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Adding a Volvo seat back to an AN400K3

I've posted a load of pictures to Flickr of my attempt at adding a Volvo seat. Click on each picture and you'll see lots of annotations describing the detail.

After much hacksawing, cursing and abuse of power tools, I now have a Volvo seat
mounted on my Burger400K3. Lessons I've learnt:-

- I'm crap at this metalwork stuff

- I should have listened to Royce, the Volvo 340 seat is the best. I was seduced by the fake leatherette of the seat from a bigger model but it doesn't work so well in this application. The problem is the mounting mechanisms on both sides are a good 4 to 5cms lower relative to the seat.

HYDRO-HONDAS! (MCN article, 2005)

Honda reckon their hydrogen fuel cell bikes will be with us in four years

PRODUCTION fuel cell bikes are likely to resemble Honda's FC Stack concept

By Ben Purvis

Honda has announced it will have fuel cell powered motorcycles in production by the end of the decade but we won't be able to buy them for a while after that.
The huge cost of fuel cell technology means that Honda will instead lease the bikes at hugely subsidised rates, giving specially selected riders access to prototype machines worth millions of pounds for around the same cost as buying a normal bike on finance.
Last month, the firm did the same thing with its latest fuel cell car prototype the FCX. Worth an estimated £1.2 million, the FCX has beer) leased to Jon and Sandy Spallino of Redondo Beach, California, for just £250 per month. They'll use it for two years before it goes back to Honda to be ripped apart, allowing engineers to see how it has coped with real world use.

Reactive Aerodynamics (MCN article, 2005)


Fairings of the future...

Firms test ‘intelligent’ bodywork that will automatically adapt itself to your riding

By Dan Tye

FORGET plain old plastic fairings and fixed windscreens the next step in bike evolution will come from automatically moving panels fitted to bikes to make them turn faster and be more stable.
Secret plans by Yamaha and Honda to examine the technologies are well underway. Honda has already carried out research into placing aerofoils into the tail unit of the FireBlade to increase the downforce on the rear tyre.
Yamaha's Jiro Izaki, the man behind such landmark motorcycles as the R7 and R 1, is also interested in the emerging technology: He said: "Aerodynamics is always something we need to be thinking of. I am very interested in how aircraft use the air moving around them to make them work better. A motorcycle could use the air in a similar way; it would mean many good things for riding quickly on a bike."

Fitting a Volvo Seat on a Burgman

As you can see from the photo, it is possible to fit a Volvo Seat on a Burgman!

This is the next stage in making my Burgman more of an FF. I got the seat from the Volvo Breakers on the A1 near St Neots for a mere 25 quid. It's a leather seat so won't need recovering. I had quite a choice and eventually plumped for an early 7 series instead of the usual 340 seat because of the leather, the filled in head rest and the fact that the lumbar adjust and the rake adjust are both on the left hand side. Not only that but it's got a heated back and seat base.

Feet First Motorcycles, Bay area CA

Hi folks,

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!

New Silver Wing

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 £2K but all is well again and the bike looks as good as new.

Extended wheelbase

Has any one any information about an extende wheelbase on any megascooter ?

Build Your Own ComforTmax

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)

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.

Steering links on a FFE

Here's a PDF sent in by Andrew Gibben on steering linkage layout on Funny Front Ends. (FFE)

New Additions in June: Pix from Beaulieu 2005 & Voyager to Vence

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'.)

Voyager to Vence

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.




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