercedes Benz Motor Company, whilst the “Audi Auto Union” cars and name belong to Audi.

9 thoughts on ““Speedster” Bike – Something a bit different”

    1. Hello Spira, thank you so much. Every now and then I try to attempt modelling something different rather than just lightsabers…it helps keep me looking at objects from a “different point of view”.
      And apologies I’m late displaying/responding to your comment but WP flagged it as Spam and I nearly missed it! Sorry!

    1. Hello Resa, I thought the race cars from that era were so elegant although they were much more dangerous to race in compared to today’s race cars. The sweeping lines are just the thing for a performance vehicle like a bike. Thanks for checking it out.

  1. I waited till I was home on my pc, as the images are small on a phone. I am most impressed FT. Glad you are doing more than Sabres, I still want to create a robot. Keep up the good work, it’s most inspiring

    1. Hi NT, thanks, so glad you liked the new direction I’ve taken – it’s been like a breath of fresh air. Regards building a Mechanoid there is a freeware addon for Blender called Mech Generator (created by Curtis Holt) that is on Gumroad. Maybe if you can get a copy and get it to work it might provide you with a starting point. Good luck with your droid and let me know how you get on.

    1. Hello Nancy, thanks so much. Every now and then I get the urge to model something other than a saber and this Speeder came about after I had watched some motorsport on TV. I am looking to do more vehicle builds in future but in the meantime, I have a few “custom paint jobs” on this bike I’ll be posting soon.

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