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.
(See more about MotoGP's favourite charity, Riders for Health, at www.riders.org)
Earlier in the evening Randy was reminiscing about driving an Ecomobile. Photo: Paul Blezard
Here's a professional video showing the newest offering from Peraves. Probably the most efficient EV in existence, and one of the fastest.
Finally became a Quasar owner, 1978 Red Quasar, bought off Andy T. Engine is running well after Andy had a new distributor fitted. I'm going to look at sorting the dash out first and make a list of other jobs to look at later. Added more pictures after three weeks of tinkering.
August 2010, newly painted and with new electronic distributor. Now has driving lights on each fork. Now owned by Gavin Newell and I have the VF750 based mk2, July 2011.
Key Peraves personnel with the first Ecomobile to be converted to all-electric Brusa power, at Brno in 2008. Far left: Roger Riedener (who paid for the conversion to his own Eco, previously powered by a K1100 engine; in the machine: Gustav Prochazka and Dan Lexa, who now build MonoTracers in the Brno factory; Far right: Felix Wagner, first Ecomobile world champion in 1991 and eldest son of Ecomobile creator Arnold Wagner.
Peraves is now jointly run by Roger Riedener and Felix Wagner. PNB. Photo: Paul Blez archive.
Tudor Thomas rode the GPZ1100 Slug to the Isle of Man for the annual TT week in June 2009. It was quite an eventful trip....not least on the motorway getting there. This Blez pic of the beast on Douglas seafront appears in the February 2010 edition of The Rider's Digest magazine. www.theridersdigest.co.uk (The blue Yamaha Ténéré behind is the bike Blez rode to the island and back).
This was the first time I saw a Quasar, 1980 when I was 14. I think the event was at the Police HQ in Preston and even had a Police version. The last pic is a group from the show.
Blez sitting in the repaired Quasar In the south of France after the horrendous crash on the autoroute near Carcassonne in which I hit a Renault 5 which had been carelessly parked on its roof, in the fast lane, at night! Doesn't look too bad, considering, does it? My passenger, the unfortunate Ludmila, was still in hospital at this point, while I was very lucky to get away with a few bruises...(Fortunately she made a good recovery and later became an adventurous motorcyclist in her own right.)
This is Dave Lochead's remarkable Quasar replica, finished in New Zealand in 2009
"Built from a Kawasaki GPz550 UniTrak, and using the donor bike's monoshock system.
Forks are fabricated leading link currently set up for a slight dive under braking
It's probably putting out 55 -58 horsepower, and by my calculations weight is under 200 kilos, it's certainly deceivingly light, and has good power/weight ratio.
Pictures and information, plus a great video, on the latest LSR record breaker
Both these historic machines featured in the Top Gear FF feature in 1988, but not together. The Quasar was filmed here at its home, the National Motorcycle Museum with William Woollard sitting in it, while the Ecomobile was the one I was filmed driving in and around its birthplace in Winterthur, Switzerland.