Interesting look at ultra-lightweight FF performance, and novel engineering solutions.
Here are some ambituous claims, based on believable performance and weight figures. Vapourware?
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The 2010 Cmax seat back transport being moved from solo to passenger positions and back, shot during construction.
A short video shot from the back seat of FJ during a trip to the local airport
FJ goes to work, using a variety of local roads
A Voyager moment on late January roads
Some routine camera-on-FF footage of urban usage in Bristol.
This is a picture after my first test ride. This FF bike will be a AKIRA moive bike replica. It is made from a 2003 Kawasaki 500 ninja (GPZ). I changed the fork rake to match the body of the moive bike but i found out that it is too much and i plan on chainging it back to stock rake. And modifie the body to fit the frame. Jeff
The Singleshock Phasar V50 (formerly known as 'Monty's') in mid-2010
- with Bodywork
- Bare from the Left
- Bare from the Right
- Five shots of HCS after reducing Trail to solve weave-on-braking problem - successfully, it seems.
I thought I'd be able to upload these so they'd be immediately displayed but it looks like you have to go through the attachments. Eddie McD
Here the Hossack front end it being held up while the first pieces of the frame are fitted between it and the engine. The rear suspension has been disconnected to allow the lump down to ride height un-laden. The engine is supported by four temporary legs with adjustable feet. These allow the lump to be levelled. The bottom of the sump is set level and the ground clearance set to the T-max quoted ride height. As shown the wheel base is exactly as per standard. You can see that there is room to reduce the wheelbase.
The new front end interferes with the standard location on the air-box. You can see is sitting on top of the engine. The radiator is unsupported - the lump of wood fell over.
Royce Creasey gets into a full-bore drift with the bodywork on the deck in the chicane at Goodwood Motor racing circuit back in 1984. Although ground clearance was obviously not as abundant as he might have hoped for, Royce recalled recently that "The main problem on that demo was the lack of front brakes" .