Mark Verden with the 'Mk1.5' Quasar he built in 1987. This machine is a sort of 'missing link' between the original Quasar and Royce Creasey's Voyager and also between Mk1 Reliant-engined Quasars and Mk2 Quasars fitted with non-Reliant engines. It uses a Reliant engine in a Quasar bodyshell but was the first machine to use a Guzzi gearbox and transmission mated to a Reliant motor, as used in the Voyager and also in Mark Crowson's 'Quicka Quasar'. It also has the Bob Tait hub centre steering used in non-Reliant engined Quasars like the Z13 and VF750 Quasar.
A lot has happened since my last post. The first thing that happened was that I got actual prices for the billet forks. It turns out that CNC is not that much cheaper in Thailand than in Europe. I guess that makes sense as the point of CNC is to remove most of the labour which is the element that is cheaper in Thailand.
After going through the designs with Royce Creasey and faced with an imminent departure from Thailand, I redesigned the forks from 50 x 25 x 3 mm rectangular section steel.
The largest gathering of fully operational, road-legal Quasars together in one place so far, on the seafront at St.Leonard's, near Hastings, September 2006.
From left to right: Shawn, Govert, Simon, Mark, Richard, Blez, Mike. After this photo was taken we all rode to Brighton for the Burn-up.
Photo: Paul Blezard archive
2010 Cmax motors back to the new garage. No electric drive, no outriggers or full enclosure, just a simple FF.
I have sent a fax to ISR to find out how much their hub center steering kit costs.
It can be seen at: http://www.isrbrakes.se/products/ns2/
If anyone has information about this kit, or a similar kit, please contact me to let me know.
Tucson, AZ USA
Blez in Genesis, Peter Fouché sitting on his standard Mk1 Tmax. This pic shows the difference in seat heights, yet Genesis's 20inch seat height can be lowered by another inch easily by using a thinner seat base. Voyager owner Graham Robb in blue shirt standing and turning round to look at the camera. Colin R and David S next to him, half-hidden. PNB
The aerodynamic feet forward motorcycle that I plan to build, after completing the Manga style body for a client, can be seen here: http://goblinmotors.com/GoblinFFM.jpg
This build will take place in about 8-12 months after completing the body design for the client. The client will have an exact copy of the base feet forward motorcycle. I will retain the motorcycle as payment for the work and send the one-off Manga style body to him for attachment to his motorcycle. You've got to love swapping skill for skill!
It's not painted yet, but my GoblinAero commuter is a blast to drive! It holds 5 bags of groceries and the fairings really make it useful. I am an industrial designer that sculpts and molds my own items.
The video of the GoblinAero can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKyQOJmLttI
I will be sculpting a Japanese Manga style body soon for a friend, then I'll shape up an aerodynamic fairing for my own feet forward motorcycle. I'll post more when that project gets started in a few months.
Feet Forward is COOL!
Tucson, Arizona / USA
I like soup. It is a great mid-day pick-up; or a restorative after a long day in the saddle. This year I sampled many euro-soups in our 3000 mile loop through 8 countries. I think it may have been a dubious French soup that upset my intestines for a week after the first night. Nevertheless, from Bouillon to BohnenSuppe and Goulash to Slovenian Jota and Spargeln Creme, we relished in our Gruppe Suppe (Phrase courtesy of Tom, this year’s organiser)
The lure of the Ring
Motorcycle Racing Legend Randy Mamola tries Genesis for size in the Silverstone Paddock on the evening of Day of Champions, 17/6/2010.
(See more about MotoGP's favourite charity, Riders for Health, at www.riders.org)
Earlier in the evening Randy was reminiscing about driving an Ecomobile. Photo: Paul Blezard
Here's a professional video showing the newest offering from Peraves. Probably the most efficient EV in existence, and one of the fastest.
Finally became a Quasar owner, 1978 Red Quasar, bought off Andy T. Engine is running well after Andy had a new distributor fitted. I'm going to look at sorting the dash out first and make a list of other jobs to look at later. Added more pictures after three weeks of tinkering.
August 2010, newly painted and with new electronic distributor. Now has driving lights on each fork. Now owned by Gavin Newell and I have the VF750 based mk2, July 2011.
Key Peraves personnel with the first Ecomobile to be converted to all-electric Brusa power, at Brno in 2008. Far left: Roger Riedener (who paid for the conversion to his own Eco, previously powered by a K1100 engine; in the machine: Gustav Prochazka and Dan Lexa, who now build MonoTracers in the Brno factory; Far right: Felix Wagner, first Ecomobile world champion in 1991 and eldest son of Ecomobile creator Arnold Wagner.
Roger Riedener and Felix Wagner went on to run Peraves. PNB.
Photo: © Paul Blezard