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
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
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.
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.
2010 Cmax motors back to the new garage. No electric drive, no outriggers or full enclosure, just a simple FF.
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.
Tucson, AZ USA
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
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!
It's not painted yet, but my GoblinAero commuter is a blast to drive! It holds 5 bags of groceries and the fairings really make it useful. I am an industrial designer that sculpts and molds my own items.
The video of the GoblinAero can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKyQOJmLttI
I will be sculpting a Japanese Manga style body soon for a friend, then I'll shape up an aerodynamic fairing for my own feet forward motorcycle. I'll post more when that project gets started in a few months.
Feet Forward is COOL!
Tucson, Arizona / USA
I like soup. It is a great mid-day pick-up; or a restorative after a long day in the saddle. This year I sampled many euro-soups in our 3000 mile loop through 8 countries. I think it may have been a dubious French soup that upset my intestines for a week after the first night. Nevertheless, from Bouillon to BohnenSuppe and Goulash to Slovenian Jota and Spargeln Creme, we relished in our Gruppe Suppe (Phrase courtesy of Tom, this year’s organiser)
The lure of the Ring
Motorcycle Racing Legend Randy Mamola tries Genesis for size in the Silverstone Paddock on the evening of Day of Champions, 17/6/2010.
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Earlier in the evening Randy was reminiscing about driving an Ecomobile. Photo: Paul Blezard