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Quasar were motorcycles produced from 1976 to 1981, by Malcolm Newell.

These models were specials and unconventional. One of the most memorable ones was a feet-first desgin known as the Quasar, which took the idea of enclosure to new limits. The machine was elongated and the occupants sat between the wheels, under a roof and behind a windscreen fitted with wipers. At the back, over the rear wheel, was a luggage compartment onto which was mounted a large rear-lamp system. At the front, under the lower part of the windscreen, were two headlamps. In all, it resembled a cabin-style, car-type body, but without the doors.

The frame was strong, acted as a safety roll cage and was fitted with leading-link front suspension, and cast alloy wheels with twin front and single rear disc brakes. The engine was an 848cc Reliant driving a four-speed gearbox with shaft final-drive. Many of the other fittings were as those of a car-heater, de-mister, indicators and full instruments.

Production was small-scale and, as Newell moved on to new projects, construction was always passed on to others. One such project was the Phasar, powered by a massive Kawasaki Z1300 six-cylinder engine, but without a roof.

Sources of Information

  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • [1] The Complete Motorcycle Compendium
  • [2] Best Feet Forward Motorcycle Club web site - Quasar
  • [3] Wikipedia on Quasar
  • [4] Malcolm Newell on Quasar
  • [5] The Quasar Page
  • [6] Quasar Road Tests and Articles
    • Note: The Google Search Engine has numerous articles and links to Quasar [7].