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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.

Back to the Future II - or - Something for Lockdown Sir ?

It was on the way back from a business meeting in Paris, on Voyager; having been down in La Tour Blanche in 2018, that I made the decision, although the idea had been festering for many years.

Background

Monoracer street video

Here's a very recent video of the E-Monoracer driving about a town and motorway. Good quality film, the Monoracer is almost silent.

https://youtu.be/M-I3A4EWDQE This really should be up in "Films" with all the other FF videos

It comes with an announcement that I think is about a demo's at Brno in June/July, some of which have already happened. I'll come back with more info once Ingrid has read it.

Re-invention contiues

Another interesting entry in Electric Motorcycle News;-
https://electricmotorcycles.news/silence-launches-its-new-s02-ls-electric-scooter-in-europe/

The most overt electric "Cargo-Scooter" offering yet. If this continues it seems inevitable to me that FFs will be re-invented by electric scooter manufacturers. None of whome will have heard of Bikeweb, Peraves, Lightning, or indeed the term "FF"

Game on! Lightning enclosed E-FF revealed

Lightning Motorcycles said they'd do an enclosed E-FF this summer - and here it is. You can easily contact Lightning Motorcycles and congratulate them...

No details yet, just a short clip of it passing, sounding electyric an all. Not an unreasonable shape

https://youtu.be/4Sm9znxelrU

Monoracer in action

Here's a video, shot from another vehicle, of a Monoracer doing a gentle lap of the Brno circuit in the hands of it's new, wheelshair-bound, owner

https://vimeo.com/155405950

Peraves CZ brochure

I've got a nice brochure from Peraves CZ, 2mb as a PDF. Pictures, details, vehicle data. All I have to do is figure out how to upload it here. Think I'll have to talk to Julian...

Of course you can get a brochure too, or even arrange a test drive once travel restrictions end, here's the address;-

PERAVES CZ a.s.
Cabin -
Motorcycles
= POWER-EGGS
Zebetinek 90/5
CZ-621 00 Brno-Medlanky
Fon +420 602 555 013
gprochazka@peravescz.com
www.peravescz.com

I have no connection with Peraves, although if the Premium Bond I've had since I was 21 comes up big, I'll be a customer...

More on MonoRacer - Arnold produces

Arnold confirms in a mail that his MonoRacer130kW-BEV is in production with first delivery on the 1st. May, Today. He's implying that the first ten have been ordered for subesquent delivery. I'm hoping to get a copy of the brochure, with pictures, shortly.

Kawasaki - false alarm

A phone call with Kawasaki UK reveales that the Endevour E-bike is just a prototype and there are currently no plans to introduce an E-bike from this manufacturer. They report their customer base is still committed to the petrol driven experience, all 3.5% of them. I'm sure there's a message to be had from this peice of news, in conjunction with the picture of Arnold's E-racer, but I'm not sure what it is...

Arnold announces....

Just had a massive mail from Arnold Wagner, all in German, including documents and some quite lovely pictures of the current E-racer. It may be had news, starts with "Ein Grosse problem...." I'm hoping for a synopsis from Ingrid, anyone else on the mailing list should keep an eye open. Much too big to post here, I'll see if I can extract a picture.

If I was rich I'd buy an E-racer... As I'm not I'll get on with changing the pads on this old Voyager.

Kawasaki show E-bike

This link shows various corporate video's of Kawa's E-bike, basicallky just an electric motorised bicycle but another powertrain option. May not be as tightly integrated as the C-EVO (BMW). A full power option from a major manufactuerer. Seems modular, Looking forward to better picturess.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=kawasaki+endevour&qpvt=kawasaki+endevour&FORM=VDRE

Conventional electric FF

Ive just shortened the wheelbase on my electric ff test mule, over 600mm to make a leg supported FF test mule, so its now the same wheelbase as Royces voyager, thanks Royce, I cant say if its optimum anything, but its a start. The vid ive posted shows you can get your feet up readily enough, and I can maneuver quite easily at walking pace, but as it is, its a recipe for a snapped leg, but seems worth pursuing further, will keep you posted. yours Dave https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKCbd4bAuJk

aerodynamics

Since I have a bit of time off work, I was thinking of putting my bike inside a drop tank to improve the aerodynamics - with a few cut outs for your head and feet obviously - otherwise it would look silly

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AnrTeoVMhHXkrkYKtt_N9XV-bujX?e=yffogz

electric FF 2nd and 3rd outing

High everybody

Enclosed, two seat, Electric FF coming

Richard Hatfield of Lightning Motorcycles has stated, (on the FF facebook page) that his company is working on an enclosed, two seat electric FF. They're very excited about it apparantly. Maybe someone more literate can put the actual page up here - Ctrl C & V doesn't do it. No specifics or dates, but it's easy to send a message to Lightning Motorcycles to encourage them... Lets hope they've done their homework

My Cut N Shut FF Ideas

Hello my fellow FF weirdos.

I’m Scott, here in Southern California.
I’ve read the old FF Web for years, and now this website, but I don’t know if I’ve ever posted before.
Anyway, see what you think about these ideas of mine, and please share your feedback.

I think the frame and swing arm of the Kawasaki Concours14 or the very similar ZX-14 may lend themselves very well to a FF conversion without frame modification, and perhaps using swing arm modifications.

This would certainly be no mild-mannered efficiency special, but a high-torque powerhouse brute.

More on lighting

This relates to the recent posts on altering the light patterns on FFs to make twin headlight patterns easier to identify and range, (eg. "Twin headlights on FFs"). The excellent site https://www.carbuilder.com/uk/, source of everything needed to fit out a motor vehicle, has a range of LED lights and https://www.carbuilder.com/uk/daytime-running-lights looks promising - cheap, easy to fit. (Describe it as "auxilliary lighting" rather than "daytime running lights" to run it with headlights on)

I have a location on FJ in mind, I'll try and post a picture unless someone else does it first.

electric motorcycles, regulations

I've been looking into the regulations invoved in registering a prototype electric two wheeler. Specifically "Motorcycle single vehicle approval" which covers FFs.

It's chaos.

FF motorcycles available for sale

Hi everybody, From my title entry I assume I am at this time the only manufacturer of FF motorcycles in the UK and possibly even beyond. I had hoped to have posted this after forwarding my second outing of my current electric FF project/mule, but this has not been possible due to reasons below, as it would appear for all my hard work I have now been rewarded with another hernia, so it will be several more weeks before I can work properly again hence the delay.

Close, but no banana

Here's another entry from EMN; a Chinese product that demonstrates probably the best example of imagination failure so far https://electricmotorcycles.news/niu-introduces-two-new-electric-vehicles-at-ces-2020/ See, in one entry, a more or less conventional electric motorcycle with moderate range, desgined for urban commuters. See, in an immediately adjacent entry, what would be an improvement on BMW's C.1. lower, electric and in all respects an E-FF - except that it's got two front wheels and it's a tilting three wheeler - and the seat back is shown in the passenger position...

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