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Reflections on an FF project September 2022

Reaching the unlikely age of 78 I recall that 1978 is the year I engaged in FF development - an attempt to rescue the Powered Two Wheeler from the dying hand of the motorised bicycle and exploit it's unbeatable efficiency in a world where that quality had suddenly become relevant.

Canopy success

Hi Just a few pics to show my eventual success, or at least I am now on solid ground, and though no expert, I can now hopefully reproduce further examples without to much trauma, as required. I would also like to apologize in advance, to Dave Lochead regards the 3 wheel reverse, trike photo, but I am seriously hoping to go into production, and despite my earlier offer on this site, to produce an FF vehicle at virtual cost, had no takers.

Perspex canopy salvage

As the photos show, I have been making a pigs ear of producing the canopies for my Monotraceresque type vehicle, and i am only now, confident of any success, and although i have somebody who may want a few, i am also offering the rest to site members for free, hoping they can be of use to somebody for their own projects, if nothing else the 6mm sheet is £120 a pop, and it may just fit the bill for somebody's own project.

2 Yasa 400 motors and 2 gen 4 size 10 Sevcon controllers

As legend these motors were removed from an abandoned project, and we have been told, they have been set up and run on a dyno, unfortunately we have been unable to glean any further information from either Yasa or Sevcon regards these units, and although we have been able to communicate with the controller, are unable to make any adjustments, despite my engineer having vast amounts of experience, on the low voltage Sevcons, without further firmware, he is unable, to go further, and as nothing has been forthcoming from Sevcon, I have decided to sell, preferably in one lot at £7000 plus vat.

Ashwood Motor and controller now sold

Hi As legend motor and controller now sold, on its way to the States, sadly, not going into an FF, but a KTM 990 Adventure.

Nothing to see here....

Never mind - there are other things to do - carry on....

Eight (Yes - 8!) Old Quasar and Phasar articles

1) Motorcycle Mechanics. September 1977: https://davestestsandarticles.weebly.com/uploads/4/8/4/5/4845046/mcmsep77quasarspx500.pdf

2) Cycle. June 1978: https://davestestsandarticles.weebly.com/uploads/4/8/4/5/4845046/cyclejune78quasar.pdf

3) Bike. August 1978: https://davestestsandarticles.weebly.com/uploads/4/8/4/5/4845046/bike_august_1978_quasar_tt_1978.pdf

4) cycle guide. December 1979: https://davestestsandarticles.weebly.com/uploads/4/8/4/5/4845046/cycle_guide_december_1979_quasar.pdf

POWA Design FF.....?

An Alan Cathcart article on the POWA Design D-10 mentions an FF Yamaha and (?) another semi-enclosed moped. Never seen any pictures 'til maybe now:

POWA Book? Catalog? (Bottom 2 illustrations on cover...) http://files.homepagemodules.de/b17661/pictures_u142_b1ec36.jpg

Different Alan Cathcart article .pdf file: http://davestestsandarticles.weebly.com/uploads/4/8/4/5/4845046/motorcycle_international_november_1989_powa_el_tox_citybike.pdf

PS: I'm not on FB, but Bottpower is - as is their "Torpedo" : https://www.facebook.com/bottpower/photos/5437620896256251/

Ashwood electric motor, and Sevcon motor available

One Ashwood motor, and Sevcon controller, approx 50HP peak, as removed from a low mileage Ford Transit van. I bought this for an FF motorcycle project, but found the wiring was beyond my capacity, and so i just sold the batteries on, and the rest of the stuff was put on a shelf, till i got a better understanding. 5+? years later, i accepted i am still uncomfortable, and so sent it off to an expert, who got it running in 5 mins. I have now gone in a different direction, and with other plans, and so the motor and controller are now surplus, but still located in Bath with Jozztek.

Auto-updates (can be annoying)

OK, so where is the ‘Vert-Voyager’ project now? (see previous blogs for the why and how)

They all do that sir

2014 Discovery Channel FF video...

Just realized that this video was never shared here - just made the video public on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb0jtYGOw2s

Discovery Canada produced that - they were fun to work with.

Looking forward to a lot more fun (And video) of the next one...

Monoliner appears in public!

Readers of todays (Wedensday 11th. May) MCN will be presented with photos and a typically fact-free article on the Monoliner track day race prototype I delivered a few years ago. It'll be at the Peterborough show soon apparantly. Hopefully someone will put up some photos here - could be you if you go to the show.

Identifying the FFs in the FortNine FF video (May 2022)

This is a lengthy series of comments and identifications regarding RyanF9's (Ryan Kluftinger's) video on FFs on the FortNine YouTube channel: 'Feet Forward Motorcycles are Technically Better' which was uploaded on 16th April 2022. This one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk2ou5gt_94
I’ve watched RyanF9’s FF video a few times now, and there really is a lot of good stuff in it. Amazingly, it was viewed more than a *million* times in just four weeks and 4,607 people had commented on it!

Here's a thing

After scrolling through these thousands of comments it was obvious that a reference to Bikeweb was needed. So using an established Youtube log in I submitted such a reference. Twice. With no result. So props to Blez for getting one in, regrettably without mentioning that this site covers All Ffs, not just the Monotracer. So it's not just 'bikeweb' being censored, there's clearly a trick we've missed there somewhere. Maybe someone will tell us.

No Comment required

https://youtu.be/uk2ou5gt_94

(Thanks to Ian for this link)

"Body of blog too short needs at least ten words".

OK. BMW, Honda (Specifically), . I accuse you of corporate cowadice for ignoring FFs. OK?

FF Design Contest....

https://ottonero.blogspot.com/2022/02/ducati-recumbent-dalincibe-design.html

https://www.dalinci.be/feet-forward-motorcycle-design/design-competition

It is already over:

https://www.dalinci.be/design-competition-winners

Funny how interest and enthusiasm for innovation and invention comes from outside the industry...

More blasts from the past.

Some more ancient history. links provided by Rob Horn, the only guy to have actually raced an FF this millenium. Sorry it's not in English, engineering is international.

https://motorollos.blogspot.com/2022/03/quasar-phasar-y-el-movimiento-pies-por_0384871992.html#more
https://motorollos.blogspot.com/search/label/FF%20movement

Self-indulgent? me?!

FJ walk-round video

I should have done this years ago. Would have been better with lighting, camera - and someone who talks proper. Comment if you'd like more (Better than this). It might be useful to builders?

https://vimeo.com/661593045

Happy new year.

Electric motorised biycyle maker compliments old FF campaigners!

Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery, even when the imitators may be unaware, or in denial, about their imitation. So this one is for Charles Neracher, Jack Difazio, and Bob Tait, none regrettably any longer with us, and I am happy to accept this sincere flattery on their behalf.

FOTB returning

A date for your 2022 diary (Covid permitting) is the weekend of 16/17 July at Mallory Park. This is the return of the FOTB run by the VMCC. It is not perfect, but it does allow us to answer the whatever happened? questions of a few interested potential converts; and it gives us a social weekend / checking our latest harware / remembering who we are. I will apply for the club stand. there will be 10 (person and bike) tickets available - preference given to those with a bike. Let me know if/how you are coming: grahamrobb@aol.com

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