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Two emails from Neo-Fukuoka (Kaneda's Powerbike)

The first email is this:

Thank you for an inquiry.
It is under adjustment towards sale. Reservation is due to be started as soon as the production facility of a factory is ready.
Thank you for your consideration.
neo-fukuoka

The second just came last night:

hello.

It is explanation of this motorcycle.

A name is "neo-fukuoka.ver2."
Full length is a little less than 3m.
Engine is 250 cc of a water-cooled single cylinder.
An engine maker is a product made from "KAWASAKI."
The five-step gear of a hand operated clutch (Operation is the same as the
usual motorcycle.)
A front brake is a double disk.
A rear brake is a single disk.
The planned body is a product made "FRP."

Thank you for your consideration.

neo-fukuoka

Safer bikes

I'm passionate about having a choice in everything and that includes bike safety. I bought a BMW C1 4 years ago and I still think it is a brilliant concept and a really enjoyable ride round town. I needed to travel further two years ago so bought a Honda Silverwing scooter and I'd love to see Honda bring out one with a safety cell like the C1. The BMW C1 should have been exempt from the helmet law as its safety features are more akin to a car and it is just stupid to wear a helmet in a belted vehicle.

Mexican FF

Here's a good one. I particularly like the illuminated skull.

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FF Films

Some clips from old TV programmes about FF's and some films of ourselves in action.

Hope you like them.

Voyagers Going Mobile

Voyager news item

Voyager Top Gear test

Design Matters

FF history

Beaulieu Ride 2003

ComfortTMAX

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November 2005.

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November 2005.

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Kaneda-inspired machine 003

November 2005.

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Kaneda-inspired machine 003

Kaneda-inspired Clone (Front Left) 002

November 2005.

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Kaneda-inspired Clone (Front Left) 002

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Honda DN-01.

39th Tokyo Motor Show, Japan (October 22 -> November 6, 2005).
 

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Honda DN-01.

39th Tokyo Motor Show, Japan (October 22 -> November 6, 2005).
 

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Honda DN-01.

39th Tokyo Motor Show, Japan (October 22 -> November 6, 2005).
 

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First view of DN-01 in 2005

Honda DN-01.

39th Tokyo Motor Show, Japan (October 22 -> November 6, 2005).
 
More shots of the DN-01 in the Commercial FFs section, in action on the road and track after it was put into production.

First view of DN-01 in 2005

I James Background

I am a Mortgage Broker based in The Forest of Dean. In my youth I rode a Lambretta Scooter until I was 22 years of age. At age 62 I have returned to scooterring by purchasing a new Honda Silverwing in June 2005. Before I took delivery of the Silverwing I undertook refresher training. I have since taken things steady and now am getting to grips with the bike. The enjoyment derived is tremendous. I attended Peter Billington's open day and was quite impressed with his comfortmax. I would like to say that I am an all weather biker but I may winterise the bike when the road salt appears.

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Name: Kaneda special project (base: Honda Fusion, also called the Helix - 250 cc).

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Name: Kaneda special project (based on the Honda Fusion, also called the Helix, or CN 250).

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Name: Kaneda special project (base: Honda Fusion, also called the Helix - 250 cc).

More in KMC Website: Duca Craftwork page
 

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Low CoG limitations reply

Low CoG limitations reply. This is a reply to David Botting's paper with my comments inserted.

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Limitations of low CG design

Please find attached a written article covering some of the less favourable aspects of low CG design. The article is in part written as a reply to the theories put forward by Royce Creasey in 'Feet First - The Physics'.

Acceleration
The average sports-tourer has nowhere near the amount of power to make wheelies a serious disadvantage. It is only over a very narrow rev range, between 500 - 1000rpm, at peak power and in first gear that such bikes are able to lift the front wheel from the ground (not the same as continuing a wheelie).

This = just a split second. Provided that a modicum of skill and throttle restraint is applied in first gear, the front wheel can easily be kept on the floor without serious loss of acceleration, and who needs to accelerate THAT hard anyway? It is wildly unlikely that a ‘looping’ situation would occur without the direct intention of a wheelie.

Middleton Link and 3-in-line STV

3-in-line STV: A prototype to test the concept, built mid 2002.

Made from a Suzuki 80 step through (free) and a couple of 10” scooter wheels (20 euro). The idea is to test if any of the supposed benefits can be achieved, and what problems there might be in applying these. Middleton Link is a solution to a bump steer problem in this concept.

Benefits are: increased contact patch to unsprung mass ratio, increased contact patch to tyre width ratio, effectively reduced unsprung mass for a given contact patch area, contact with the road with at least one steered wheel on sharp bumps, second tyre running in drier road surface under straight line braking conditions, lower propensity to front wheel traction loss in cornering, potentially lower frontal area and un-steered suspension. Actual mass of the complete system is less than a single Kawasaki GPZ500S 16” front wheel and tyre.

Quasar Meetup

The 2005 Quasar outing will take place in Hastings over the week-end on September 10th/11th. The format will be similar to previous years with us meeting up on St Leonards sea-front on Saturday afternoon from around 4:30pm onwards and moving on to Bo Peep pub for supper. There will be a ride-out on Sunday morning and we'll finish up at the Six Bells at Chiddingly for a late lunch.

All Quasar owners, Quasar enthusiasts, or owners of other Feet-first machinery are invited to join us.

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