A couple of years ago, I mentioned Tony Foale moved to the U.S. to take a position at Segway as Director of Product Engineering. Tony tells me he wrapped up his work there a couple of months ago and is heading back home to Spain. Despite my inquiry, he wouldn’t tell me what they were working on in the Segway skunkworks, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
If you talk to many designers and builders working on new motorcycle projects, Tony’s name keeps coming up, his book Motorcycle Handling and Chassis Design and the related suspension software is a very widely used resource among those building serious bikes, it keeps you from making those mistakes resulting from too much eyeball engineering. I met Tony at Mid Ohio while attending one of his technical seminars, he presents massive amounts of information in a couple of days, it’s definitely worthwhile.
Tony took advantage of his time here to do quite a bit of vintage racing, winning the AMA national grand championship in the 500 class (on a 350) last year, it’s a nice way to confirm theory in the real world. He plans to continue racing once he gets home.
Tony’s also going to be revising and updating his book, but it may take a little while before that gets done, we’ll be sure to let everyone know when it’s ready. With Tony back on the continent, those of you in Europe might get a chance to attend one of his seminars again, if so, be sure to check it out.
Related: Tony Foale Seminar Review