Thursday, June 15, 2006


We will need fenders for the front and rear wheels. All of our composite parts will be layed up over a male form or 'buck.' Its hard to justify the construction of molds when you only need oneor two of each part.

This Buck starts with the front wheel and tire. A street tire is wrapped around the originol tire to create the air gap needed between the finished part and the tire. White foam core board is hot glued to the sides and blended to the tire with 1 gallon of body filler (aka Bondo).
"The smell of bondo in the morning reminds me of victory!"

Tom and Oliver lay-up a carbon and kevlar composite over the buck.
After pulling the part off of the buck it was trimmed and fit the bike just right. They will repeat the lay-up process one more time to create a fender for the rear tire.

Front view.

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Thursday, June 1, 2006

Rider mock up

With the chassis coming togethor we do a mock up for rider position to determine mounting points for the handlebars, knee cups, seat / chest support, and airbox.

The hub center steering is now assembled and works flawlessly.

The Hub center wheel assembly has been mounted to the front swingarm.

The vertical bar is the right handlebar with throttle. You can see the push pull control cable used to connect the handlebar to the hub center steering arm. The left handlebar is configured in the same way with both bars pivoting fore and aft. It seems to work quite well.