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.
Armerican friends report that Craig Vetter, motorcycle streamlinging expert, is (15th. August 2015) unconciouse in hospital with serious head and chest injuries after hitting a deer while riding one of his bikes.
Doctors say "His numbers are going in the right directions" and we must hope that he makes a good recovery.
Wet asses and passes
Moto15 was wet. Not all the time, but more than one would expect for a European trip in June. A tale of an F650GS, two Varaderos and a Tiger 800.
Sign of the times
In the past, a hotel booking for 4 male motorcyclists would provide 4 separate beds. These days you have to be more specific. On more than one occasion this year, we arrived to find double beds prepared.
Early morning at Hythe, for the Chunnel, it was raining.
After many mods and a lot of work the Beast is close to being road worthy.
Still need to finish enclosing it.
Took it out for a test ride last weekend (4-27-15) lots of fun to ride now.
Here is the Video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehtN9yMiWUI.
or Search YouTube for CABIN MOTORCYCLE RIDE and Cabin Motorcycle Test ride.
Doug Koelfgen, Albertville, Minnesota USA
I`ve just insured my ex Pete Lawrence Delta 928 ( Q reg ) with Footman James. I have an existing classic bike policy with various BMWs, and a 1920's flat tank BSA with them. The extra premium was an astonishing £13.25. I think part of the secret is to ensure that they know the bike is a one off, with a custom built body and chassis, and has not been modified since it was built. They didn`t even ask for photographs, as Bikesure ( Adrian Flux ) did last year. Maybe insurers are happier to give cover if it is part of a group of bikes insured.
Here's a short video that Paul Oesten-Creasey put together, showing, not too much. of Monoliner performing at Mira. Looks like cooling shouldn't be a problem...
To see the full picture get on to project leader Colin Russell and offer to sponsor the race project!
In Feb 2015 at a Niche Vehicle Network supported MIRA wind tunnel session, the British designed and built Monoliner race bike recorded an aerodynamic coefficient of drag that was one of the lowest ever demonstrated.
“Getting efficiencies close to the historic benchmark Cd figure of 0.19 at our first attempt is very satisfying” said Monoliner team Principal Colin Russell.
“The figures we recorded are nearly 3 times better than any other current production road or racing motorcycle”. “It is a vindication of the research and development of pioneering FF designer Royce Creasey”.
Just found this site and have been designing a FF moto for over a year. Great to finally see some history with this genre of transportation. Here's a screen shot of my latest. It's an electric with a rear hub motor with 60V, 40 Ah LifePo4's. All aluminum frame and machined aluminum wheels coming in at about 160lb. Proto in process.
Seat base below 20", seat back (just) electric drive. What more could you ask for? Apart from leg and weather protection, the rest of the seatback, proper steering and decent range - but as thousands of people buy motorcycles without any of those features this may be the best you can expect in 2015!
Ok, ok, no seat back/s but it looks really stable - and should be faster than a stock Vespa
Sorry this event take place in France so people are speaking french...
Very rare footage of more than one Voyager in one place at one time. Filmed on 16th August 2014 as we made our way to the (most excellent) party to celebrate Royce's birthday. :-)
The 2010 Cmax will be available for sale shortly - owner no longer able to ride due to disability. It'll come with the complete set of Tmax bodywork and other parts removed for the conversion to FF, a spare new fuel pump, and be taxed and MOT'd.
When it arrives here I have to fit a new speedo drive, then I'll upload a current photo and the details supplied by the owner. If you want to see a picture now there are several on this site - image galleries - Royce Creaseys creations- 2010 Cmax.
I am considering buying a second hand Ecomobile or MonoTracer (and will be visiting Roger Riedener at Peraves HQ next month)and would love to find out what the ownership experience is like. I have quite a long list of questions so a phone conversation might make sense? My no. is 01588 640550.
Following my previous comments about insuring an FF I've been corresponding with Jordan Maddix of Adrian Flux Insurance (Bikesure)
Thankfully, the problem isn't FFs, or my personal habits. It's the thorny subject of 'modification'. Once, if you didn't modify your English motorcycle it wouldn't work. Now it's more like the German model, where 'modifications' largely amount to fitting parts from an 'after-market' supplier. Harley's and their legion of after-market parts are an example.
Here's a feature on Rob Hornes race FF from 'kneeslider' a race magazine that seems unaware that FFs are banned in ACU/FIM motorcycle racing - but not by the MRA. Lots of positive comments, some by familiar English FF proponents. That's the way to do it!
One wonders how long American journo's will go on calling them "Recumbant motorcycles" instead of "FFs"... Maybe they get paid by the letter.
I know everyone with a real interest in FFs, especially all the designers and constructors will be fascinated by these pics of Robs earlier creations, so here they are.
Here's a link to the national organisation of insurance brokers. No great intelligence available on the phone regarding the problems of insuring 'unusual' or 'specialist' vehicles, but it's an avenue to expore for anyone having trouble getting routine insurance for their FF.
Rob Horne continues his new career as the world's only FF racer, here's his report
Pictures to follow in due course.
Good to see someone making FF waves!
Insuring an FF
I've discovered a problem that may threaten not only the future of FF development in England but also the use of FFs currently in use here. It's insurance.
You might expect insurance companies to welcome safer two wheelers especially as FFs have been around as production vehicles since the Quasar. There may not be huge numbers, add Ecomobiles, Monotracers, and Voyagers to the twenty Quasars, throw in the various one-offs and the number of FFs in England is probably still short of fifty vehicles.