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2007: Eco, Quasar, Voyager

A rare sight at the 2007 Quasar gathering: an Ecomobile from Belgium joined the 5 Quasars and a Voyager, plus Monty's Carver. Photo: Paul Blezard

2007: Eco, Quasar, Voyager
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Simon Frankau, ex Quasar owner

This is Simon Frankau with the Quasar he rode at the 2007 gathering. Tragically, his own Quasar was very badly burnt in a fire earlier in the year after a 6 year restoration and over 20 years of ownership. This red Quasar is 002 and was previously owned by the late Nick Roche for many years. At the time this photo was taken it was owned by Mark Crowson but it was later owned by Andy Tribble and he sold it to John Cooper. It is now owned by Gavin Newell, son of the Quasar's co-creator, Malcolm Newell.
The pale green machine alongside is Steve Van den Berghe's Ecomobile. PNB

Simon Frankau, ex Quasar owner
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It has a boot!

Title is being said not with the same intonation as in Top Gear program about the Ariel Atom. Just go see www.youtube.com (search on top gear atom) to see what I mean

It has a boot!
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2007: Shawn G in FHR 942W

Here you have two possibilities:
1) become shorter
2) alter the Quasar to Mark's version with higher cockpit
Photo by Koen Van de Kerckhove

2007: Shawn G in FHR 942W
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2007: Final FF line up

From left to right at Port Lympne: Ecomobile, Carver, 5 Quasars, Benelli Adiva.
Sadly, the Voyager had already gone but you can see it elsewhere.

The Yamaha Xmax and Tmax scooters on the far right can be seen as ... potential future FFs.

2007: Final FF line up
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Mark's QuickaQuasar temporary rear end

This is the temporary rear end of Mark's recently rebuilt QuickaQuasar, put together just to make it road legal for the 2007 rally.
Still has some luggage capacity, lights, plate and so on. But ... it is a lot lighter than the original Quasar version.

Mark's QuickaQuasar temporary rear end
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At the end of the ride

At the end of the ride
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One of the first attempts to have a line-up

Be assured ... not all are there. Like I said: "attempt". ;^)

One of the first attempts to have a line-up
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Marks Quasar rear section

Moto Guzzi changes on Marks Quasar.

Marks Quasar rear section
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Arthur's VF500FF fairing

Another view of the front fairing of Arthur's FF. You can see the tube Arthur added at the bottom. Also note the fabric used to protect the legs of the rider from the heat of the engine. Question: how does this influence the cooling of the engine? Arthur replies: "It's a water cooled engine, so what the heat shields do is funnel air passing through the rad a bit further past the front pair of cylinders. Keeps my legs from getting too hot. I fitted these after I found too much heat on my legs. The indication from the temperature gauge didn't change."

Arthur's VF500FF fairing
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Arthurs FF steering system frame

More view on the frame and you can see how well covered the riders legs are. It feels like your legs are good protected from weather ...and falls.

Arthurs FF steering system frame
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Arthurs FF steering system

Using a frame over the fuel tank, Arthur was able to get his steering backwards. Looks super easy to do yourself.

Arthurs FF steering system
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A centre hub steered front wheel with two shoch-absorbers

Another treasure hidden in Marks basement.
Compare it with Monty's centre hub steered front wheel. It has a single shock-absorber.

A centre hub steered front wheel with two shoch-absorbers
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Mark's lightweight Quasar prior to the 2007 gathering

Mark's Quasar needed some work before the ride. Arthur's help really was appreciated.

For us it was a golden opportunity to see the inside of the motorbike.
Note: Cockpit roof is higher, Moto Guzzi gearbox and transmission, unfinished and minimalist rear section, just barely legal for now. ...

Simon Frankau's burnt out Quasar can be seen in the background

Mark's lightweight Quasar prior to the 2007 gathering

z) Blez's Quasar at Goodwood Revival

The Quasar caused a few people to do a double take at the 2007 Goodwood Revival.
Photo: Paul Blezard

z) Blez's Quasar at Goodwood Revival

z) Ton-up Quasar

Proof that a standard Quasar can crack the ton! Photo: PNB

z) Ton-up Quasar

improved braking?

Interesting site, improvement of steering effort promised. Anyone who understands steering geometery, is it likely to work as well as stated?

Janie O, aka 'Rio'

Janie Omorogbe, formerly the Gladiator known as 'Rio' and now a successful bike journalist and TV presenter, tries my Quasar for size at Donington Park after the Kill Spills rally in May 2007. This photo appeared, along with an account of my trip up from London with 200 other bikers, in the August edition of the BMF's magazine 'Motorcycle Rider'. PNB

Janie O, aka 'Rio'

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Knights of the Round Table ?

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Quasar to Voyager development history

Developing the Voyagers

From Quasar to FJ

This account covers the process of discovery and development that led from experience of Malcolm Newell and Ken Leamans Quasar of 1977 to the Voyager launch at the end of 1989.

It places various prototypes in order and covers the work that was done on each. A recent contributor to the FF discussion group has described this work as "Tales of daring do". At the time it seemed a normal process of vehicle development; forming and testing hypothesis, similar to, and obviously based on my time as an F.1 race technician in the early seventies..

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