Hollywood Style Bigwheel Trike

It comes from the shop of the usual suspects for this type of machine, Shanon & Marc Parker at Parker Brothers Choppers, the duo who brought to you the Tron Cycle Light bike. It’s not a toy, not a “green” e-trike (it’s powered by a Harley Evo 80″), will never be street legal (rear steering by a pair of hand levers), and it got the tallest and most impractical front wheel in the trike biz (45″). So, why? you ask.…Simply because the Parkers want to become the go-to-guys when it comes to designing and building movie and television cars and bikes. Their idol is of course George Barris that one day they wish to replace as the preferred source of Hollywood movie studios. (picture by Karen Parker)

12 Responses to “Hollywood Style Bigwheel Trike”

  1. 1 fluke Apr 2nd, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Guys, if you read this blog, One way of breaking in to the movie vehicle business is to actually be where there are some movie studios. Not many of them in sunny Florida.

    We have supplied parts and materials and done bits for various Batmobiles, Bond cars and other odd movie props, know many of the guys that do this stuff all year round . We used to be midway between half a dozen UK studios, none more than half an hour away. Not difficult to break in if you know the guys that are already doing it, but I wouldn’t want to do it for a living. You work your butt off for 3 months then look for odd jobs until the next big project gets funding approval. You would be lucky to pull average semi skilled wage year round. Most studios already have their props guys, guys that can turn their hand from an RC plane that explodes, build a hero bike or a car, then make odd bits and pieces for the set locally all on crazy short deadlines and it is always short deadlines with instant changes to the vehicles because the director doesn’t like the paint shade or there is a script change that needs a feature adding or removing.

    Location, location, location.

    As for the green trike, Death race 2000 finished filming 36 years ago.

  2. 2 Brother Tiberius Apr 3rd, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I like it, reminds me of the little toy big wheel thing I rode as a kid. Sure, it’s not street legal, but it brings back some good memories.

  3. 3 chopperfreak29 Apr 3rd, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Honestly it looks pretty silly. Not something I’d ride and if I remember right, my old big wheel steered in the front with a regular old pair of forks!lol Barris cars were usually drivable and awesome too. I remember the Bobster trike from a few years ago built in Quebec that looked more like a big wheel and more rideable than this does.

  4. 4 Redman Apr 3rd, 2011 at 10:27 am

    This is built like a “Green Machine” not a Big Wheel. I had the Big Wheel and my neighbor had the Green Machine. I always thought his was cooler, but it could’ve been one of those envy things. Either way, it’s neat… but that’s it. No way Anybody should spend a penny on this thing or anything like it, especially with our economy in the toilet right now.

  5. 5 madpuppy Apr 3rd, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I agree with Fluke ! Been there done that.

  6. 6 Mastiff Apr 4th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    It is a green machine like redman said and I think it is cool,
    nobody I know would buy it. But there just putting it out there for the attention
    I think its a good idea.

  7. 7 Jason Hallman Apr 4th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I think this illustrates why the industry is where it is today….

  8. 8 ereeves Apr 4th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Chopperfreak29, you are correct in your recollection of the Big Wheel. What you are incorrect about is this isn’t one. It’s the Green Machine – NOT the Big Wheel. An EXACT replica of it, as a matter of fact, as far as I can see. Looks FUN!!! Ah – to be a kid again!

  9. 9 ereeves Apr 4th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Furthermore, yes, our economy is in the toilet but no matter how far down the shitter it goes, there are always going to be people out there with money that aren’t going to do anything any different with it than what they normally do – have fun spending it. I don’t think this is something the avg Joe should be saving up for, by any means, but as far as appealing to collectors & having fun building this type item for those collectors, Parker Brothers is just doing what we all wish we could do (love & have fun in what we do for a living) & what the collectors have waiting for someone to do. Dogging them for it isn’t necessary.

  10. 10 Iron Horse Apr 4th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Saw this listed on eBay a couple of weeks ago for the low, low price of 75K. I’ll bet that things a bitch to handle with the rear steer on it. On the plus side, you’re not going to see another one just like it at bike night.

  11. 11 Jeff Nicklus Apr 6th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    This is a Product Liability claim waiting to happen!

    Over & Out,


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