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Bikeweb is all about Feet First Powered Two Wheelers - FFs for short - of one sort or another; from Quasars and Phasars to modified superscooters and even FF racing mopeds. From Kaneda’s animé fantasy bike in Akira, to real world, Reliant-engined Voyagers. There's all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff here, past, present and futuristic; one-offs, prototypes and things that actually made it into series production. And they come from all over the world: Swiss Ecomobiles and MonoTracers, American Alligators and Neracars, French Monotraces, German NSUs, Czech Dalniks, British Avros, Wilkinsons and Whitwoods and Japanese custom scooters. From fully enclosed and all-electric with outriggers, to roofed but open-sided, through aerodynamic but open-topped, to bodywork-free and stark naked. You name it; if it's FF, or related in some way, you'll probably find it here somewhere – or at least a link to where you can find it.

There's more information about how this website works and a potted history of FFs below if you click on 'Read More', but for a technical description read Royce Creasey's Introduction to FF two-wheelers entitled 'Read This First'. (It's the first item in the left hand column below 'Book navigation'). If you're looking for a particular machine or marque, the quickest way to find it is probably to do a search for it in the very top right hand corner of this home page; type the name or names into the white box next to 'Search this site:' and then click on 'search' just below the box.

Further non-FF news

This is for the people who follow this site for whatever reason - but either don't know or don't care what an FF two wheeler is. (Hint. This is not an FF)

https://electricmotorcycles.news/dutch-innovation-unites-car-with-scooter-the-carver/

homemade FF bike

I made this bike a few years ago. Hope you like it.

homemade FF bike

Tony Foale experimented with steering rake using tellies. Each time he steepened the rake, the better the bike steered. The last experiment used a vertical steering head. But when he braked, he got an unholy judder. I went one step further with a negative rake. It steers lovely and there is no dive, and no judder on the brakes. If you can't join 'em, beat 'em.

https://youtu.be/ECzFlrXNry8

Cedric & PNB's Electric FF Challenges! (In BDN, Feb 2018)

Below is the text of Cedric Lynch’s letter to British Dealer News, printed in the February 2018 edition of BDN and illustrated with a John Mockett cartoon and a photo of Cedric with his electric streamliner, (built in 1991 and on the road since 1992). It is reproduced here with Cedric’s permission.
You can also see a reproduction of the letter and cartoon, along with photos of the TT winning Agni and many photos of Cedric and his streamliner in the Cedric Lynch folder here: http://www.bikeweb.com/image/tid/57

UK-reg Peraves Monotracer for sale

UPDATE 13th April 2018 David HAS SOLD his UK-registered PERAVES MONOTRACER

These are the details: 1st Registered 2009 - 1 Owner - 16,000 miles. Powered by BMW K1200 engine.

Air conditioning, ABS, electric start, electric tilting roof, heating, radio/cd player, traction control, windscreen wipers.

Enjoy exhilarating performance and still talk to your passenger! Top speed: 150+mph; 0 - 62 mph in 4.8 sec and up to 60 mpg!

Peraves cat amongst the pidgeons on EMN

Peraves has arrived on Electic Motorcycles News with some nice pictures of their latest offering, significantly raising the bar amongst the rather mundane electric motorised bicycles found on that site. Arnold giving a new generation of would-be vehicle designers something to think about!
https://electricmotorcycles.news/discover-the-power-of-electric-cabin-motorcycles/

Peraves back with news of E-powered Monoracer

For people with deep pockets who can't be doing with all this primitive open-cockpit, petrol driven FF nonsense, Peraves now have their brochure for 2018, offering the most efficient production vehicle on earth, the all electric Monoracer for only 79,500 Euro. plus a selection of second hand Monotracers using the BMW K1200 motor for rather less money. Accurately described as the worlds only premium class cabin motorcycle.

