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 Posted: Fri Feb 13th, 2009 06:18 pm
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Stealth wrote: KevG wrote:
Figured out the brakes situation....
As it doesnt touch the ground, it does not have a Kerb weight. So 50 per cent of zero, is zero. ??? So it should pass the brake test easily

Kev

That'll be a tapley test then ?

If it doesn't touch the ground it'll need air brakes!

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KevG wrote:
Figured out the brakes situation....
As it doesnt touch the ground, it does not have a Kerb weight. So 50 per cent of zero, is zero. ??? So it should pass the brake test easily

Kev

That'll be a tapley test then ?

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is insanity catching?

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"I was going to fit two small "Jockey wheels" under the skirt, it would be a class 2.
Any ideas."



If the centre of the contact patches are not more than 460mm (18") apart then it is considered to be one wheel.


I have considered fitting a couple of  lightly sprung castor wheels under the centre of my motorcycle, between the front and rear wheels, each being no more than 18" from the next.
By VOSA rules this would then be deemed a one wheeler - no mot or tax class....

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Hi Chaps,
It wont need SVA as its over ten years old.
Just been wondering whether it needs a hand brake?
As I could just kill the lift motor when I park it. can't get a better brake than that!

Went to the motor factors in /on it today again.
Had a run in with a traffic warden over parking on double yellows.
I pointed out to her( over the noise)
that the Craft was not parked as it was not touching the ground!!!
She let me off!!


Figured out the brakes situation....
As it doesnt touch the ground, it does not have a Kerb weight. So 50 per cent of zero, is zero. ??? So it should pass the brake test easily

Kev

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big..E. wrote: Kev..Whats happenin mate,you've not posted for a while...You still "up" for the hovvering.....?
Probably still studying the SVA regs E ....;)

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Kev..Whats happenin mate,you've not posted for a while...You still "up" for the hovvering.....?

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Wesley wrote: Have you considered NOS?

We had one afew years back powered by an old renault turbo motor;)


Further to the above, It was originally based on an old RD250 Yamaha,

belts pulleys transfer gearboxes fans etc, provided the driveline and the Original Yamaha RD250 provided the power, steering and other requirements. Worked really well. 

Last edited on Sat Feb 7th, 2009 12:39 am by Wesley

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KevG wrote:
Have you Tested any hovercraft Stealth?
Can you see any other Problems with the MOT(Daytime only of course!! I'm not mad!!!!!!!)

Kev


No probs with the daytime MOT Kev - all it needs is a horn. Will need a speedo for SVA & C&U regs though.

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..removalizer wrote: sorry to burst your bubble but I thought hovercrafts were classed as aircraft ?

There you go kev..In all" probability" you may find it hard to get it off the ground anyway if its an aviation matter...Thus makin your craft" redundant"...:dude:.....   ;)

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Give us a shot when you have done it, it will be worth a drive to manchester to see it.

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sorry to burst your bubble but I thought hovercrafts were classed as aircraft ?

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I was going to do the ABS manually.
How difficult can it be?
Worst case scenario I can give it some beans and go over the top of any obstruction, except lorries, as they are quite high.

Have you Tested any hovercraft Stealth?
Can you see any other Problems with the MOT(Daytime only of course!! I'm not mad!!!!!!!)

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ABS or non ABS ?

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Spoke to my VOSA rep today, was very helpfull.
No real problems re. the MOT he said there might be a few issues over construction and use etc.
As far as the MOT is concerned it will be a Light Quadracyle.I will MOT it with the lift engine turned off so it will be resting on the "Jockey wheels"
I am going to brake each wheel independently using Bike brakes. These will be connected to 2 pedals and 2 handlebar levers on the Left bar.So Brake balance will be no problem as i can modulate the pressure to each brake manually.

Main concern at the moment is seat belts? Would it be better to be thrown clear rather than being potentially
mashed up by the remnants of two massive proppellors?


Kev

PS will it need windscreen wipers?

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Stealth wrote: Someone please tell me this is a wind up - it's not April 1st yet .....:?   :):):):)
Kev has not informed us of the VOSA opinion yet from his phone call today,so maybe wind up?

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Someone please tell me this is a wind up - it's not April 1st yet .....:?   :):):):)

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Vehicle Assessor wrote:
KevG wrote: Will ring my VOSA contact in the morning.

Kev


I thought you said it was a hovercraft?

Now it's a beetle?

I am confused:?


The LOG BOOK is for a beetle.!!!

Its a hovercraft with a few beetle parts on it!!

Kev

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we built one as a school project 30 odd years back,good fun but stopping distance was an issue...1 kid put it into the motorway fence and that was the end of that.from memory we only had 1 engine,about 500cc tho.we never had the heart to tell the teacher that it was a nicked engine...

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Have you considered NOS?

We had one afew years back powered by an old renault turbo motor;)

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