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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:
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.

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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.

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

What's it like to drive, out of town?

FJ goes to work, using a variety of local roads

What's it like to drive - on ice?

A Voyager moment on late January roads

What's it like to drive?

Some routine camera-on-FF footage of urban usage in Bristol.

2003 Fiat Punto Drivers Seat

I picked up this seat today. Hopefully it will be suitable for my t-max based FF.

2003 Fiat Punto Drivers Seat
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First test ride

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

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Singleshock Phasar V50 Development

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

Mating Hossack to T-Max Lump

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 in Z13 Quasar @ Goodwood 1984

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" .

Royce in Z13 Quasar @ Goodwood 1984

Read This First - Introduction to FF two-wheelers

Introduction to FF two-wheelers

This is different to the technical submissions I've made here about FF's. They deal with specific technical aspects and are based on the development process that started with the Quasar and continues today.

I want to deal here with the response this process has generated from journalists and other people whose background knowledge has come mainly from motorcycles. Some of these people are very knowledgeable about motorcycles, some have engineering backgrounds, others display a level of ignorance rarely found outside journalism.

John Keogh's Sketch for Cedric

Renowned and respected motorcycle designer John Keogh has done a quick sketch of what Cedric Lynch's machine could look like with a bit of styling input.
I had hoped that something like this would be built in time for the second Brighton-London economy run in November 2011, but that didn't happen.
Cedric says that the mirrors as drawn would add much more wind resistance than he would like; he would prefer them more like the ones he has mounted inside his existing machine.

John Keogh's Sketch for Cedric

Blez drives Dolphin Eco at Brno

This action shot was taken from a stills camera mounted on the back of a Czech Eco by Dan Lexa while I followed him around the Brno circuit.
Photo: Dan Lexa, by remote control, July 2009.

Blez drives Dolphin Eco at Brno

Dolphin Eco & MonoTracer

Blez with the beautiful 1994 Dolphin Ecomobile and the first (2007) MonoTracer at a rest area in Germany en route from Switzerland to the Czech Republic for the annual driver training in 2009. I had the rather responsible job of chauffering the new owner of the Dolphin Eco all the way. It was a good run. PNB.

Dolphin Eco & MonoTracer
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