Support for Feet Forward enthusiasts everywhere

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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.

Clearout

Hi I have just to many projects, so if anybody wants to take this over, they are welcome to it for free. I was obviously going to convert it to a lightweight electric FF, and although i bought a nice motor and controller, ( these do not come with the bike ) it never got started. Basically its a Sachs 125cc just as it is in pics, all the front end has gone, i only had to cut through one tube to set it free, and i may have a few more pieces available, just found a headlight, but you don't get the blue box, i just used headlights to drain battery's for testing.

Even more interesting Peraves video

Anyone contemplating designing, building or buying anything like one of these Monoracers should watch (several times) this video. So much detail. We could have done with camera work like this thirty ears ago!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ9jLYA0830&list=PLVvzYlefm5vagxLGyWBrE_-AZBXkvvYKy&index=4

Caution. May be a bit modern for this site.

long Peraves in-cockpit video

Here's quite a lengthy video from Peraves, all in-cockpit, shot on the road and Brno circuit, a lot in wet conditions. Answers a lot of questions. It's not a racer but it plays well on the autobahn. Very interesting watching the screen clearing rain at different speeds. For many reasons.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVvzYlefm5vagxLGyWBrE_-AZBXkvvYKy

Important news for innovators

You may have noticed, in the Guradian Newspaper (27th. July), a plan to electrify the left-hand lanes of motorways, by overhead cables, for use by suitably modified trucks.

Brillient idea, which I detailed in correspondance with my MP, the D.o.T. and the Road Haulage Association, starting in October 2000. Obviously tyhe D.o.T. rubbished the idea (Lord Whitty) and the RHA didn't bother to reply, but that's not the point.

Now we know exactly how long it takes for an idea to soak through British Industrial and academic society

Elf exchanged for hot meercat (Auto-Voyager followup)

I don’t miss the Elf with the ‘ammer, to be found lurking inside most Guzzi gearboxes; but I have replaced him with a very hot Meercat.

All automated Sergei
As expected, revs are a lot higher, particularly if you want to make reasonable progress; but it’s not like just keeping in a lower gear. The revs rise with the throttle, not with the road speed; then when you come off the throttle, the revs drop away, but the road speed remains. Rather a strange disconnection. Certainly not a set up for hustling around the country lanes. You have to lie back and relax.

Hot Wheels

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

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