Here’s a link to a fairly rough video segment from a 19 mile round trip to Buckhead and back . . . rough, unedited seg. 1 – Buckhead. Resolution is terrible, it’s long and unedited but don’t know when I’ll have the time to put something more polished together so “it is what it is” for now.
A few things on my mind . . .
- Massive Thank You follow-up #1: Thank you again to everyone at Finished Art. Just the fact that you all were interested in the bikes was more than enough for me.
- Wood Monocoque/Bike Bodies : “How can it be strong enough?” . . . .”It must be heavy”. . . . “Have you patented the construction?” Questions and comments I enjoy hearing (hopefully not because the folks asking are watching too much Shark Tank but because they’re thinking about how things work!). My typical response includes a trip back in time to the monoxylon (“one” + “tree” in Greek) and beyond to the first known dugout canoes dating to 8000 years ago. Strong, durable and about as patentable as fire . . . The bikes just reflect advances in available technology and maybe a bit more emphasis on style.
- Bike Performance . . . how fast, how long, how far . . . ? Answering these types of questions with precision requires nailing down more variables than (most of) you would care to read about here. At some point I’ll publish hard data with all the stuff engineers love but in the interim . . . Prototype 1 is almost 1 year old, has 2865 miles on it and I’m smallish at 155lb.s/70kg.s, ride it in a moderately hilly area and typically see top speeds hovering around 35 mph with range between 15 and 22 miles. Acceleration and hill climbing is better than a typical 50 cc scooter/moped . . . and handling is much more spirited. On a related note, the prototypes weigh between 115 and 120 lb.s and have fully adjustable suspensions.
- Press/PR: Anyone can bring their ideas to life. The author of Sandy Springs Reporter/E. Eldridge – Cycle Story does a much better job of relating that statement to the bikes than I could here or anywhere.
A few weeks after posting “Cool Fall Morning” I decided to listen to a few friends and follow their suggestion to create some folk art furniture/pieces to take a local Atlanta market in early Dec.. To be very honest, the switch to less exacting work coupled with the prospect of thinking up some new ideas and bringing them to life sounded like fun. And fun it’s been although it’s gone from a two week diversion to several weeks and running. Many reasons I suppose . . . opportunities to meet up with old friends and to make new friends, coming across some really interesting wood (like the greenest poplar I’ve ever seen and steam-bent oak wagon wheel stock) and more. Below are some pic.s of one of the pieces.
Getting back to Bike #3, the new schedule/plan is to send it on it’s way (renamed as Production Bike #1) in Mid-March . . . which is kinda fitting as that will be approx. one year from the date that P-1 first hit the road.
Have a Fun New Year.
P-1 is back on the (wet) road after a swing arm design change-out from a test (max. adjustability) version to a “production”(max. rigidity) version. P-2’s change-out will be completed this week. Both bikes have continued to perform as expected and will likely stay “as-are” for quite some time as the focus is shifted to the next bike.
Bike #3 is all about refining and transitioning to limited production. The list of changes include minor restyling (see pic. of the monocoque below), lower o/a weight, increased battery capacity, improved motor control system and stiffer front fork . . . all should result in improved looks and performance. I expect the bike to be on the road by middle December. It may very well be the first bike offered for sale.
Fantastic weekend . . . I’ve been to quite a few motorsports facilities/events and can’t imagine anything better . . . passion and professionalism appear to be the only priorities for the Barber folks.
Met and talked with wonderful people. Truly enjoyed the conversations . . . so thank you all so much. Add’l thanks to those who rode the bikes.
As usual, couldn’t multi-task well enough to get much in the way of pics/video. So . . . if you were there and have anything you can share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you have any follow up questions and/or just want to talk . . . please email or call . . . 404-797-0854.
Will be heading to the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival outside of Birmingham this weekend. Hopefully the rain will have left by then.
Pic. of P-2 outside the shop. I’m sure Gottlieb would frown upon the clutter . .. and surprised that I don’t have a 120 lb. anvil in my shop.