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2007: Pegasus KawaBanana - First ride!

I have succeeded in fitting the original Banana fairing to the red Kawasaki Gpz500s with the Pegasus number plate which came off ebay at £150. Mind you to get the twin disc front end I had to buy an additional German spec bike and swop forks. The build has taken ages but throughout I have had the daily support of Arthur Middleton by email who generously donated the Andrew Gibbens designed ComfortMax tail. The hardest bit was buying a Mig welder and getting up the courage to saw up the swingarm, you feel totally committed at that stage!

  2007: Pegasus KawaBanana - First ride!

2007: Eco, Quasar, Voyager

A rare sight at the 2007 Quasar gathering: an Ecomobile from Belgium joined the 5 Quasars and a Voyager, plus Monty's Carver. Photo: Paul Blezard

2007: Eco, Quasar, Voyager
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2007: Simon Frankau, former Quasar owner

This is Simon Frankau with the Quasar he rode at the 2007 gathering. Tragically, his own Quasar was very badly burnt in a fire earlier in the year after a six-year restoration and over twenty years of ownership. This red Quasar is 002 and was previously owned by the late Nick Roche for many years. At the time this photo was taken it was owned by Mark Crowson but it was later owned by Andy Tribble and he sold it to John Cooper. It is now owned by Gavin Newell, son of the Quasar's co-creator, Malcolm Newell.

2007: Simon Frankau, former Quasar owner
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2007 It has a boot! (Quasar)

Title is being said not with the same intonation as in Top Gear program about the Ariel Atom. Just go see www.youtube.com (search on top gear atom) to see what I mean

2007 It has a boot! (Quasar)
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2007: Shawn G in FHR 942W

Here you have two possibilities:
1) become shorter
2) alter the Quasar as per Mark Crowson's QuickaQuasar modification, with raised roof.

UPDATE: This Quasar is now owned by the National Motorcycle Museum and is on display in the museum's foyer, where visitors are invited to have their photo taken in it. There is a whole folder devoted to this specific machine, which is the same one that I rode to the Bol d'Or in 1984, when it was blue. It can also be seen repainted in red, here: http://bikeweb.com/image/tid/166

Photo by Koen Van de Kerckhove

2007: Shawn G in FHR 942W
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2007: Final FF line up

From left to right at Port Lympne: Ecomobile, Carver, 5 Quasars, Benelli Adiva.
Sadly, the Voyager had already gone but you can see it elsewhere.

The Yamaha Xmax and Tmax scooters on the far right can be seen as ... potential future FFs.

2007: Final FF line up
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2007: Mark's QuickaQuasar temporary rear end

This is the temporary rear end of Mark's recently rebuilt QuickaQuasar, put together just to make it road legal for the 2007 rally.
Still has some luggage capacity, lights, plate and so on. But ... it is a lot lighter than the original Quasar version.

2007: Mark's QuickaQuasar temporary rear end
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2007: At the end of the ride (Quasar).

Update: this Quasar is now owned by Malcolm Newell's son, Gavin. PNB

2007: At the end of the ride (Quasar).
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2007: One of the first attempts to have a line-up

Be assured ... not all are there. Like I said: "attempt". ;^)

2007: One of the first attempts to have a line-up
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2007: Mark's QuickaQuasar rear section

Moto Guzzi changes on Mark's QuickaQuasar.

2007: Mark's QuickaQuasar rear section
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2007: Arthur's VF500FF fairing

Another view of the front fairing of Arthur's FF. You can see the tube Arthur added at the bottom. Also note the fabric used to protect the legs of the rider from the heat of the engine. Question: how does this influence the cooling of the engine? Arthur replies: "It's a water cooled engine, so what the heat shields do is funnel air passing through the rad a bit further past the front pair of cylinders. Keeps my legs from getting too hot. I fitted these after I found too much heat on my legs. The indication from the temperature gauge didn't change."

2007: Arthur's VF500FF fairing
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2007: Arthur's VF500FF steering system frame

More view on the frame and you can see how well covered the riders legs are. It feels like your legs are good protected from weather ...and falls.

2007: Arthur's VF500FF steering system frame
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2007: Arthur's VF500FF steering system

Using a frame over the fuel tank, Arthur was able to get his steering backwards. Looks super easy to do yourself. KvdK

2007: Arthur's VF500FF steering system
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2007: A hub-centre steered front wheel with two shock absorbers (Z13 Phasar)

Another treasure hidden in Mark's basement. The 'SEV' Z1300-powered Phasar with Tait hub-centre steering.
Compare it with Monty's V50 Guzzi Tait HCS front wheel, which has a single shock-absorber.

2007: A hub-centre steered front wheel with two shock absorbers (Z13 Phasar)
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Mark's lightweight Quasar prior to the 2007 gathering

Mark's Quasar needed some work before the ride. Arthur's help really was appreciated.

For us it was a golden opportunity to see the inside of the motorbike.
Note: Cockpit roof is higher, Moto Guzzi gearbox and transmission, unfinished and minimalist rear section, just barely legal for now. ...

Simon Frankau's burnt out Quasar can be seen in the background

Mark's lightweight Quasar prior to the 2007 gathering

Blez's Quasar at 2007 Goodwood Revival

The Quasar caused a few people to do a double take at the 2007 Goodwood Revival. Strictly speaking, it was over a decade too 'young' to be allowed inside the hallowed gates, but when I turned up in it, an appreciative marshall said "Oh, I think that should be inside!" and just waved me in! I parked it near the main gate, and it was on display there all day. PNB
Photo: © Paul Blezard

Blez's Quasar at 2007 Goodwood Revival

z) Ton-up Quasar

Proof that a standard Quasar can crack the ton! (Half way down the left hand side of the Garmin's screen, under MXSPD you can see the figures 101.2; that's 101.2mph).
Photo: © Paul Blezard

z) Ton-up Quasar

improved braking?

Interesting site, improvement of steering effort promised. Anyone who understands steering geometery, is it likely to work as well as stated?

Janie Omorogbe, aka 'Rio' the Gladiator!

Janie Omorogbe, formerly the Gladiator known as 'Rio' and now a successful bike journalist and TV presenter, tries my Quasar for size at Donington Park after the Kill Spills rally in May 2007. This photo appeared, along with an account of my trip up from London with 200 other bikers, in the August edition of the BMF's magazine 'Motorcycle Rider'. It was also used to illustrate my little box-out on FFs for MCN, a decade later. (See elsewhere in this folder). PNB
Photo: © Paul Blezard

Janie Omorogbe, aka 'Rio' the Gladiator!

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