Malcolm Newell's Creations

  • Richard B riding his GW Phasar in 1988

    Gold Wing Phasars

    Malcolm Newell built several Phasars powered by Honda's flat four cylinder engine from the Gold Wing 1,000. One of them has recently been converted to electric power.

    There are 11 images in this gallery.

    Last updated: 06-Feb-20 12:58am

  • Tilter (rear view)

    Malcolm Newell's Tilting 3-wheeler

    Malcolm Newell's final project – a tilting 3-wheeler.

    There are 4 images in this gallery.

    Last updated: 10-Oct-23 12:20pm

  • Blez rides The Slug

    The GPz1100 'Slug'

    The rear-engined beast built by Malcolm Newell in the 1980s. The motor is from a Kawasaki GPz1100 and the hub centre steering is the Bob Tait design. Tudor Thomas has owned the machine since the 1990s.

    There are 6 images in this gallery.

    Last updated: 22-May-22 10:00am

  • Mark Crowson & GS1000 Phasar in 2004

    The GS1000-powered Quasar that became a Phasar

    This machine started life as a Suzuki GS1000-powered Quasar but the original owner couldn't get on with the roof, so Malcolm Newell removed the roof and turned it into a Phasar. Mark Crowson has owned it for many years and has spent a lot of time and effort trying to improve its strange handling, but while it's fine in a straight line, and entirely rideable, it has never gone around corners in the reassuring way that most of the other Tait hub-steered machines do. PNB

    There are 3 images in this gallery.

    Last updated: 14-Nov-23 6:28pm

  • Side view of XZ550 Phasar in 2022

    XZ550 Yamaha Phasar

    The only FF Malcolm Newell ever built based on Yamaha's XZ550 Vison 4-stroke V-twin from the early 1980s.

    There are 3 images in this gallery.

    Last updated: 02-Sep-22 3:35pm

  • Blez in Last Quasar, Easter 2022

    'The Last Quasar' – Mk2, Tait HCS steering, Suzuki GS-powered

    This Mk2 Quasar is probably the last one built by Malcolm Newell, since it was not finished by him. The earliest photos here were taken when it was displayed at the Calne Bike Meet in 2009.
    In 2016 it was bought by John Bruce, who got the engine running.
    In 2020 John sold it to Mike Ryan who did a magnificent job of finishing the build and putting it on the road. It was featured in MCN in early 2022 and sold soon after Easter 2022.

    There are 13 images in this gallery.

    Last updated: 23-Apr-22 4:37pm

  • Malcolm & two Phasars in Heddington

    Yamaha LC-powered Phasars

    Malcolm Newell built several Yamaha two stroke twin-powered Phasars, all with Twin Head Steer; a 250 2-seater and two single-seat 350s.

    There are 4 images in this gallery.

    Last updated: 28-Dec-19 2:56pm

  • Chris Baker in VF750 Quasar with Panniers, in Köln, 1986

    Honda VF750 Quasar (1986)

    Probably the best marriage of a modern motorcycle engine with the classic Quasar shape, further enhanced by the use of a Bob Tait hub centre steering system. Honda's V-Four shaft driven motor could almost have been designed for the Quasar! Malcolm built this machine in 1986 and it was revived and refurbished by John Cooper in 2011 after languishing in a garage for many years. As can be seen here, modifications included a subtle raising of the roof for more headroom, (as previously done by Mark Crowson on the QuickaQuasar). PNB

    There are 9 images in this gallery.

    Last updated: 26-Dec-16 2:55pm

  • HCS Moto Guzzi in MCN (1982)

    Moto Guzzi-based Phasars & Quasars

    Malcolm Newell's Phasars and Quasars powered by Moto Guzzi engines. There are two V50s here (one of which is now a V75), a Le Mans and a Convert 1000, fitted with both Tait hub-centre steering and Malcolm's own Twin Head Steer design.

    There are 26 images in this gallery.

    Last updated: 04-Nov-23 10:36pm

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    Quasar Brochure

    There are 6 images in this gallery.

    Last updated: 15-May-09 5:07pm