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Offline bad boy

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Hi from Switzerland, Europe
« on: February 04, 2021, 06:40:04 AM »
Hi y'all

I am David from Switzerlnad and I do have an 1997 Ecomobile which I bought second hand in 2009.
It is a fully enclosed BMW, the monocoque being handmade of Kevlar(R).
The front end is a K75, the rear end a monolever, a K1200RS engine and a K1100 transmission in between.
Two people sitting comfortably and some space for luggage as well.

Unfortunately, Peraves CH is defunct since 2014.
I am trying to find more details about all the mechanics having been used.

I am very happy to find this forum.
Thanks for having me.

This is me in June 2014 on a trip to the Nürburgring race track in Germany.
The local TV station made a short document about old motorcycles, see the short clip on Youtube.
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Greetz,
David

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Re: Hi from Switzerland, Europe
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2021, 06:43:23 AM »
FYI:

the small outrigger wheels are operated by the pilot: A toggle switch on the left handlebar will actuate them within 0.6 sec
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Greetz,
David

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Re: Hi from Switzerland, Europe
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2021, 07:49:14 AM »
Welcome!  That is a very interesting ride you have.  If I'm not mistaken Someone posted a link to a promotional video for your bike here about 4-5 years ago.  I suspect that riding it feels very much like flying an airplane at very low altitude.

You are in the right place for information on your bike's running gear.
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Re: Hi from Switzerland, Europe
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2021, 11:21:27 AM »
I suspect that riding it feels very much like flying an airplane at very low altitude
you are absolutely right
the senior boss of Peraves (CH), a former multiple aerobatics champion, AF pilot and Swissair B747 captain, described it as 'flying at zero altitude '
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Greetz,
David

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Re: Hi from Switzerland, Europe
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2021, 12:33:20 PM »
what it looks like from the back seat, on public roads around and then on Moto GP racetrack Brno, Czech Republic:

(no, that's not me)
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Greetz,
David

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Re: Hi from Switzerland, Europe
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2021, 12:43:47 PM »
Jeremy Clarkson from BBC Motor World went to see Peraves in the late 1980s
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David

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Re: Hi from Switzerland, Europe
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2021, 12:57:47 PM »
a short video from 1991 - CEO and owner Arnold Wagner being interviewed and a ride through the Italian Dolomites
unfortunately, it's in German, you can switch on english subtitles (not the best of all translations, though)
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Greetz,
David

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Re: Hi from Switzerland, Europe
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2021, 03:47:39 PM »
Hi Bad Boy! That's a magnificent bike! I think I'd be a little bit nervous riding a bike in which I can't use my foot to support the bike on the red light. But it must be a great experience to ride it! I love how futuristic it looks, kind of reminds me of BMW K1!
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Re: Hi from Switzerland, Europe
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2021, 07:06:16 PM »
That is so cool 112350
I remember a similar concept at Morton's BMW Oktoberfest open-house in  Fredericksburg Virginia in 2011 and found the pictures.  Is this the same?


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Re: Hi from Switzerland, Europe
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2021, 12:14:46 AM »
@Kopia
well, it takes training, then you get used to it and finally, you love it
riding around almost all year round in a shirt is a lovely experience

@stokester
on your pictures, you can see next next generation called 'MonoTracer' which became the 'eTracer' as a BEV (purely battery electric vehicle w/o any internal combustio engine).
It is still being produced in Brno, Czech Republic under the name 'MonoRacer'

around 2005, the Peraves (CZ) factory burned down including all of its molds (the Kevlar monocoque is handlaminated), so they had to start from scratch.
at the same time, a young designer dropped in and told them 'it sure rides great, but looks like shXt - I'll get you something better'

btw: on the lower pic, you can clearly see the monolever and it's final drive. with custom alloy wheels, tyres up to 240/40 are being used.
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  • 1997 Peraves Super Ecomobile K1200RS


Greetz,
David

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Re: Hi from Switzerland, Europe
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2021, 12:20:44 AM »
the white Monotracer belonged to 21st Century Motoring's Jim Lorimer.
he was the US sales representative, see
 https://21stcenturymotoring.com/
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  • 1997 Peraves Super Ecomobile K1200RS


Greetz,
David

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