During the '80s I helped build a couple of FFs. The first was based on a BSA A50. Basically all that was done was to extend the swing arm, so that a high backed seat could fit down behind the carbs. The steering was linked back to a second steering head where the handlebars were attached. It was a joy to ride, after you'd gotten used to the way it handled and steered. Later it was enclosed in fiber glass. It worked well, visibility was the only shortfall; you couldn't see much over the top of the forks!
Hi guys, especially to some of my old friends like Paul Blez if you're reading this...
I've now owned a Silver Wing for almost 3 years (bought it with 11k on the clock) and covered another 20K+ miles in that time. It has taken me back and forth between Sydenham and City of London every day with occasional trips to Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg etc, without breaking down ONCE!. In fact the only time it has been off the road was for a week after an accident I had with a minicab turning right without indicating. The damage was close to Â£2K but all is well again and the bike looks as good as new.
Has any one any information about an extende wheelbase on any megascooter ?
As promised at Beaulieu, here are PDF versions of the plans used to make the current version of the ComforTmax. As I have an A3 printer at home, all the drawings are that size, so you may have to do something creative if your limit is A4. If anyone wants the (sorry, only 2D) CAD files in DXF or DWG format, please contact me at angib (at) blueyonder.co.uk
All these drawings, except the fuel tank, were made as guides to the guy who did the metalwork on my bike. They are not sufficiently detailed to give to someone to make the parts and they assume you have a Tmax in front of you to work from.
Here's a PDF sent in by Andrew Gibben on steering linkage layout on Funny Front Ends. (FFE)
For photos from the latest gathering of UK FFers, go to 'Events and Meetings' in the Image Galleries section and click on Beaulieu 2005. On a blisteringly hot weekend in June, this entertaining annual event at the historic village of Beaulieu in the New Forest saw most of 'The Usual Suspects' turn up, along with some welcome newcomers. Most notably, Beaulieu 2005 was the first public appearance of Andrew Gibbens' ComforTmax and its superb level of finish was much admired. Originally transformed to FF mode by Royce Creasey way back in 2002, Andrew has spent much of his spare time over the last three years making top-quality bodywork and seating to make a 'proper job' that almost looks as if it could be an official Yamaha option. (For pix of how it looked back in 2002, go to 'Royce Creasey's creations'.)
A bad start with no brakes, and an ignominious end in a van, but the bulk of the trip was a great success (honest!).
As I left for the ferry on the Friday evening, I had just fitted the new rear tyre, which had distracted me from my previous antics - bleeding the front AP calipers - always a problem. The result was discs covered in brake fluid. It was raining steadily, so sharp braking was unwise, but I came over in a cold sweat as I contemplated alpine passes with ineffective brakes. Logical thinking diagnosed the problem as I rode gingerly towards Oxford, so I washed the discs in petrol and restored stopping power.