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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 FortNine's (Ryan Kuftlinger's) video on FFs: 'Feet Forward Motorcycles are Technically Better'. 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 has already been viewed more than a *million* times in only four weeks and 4,607 people have 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

Parking a retired FF racer in a museum, etc - with pictures!!!

How a welcoming museum was found for the retired FF racer, "Thoughts" of FB, next racer progress:

https://rohorn.blogspot.com/2021/12/day-at-museum.html

RIP Frank Williams

Frank Williams, F.1 Race Team founder, World manaufacturer champion. In a wheelchair since 1979, has died.

What's this got to do with FFs? Not much, but he taught me to make F.1 cars (for a start) out of lengths of tube, sheets of metal and buckets of plastic. Best boss I ever had. Voyagers exist because of Frank.

The obvious direction of design - 80 years ago...

Vintagent article on some of the motorcycle related work of Louis Lucien Lepoix. No, his FF ("Moto-Horizontale") never got past the sketch and model stage, but all of the familiar features are there.

The pictures are from the book "50 Jahre technische Ästhetik" - 540 pages! https://www.lepoix-design.com/bestellformular.html

Some interesting older FFs on an interesting site:

Douglas Self's site is worth visiting - a few familiar FFs - and a few that I don't think I've seen here before. The rest of his site is a wonderful time sink...

Two-Wheeled Cars

Bullshit of the year contender

I confidently nominate BMW for Bullshit of the Year award for this entry on EMN.

https://thepack.news/bmw-motorrad-concept-ce-02/

Worth reading for a number of interesting comments, such as bigging up Low CG and using the term 'Feet First riding position'. Anyone launching an electric FF could use much of this blurb verbatim. If I was an optimist (rather than an old cynic) I could almost suspect that whoever writes this rubbish is a closet FF proponent - unlike whoever designed the C/-Evo/04/02

New laptop battery packs for EV FFs

Hi I bought all these pre Covid, all brand new, straight out of the warehouse, as I couldn’t afford a Tesla pack. Work issues aside, I quickly established building my own pack was a very time consuming undertaking on such a large scale, (over 800 packs) and so those of you who know me, I have now invested in Jaguar i Pace modules, as my best option.

Electric FF update

Hi a couple of links on youtube FF 1st ride out and FF 1st ride back with 15 kwh pack, battery's from Jaguar i Pace

something missing?

Astonishingly, BMW have revealed their CE04 electric 'scooter' without having resolved what to do with the tail section. So there isn't one.

Siezing this opportunitiy I will be happy to offer to design, build and fit an FF tail section, complete with seatback, passenger facility and lockable luggage space. For money.

https://www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk/en/models/urban_mobility/ce04.html

Vetrix electric

Hi I don't know if anybody is interested, but their is a Vetrix VX1 Bergman type electric scooter for sale on speakEV the guy is asking £800, (battery's are shot) usually replaced by Leaf cells, and it may just be of some use, to somebody just dipping their toes into converting a basic electric scooter, into an FF. I know nothing about these vehicles, but Winkle Brown Blez has very probably ridden one, and can hopefully give us a full SP on the viability of such a project being a good proposition, or one to miss. All the best Dave

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