Feet-for­ward into the fu­ture...

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - COMING CLASSICS - WORDS: BER­TIE SIM­MONDS PHOTO: DON MOR­LEY

Some­times life comes full cir­cle – and maybe we will see the re­turn of the FF or feet-for­ward mo­tor­cy­cle. With prac­ti­cal­ity over per­for­mance, the FF brigade al­ways say this is (lit­er­ally) the way for­ward, even if we’re clearly yet to be con­vinced. Royce Creasey – the man be­hind this ma­chine, the SCL Voy­ager – is al­leged to have coined the ‘feet for­ward’ name first and many jour­nal­ists since (in­clud­ing CMM friend Paul Blezard) have trum­peted the Ff-ma­chine’s pos­i­tive at­tributes. It seems to most car driv­ers that the very idea of a mo­tor­cy­cle doesn’t ap­peal to them, as bikes are in­her­ently un­safe and you need to be skilled to pi­lot one. Hence the FF mo­tor­cy­cle is seen as more of a car driver-friendly op­tion – and you don’t even get wet. From the 1975 Quasar to this Welsh-built SCL Voy­ager and be­yond, the FF ma­chine has of­ten popped up as the true two-wheeled so­lu­tion to our trans­port needs. The Voy­ager was pow­ered by a 850cc Re­liant mo­tor with shaft drive from a Moto Guzzi 850. Brakes were AP discs and calipers up front and a Brembo sys­tem at the rear. Power was around 60bhp at 7000rpm, which doesn’t sound like much but the top speed was in the re­gion of 120mph. Quirks such as the trig­ger-op­er­ated throt­tle aside, it’s clearly a mo­tor­cy­cle, but a clas­sic? Hmmm…

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