For further information www.peravescz.com

RIP Dan Gurney. 1931-2018

RIP Dan Gurney. 1931-2018. One of the all-time greats of American and World Motorsport has passed. But what a great life, lived to the full for 86 years. Among countless other victories, Dan won the 1,000km race at the Nürburgring with Stirling Moss in 1960; in 1967 he became the only American to win a Formula 1 race in a car designed and built by his own company and the same year started the tradition of spraying the champagne when he won the Le Mans 24 hour race with AJ Foyt. He introduced full face helmets to both Indy cars and F1.

Pre-1978 bikes go MOT-free in May 2018

My VMCC magazine* tells me that as of next May, bikes over 40 years old will become MOT exempt**, and this will roll on every year maintaining the 40 year period. This does not apply to modified vehicles or Q-plated vehicles (damm!).

This should make keeping early Quasars on the road easier at least.

Royce

*both I and my bike are over 25 years old, it's the obvious club to join, insurance discounts, news, easy outrage.

EICMA 2017 - Electric Motorcycle Review

A little bit late but as Ive only just joined this forum I thought I would make a contribution

C-Evo. Is it even real?

There are several really good technical reports on BMW's very advanced E-powered scooter. It does seem to have all the power management features needed in a two wheeler and the i-3 car the software was developed from is a really nice drive. Performance, speed, range and so on, are all first class for current battery technology and bound to improve. Only the eye watering price, for what is basically a large scooter, is a deterrent.

https://electricmotorcycles.news/royce-creasey-opens-a-new-perspective-on-two-wheeler-dynamics/

A link you may have missed, having not selected 'read more'. Other FF advocates may like to contribute..

More from Electric Motorcycle News!

It's obviously time for electric FFs to spread their wings! Good to hear of Dave Arthurs project, another person who's found the Niche Vehicle group ("promoting disruptive low carbon vehicles") completely useless, but pressed on regardless - Monoliner is still moving towards first run.

Electric FF motorcycles for sale

Hi everybody I wasn't going to break cover before i had more to show, but with all the current activity on site re looking for an FF, on yahoo, and electric motorcycles on bikeweb, here goes.

Electric motorcycles

I recently came across this 'publication'* that might interest anyone with an interest in the future, rather than the past - https://electricmotorcycles.news/

Regrettably it is all about electric motorcycles, they're another group that's never heard of FFs, including E-tracers and the X-prize. But anyone can put them right on that, perhaps by sending them links to this very site. You won't be the first to do this but don't let that hold you back!

Royce

*Through linkedin. Imagine that!

Bob Tait 1935-2017, in Memoriam

Bob Tait. 1935-2017
in memoriam
Bob Tait, engineer and innovator, responsible for key developments of the 'double wishbone' hub centre steering system pioneered by Jack Difazio, died peacefully at home on the 16th July 2017.

difazio hub available

This no longer available, bought by a group member: I saw a Difazio-style hub for sale at the Kempton jumble yesterday.. It is VERY similar in appearance, but seller said made by someone near Swindon. It has a 40 spoke ,18 in alloy rim/tyre, and axle, but no caliper mounts or anything else. Seller is open to offers. I would say it is in very good condition, no bearing noise etc. Please contact me if interested. Jan. 07939 123555.

Not even on the plain (not FF)

What goes around comes around – as they say. For all the wet Euro-tours we have had, it was certainly time we had a dry one. In 17 years of trips, this must have been the first time it never rained on us at all. Tom and Steve on big Varderos, Mike on Triumph 800 Tiger and me on the BMW F650GS

El Roadmaker

New owner Goldwing Phasar

Hi Everybody just to let you know, i am the new owner of the Honda Goldwing Phasar recently advertised on this site, i am hoping to eventually put it back on the road, but it is unlikely to be fitted with a leadwing engine, possibly even electric drive. If anybody can tell me any info re the bike ie, original length of front spring/dampers, and approx spring rates, and any more info on Tait front end would be appreciated. thanks in advance yours Dave Arthur

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