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Genesis meets Bondburger 400

Julian Bond had his first ride in Genesis after a meeting at the IMI in November 2010. He reckoned his subtly modified and well-used Burger 400 still suits his needs better. The Burger 400 has a lower seat than most bikes and scooters, and Julian's is slightly lowered from standard, yet is clearly still much higher than that of Genesis. PNB
Photo by Denise Bond, November 2010.

Genesis meets Bondburger 400

Blez on DN01 at Bedford

You can see from this photo that the DN01 is most definitely 'Feet First'. The seat's a bit high, the bodywork's too low and there's a distinct lack of both weather protection and luggage carrying ability, but there are the makings of a pretty decent 'quick and dirty' FF there, if you could pick one up cheap....Ah yes, the price; could be a problem. The DN-01 is strangely expensive as new.....PNB.
Photo: Paul Blezard photo archive

Blez on DN01 at Bedford

Craig Vetter's latest economy run report

Some interesting results from this competition for lightweight streamliners that may over-excite diesel enthusiasts.

Cedric Lynch in Genesis

Cedric Lynch has another sit in Genesis at Brands Hatch, October 3rd 2010, with owner Paul Blezard standing alongside.
The Agni racebike which Cedric designed had just won the first UK electric roadrace series, piloted by Jenny Tinmouth.

Cedric Lynch in Genesis

Rear View of Quasar line-up 2010

This pic shows a rear view of Genesis and the 4 Quasars while Mark gives a 'team talk' before the 'off' from Hastings to Lewes in the 2010 rally. Genesis (far left) obviously has the highest roof, but it's not so obvious that the red 'QuickaQuasar' roof is also considerably higher than that of the standard Quasars next to it for luxurious increased headroom. It makes a huge difference to the machine's user-friendliness. PNB. Photo: Paul Blezard.

Rear View of Quasar line-up 2010
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2 new FFM in the USA...

There will be 2 new feet forward motorcycles in the USA soon! One will have an Akira style body and the other will have the body of a sail plane for weather protection and higher mpg.

My buddy, Jeff, is making the motorcycles and I (also named Jeff) will make the bodies.

Not much remains to complete the first FFM. A jig will allow the 2nd one to be made the exact same way.

These are modified Kawasaki 500 Ninja motorcycles.

Jeff in Tucson, Arizona USA

Phasar + 2 Ecomobiles in Hastings

Quasars and Genesis to the left, Benelli Adiva and two ancient Peraves Ecomobiles to the right. (Steve van den Berghe and Els van der Hove are standing next to the Ecomobile in which they travelled from their home in Antwerp). The all-white GS1000 Phasar is easy to get in and out of, and poky and comfortable in a straight line, but feels very odd in corners......Photo: Paul Blezard

Phasar + 2 Ecomobiles in Hastings

Genesis & Quasar 02 @ Poole

Paul Blez (left) with Genesis and John Cooper with Quasar No.2 at Poole Quay on the last Tuesday evening in August 2010. Photo: Paul Blezard Archive

Genesis & Quasar 02 @ Poole

9FFs & a 'Bug' in Hastings

4 original Quasars, 2 early Ecomobiles, 1 GS1,000 Phasar, 1 Pegram Genesis650, 1 Benelli Adiva and 1 Bond Bug.
All gathered at the start of the 10th Quasar rally in Hastings, September 2010. Photo by Mags, with PNB's CanonEOS5

9FFs & a 'Bug' in Hastings

Verden Mk1.5 Quasar in 1988

Mark Verden with the 'Mk1.5' Quasar he built in 1987. This machine is a sort of 'missing link' between the original Quasar and Royce Creasey's Voyager and also between Mk1 Reliant-engined Quasars and Mk2 Quasars fitted with non-Reliant engines. It uses a Reliant engine in a Quasar bodyshell but was the first machine to use a Guzzi gearbox and transmission mated to a Reliant motor, as used in the Voyager and also in Mark Crowson's 'Quicka Quasar'. It also has the Bob Tait hub centre steering used in non-Reliant engined Quasars like the Z13 and VF750 Quasar.

Verden Mk1.5 Quasar in 1988

Actual Progess

A lot has happened since my last post. The first thing that happened was that I got actual prices for the billet forks. It turns out that CNC is not that much cheaper in Thailand than in Europe. I guess that makes sense as the point of CNC is to remove most of the labour which is the element that is cheaper in Thailand.

After going through the designs with Royce Creasey and faced with an imminent departure from Thailand, I redesigned the forks from 50 x 25 x 3 mm rectangular section steel.

ZeroTracer Plugged In

The all-electric DesignWerk ZeroTracer plugged into the mains at the top of the Sustenpass in Switzerland in July 2010 a few weeks before it set off in the Zero Race around the world in 80 days. Photo: Paul Blezard

ZeroTracer Plugged In

7 Quasars at Hastings 2006

The largest gathering of Quasars together in one place so far, on the seafront at Hastings, September 2006.
From left to right: Shawn, Govert, Simon, Mark, Richard, Blez, Mike.
Photo: Paul Blezard archive

7 Quasars at Hastings 2006

2010 Cmax, early drive by and park

2010 Cmax motors back to the new garage. No electric drive, no outriggers or full enclosure, just a simple FF.

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Hub Center Steering kit from ISR

I have sent a fax to ISR to find out how much their hub center steering kit costs.

It can be seen at: http://www.isrbrakes.se/products/ns2/

If anyone has information about this kit, or a similar kit, please contact me to let me know.

Thank you!

Jeff Bales
Tucson, AZ USA
monsoon@comcast.net

Genesis vsTmax Seat Heights

Blez in Genesis, Peter Fouché sitting on his standard Mk1 Tmax. This pic shows the difference in seat heights, yet Genesis's 20inch seat height can be lowered by another inch easily by using a thinner seat base. Voyager owner Graham Robb in blue shirt standing and turning round to look at the camera. Colin R and David S next to him, half-hidden. PNB

Genesis vsTmax Seat Heights

Quasar en Carte Postale

I was amazed to discover this postcard of a Quasar, complete with a pretty accurate description of the machine in French, on the back.

Quasar en Carte Postale

Teak MonoTracer @ Brno 2010

This stunning 'teak' coloured MonoTracer was one several new machines in action at the annual driver training in Brno.
It belongs to the German importer. Photo by Blez July 2010.

Teak MonoTracer @ Brno 2010

Tribs in Eco@Mallory

Andy Tribble in his 1987 Peraves Ecomobile. Photo by Blez, uploaded via MacBook Pro from Brno

Tribs in Eco@Mallory
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GoblinFFM

The aerodynamic feet forward motorcycle that I plan to build, after completing the Manga style body for a client, can be seen here: http://goblinmotors.com/GoblinFFM.jpg

This build will take place in about 8-12 months after completing the body design for the client. The client will have an exact copy of the base feet forward motorcycle. I will retain the motorcycle as payment for the work and send the one-off Manga style body to him for attachment to his motorcycle. You've got to love swapping skill for skill!

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