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Quasar Mk2 VF750 back on the road

After sitting in a garage for over 8 years I was surprised it started at all, never mind on 2 cylinders. A bit of tweaking by Pete Munden and some fresh petrol, all 4 cylinders fired up. I've now replaced the oil, oil filter, plugs, rat/mouse chewed HT lead and air filters and it starts on all 4 cylinders. I've rubbed down the rust and painted. Passed its MOT 20/8/2011 and is now back on the road. Still plenty of work to do to fix some of the dash clocks/lights and sort cold starting. Bought another 1982 VF750 so I can diagnose what need fixing on the Quasar.

Blez Drives Blue MonoTracer

Paul Blezard driving Roger Riedener's modified blue MonoTracer on the Brno Grand Prix circuit. July 2011.

Blez Drives Blue MonoTracer

On Board a Leaning MonoTracer at Brno

Paul Blezard leans a Peraves MonoTracer hard right into a turn on the Brno Grand Prix circuit at the annual Peraves training, July 2011.
Photo by Steve Anderson of Cycle World, with Blez's Cannon EOS.

On Board a Leaning MonoTracer at Brno

Voyagers in the rain

Some video shot from FJ, compiled by Ian Kew, during a trip to bewilder the Bristol branch of the institute of Advanced Motorcyclists - who turned up in cars...

John Brennan MT wheels up

John Brennan leaving Beaulieu, shortly after 'take-off' or raising his MonoTracer's undercarriage. Photo: Paul Blezard

John Brennan MT wheels up

Genesis meets 2 MonoTracers at Beaulieu Ride In

Beaulieu was the site of many an FF gathering in the noughties at the annual and late lamented Motorcycle World. See here: http://www.bikeweb.com/image/tid/31
The new Beaulieu Ride-In is a shadow of those events, but better than nothing, especially in the perfect weather of 26th June 2011.

Genesis meets 2 MonoTracers at Beaulieu Ride In

Mark Verden. Builder of the last 'Quasar'

Mark Verden died early this month, after a heart attack a few months after his sixtieth birthday. Mark was one of the FF proponents in Bristol in the late seventies who swapped Velecette Venoms for self-built FFs. Mark based his on the last, incomplete, set of Quasar parts liberated by Malcolm Newell after the Quasar project shut down. He was one of several people who demonstrated the Quasar safety performance, in his case by slamming one into the wall at Waterworks in the Isle of Man.

Mark Verden.  Builder of the last 'Quasar'

Somewhere to sit

After initially building a seat mock-up to check ergonomics, I designed the seat sub frame in two parts.



Here are some guys who need motors!

Interesting look at ultra-lightweight FF performance, and novel engineering solutions.

Gyro-balanced FF

Here are some ambituous claims, based on believable performance and weight figures. Vapourware?

Eco + Genesis, Side-On at Zolder

This shot of Koen's 1992 Ecomobile and Genesis at Zolder Clean Week, shows just how long the Eco is. Bear in mind that, at 72 inches, Genesis's wheelbase is some 8 inches more than that of the standard Burgman 650 chassis on which it's based. The Eco's wheelbase is about 112 inches.....Photo: Paul Blezard

Eco + Genesis, Side-On at Zolder
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Beast modifications

Last night I lowered the seat 3" and adjusted the Trailing Arm (front swingarm) pivot back .700" thinking my low speed handling problems are the result of too much trail.
Also went to Deadwood and got a license plate. Have to correct my earlier Blog, the LT is a year 2000 not 1999, also I have 45 years riding experience not 35. Fuzzy math going on when I wrote that (35 years).
Can't wait to try the new setup.
Doug

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First ride

I should preface the following with the information that I live out in the country, my driveway is gravel and a 1/2 mile long.

Took the machine out for the first test drive today, kind of exciting.

Kamm Tail Vetter Helix

Craig Vetter in his prototype streamlined Helix with the tail removed. It's only held on with bungee straps and can be removed in about 30 seconds. (Compare and contrast with the other pix of the machine in this folder). PNB.
Photo by Paul Blezard March 2011

Kamm Tail Vetter Helix

Blez in Vetter Streamliner (Low Seat)

Paul Blezard in Craig Vetter's Honda Helix-based streamliner after a first ride in Carmel Valley. This shot was taken after we removed the seat padding to see what a lower position would look and feel like. Better, in my opinion!
(Compare my head height in this shot with the 'high seat' photo taken on Highway 1: http://www.bikeweb.com/node/2137
PNB Photo by Craig Vetter with Blez's pocket Olympus. 20th March 2011
2013 Update. Note how this temporary plastic bodywork has since been replaced with the much classier looking finished version, in silver.

Blez in Vetter Streamliner (Low Seat)
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build blog AKIRA Kaneda's bike replica

Here is a link to my build blog for my AKIRA Kaneda's bike replica. I will be adding more info and pictures as the build continues so check back every once in a while to get updates. http://tinyurl.com/6fejcbb

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Feet Forward K1200LT

Here is my FF project bike, close to a preliminary test drive.
Any help as to how to build lightweight body work would be appreciated.
DKE

Feet Forward K1200LT

Genesis Meets ZeroTracer in Valence

February 23rd 2011. At the fire station in Valence, in the south of France, Genesis finally meets the ZeroTracer less than 24 hours before completing its circumnavigation of the world in 80 days. The yellow car in the background is an all-electric and British-built Tesla (based on a Lotus) which had been travelling with the posse for the previous couple of days. Both electric vehicles were taking advantage of the 3-phase power available at the fire station, which allows the ZeroTracer to re-charge in 2 hours. See the zero tracer blog for more info.

Genesis Meets ZeroTracer in Valence

Demonstration of the Cmax seat back transport

The 2010 Cmax seat back transport being moved from solo to passenger positions and back, shot during construction.

What's it like to be a passenger?

A short video shot from the back seat of FJ during a trip to the local airport

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