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Francis Barnett History


F-B History

Francis & Barnett Ltd., Lower Ford St., Coventry, England

The marque takes its name from the two founders, Gordon Francis and Arthur Barnett, who began production of motorcycles in 1919.

Most models of the Francis-Barnett ("Fanny B") built in the Coventry factory had JAP and Villiers engines, the exceptions being the Stag which had a 250cc Blackburne, and a postwar sortie into the production of Vicenzo Piatti designed two-stroke engines which were not well received.

In 1947 the F-B company became part of AMC which acquired James in 1952, and in 1962 F-B production was moved to the James factory. Production of Francis-Barnett motorcycles ceased in October 1966.

More Francis Barnett History
More history at the FB Owner's Club: http://www.francis-barnett.co.uk/history.htm

JAP | Villiers | Blackburne


Thu May 02 2013
jason<at>antiquado.com
Francet Barnett 250/2 stroke cruiser 80 1958
250 1958 registered
389/27 carberetta is this the correct part for this model and how much for a new one many thanks jason
Surrey


Wed Feb 01 2012
johan.schaeverbeke<at>base.be
motorcycle museum belgium
1947 francis barnett Powerbike 98cc
Hallo, there a man who sent you some information about the Francis Barnett cie, he has been in my museum,and the picture of the FB is one he took because he's mother was a midwife and drove the same machine,mine is also of a midwife in the area ,who died some months agoo.He said the museum is a little one of course its not Birmingham(Solihull) or Birmingham Alabama museum, but its for people sometimes much more interesting because I have also a lot of memorabilia,which is not in the big museums.
Greatings johan schaeverbeke
brugge
http://www.oldtimermotorenmuseum.be/


Mon Sep 05 2011
petemjobson<at>aol.com
villiers 10E exploded diagram
Francis Barnett Falcon 81 1958
I am struggling to find information for a newly purchased Falcon 81.
The points cam appearce to be missing but I don't have diagram of the 10E engine to check it out.
I would be very grateful if anyone can help me.
I want to use this bike, not look at it.
Looking forward to a reply from you villiers experts!!
Peter.
Barnsley South Yorshire.

Try our page of resources for Books and Manuals

Mon Jul 25 2011
glynwell<at>gmail.com
carb
francis barnett cruiser 2t 1963
what carb was fitted to the 250 twin,thankyou.
wales


Sun May 29 2011
william.silver at gmail.com
Parts and info wanted
Parilla Fauno
Need sprocket nut and 13t c/s sprocket, flywheel puller tool and any wiring diagrams/shop manual info, please.
California


Thu May 19 2011
v.vikasmanekandan<at>yahooimg
Help
Francis Bernett 1955
hi, please tell me where i can get some original Spares like, Plastic Monogram, Rubber Pad on the Tank, Tail light lens, Switch and Amp meter witch is in top of the Milometer and to become a member in the Original Francis Bernett bike owners Club, my bike is a single owner, was a runner till 2005
India

francis_barnett_1955_falcon70_197cc.jpg posted 1105


Sat Mar 12 2011
alexxbarrionuevo<at>hotmailimg

VILLIERS MERLIN 125
HOLA, ME GUSTARIA SABER QUE OPINAN DE LA MOTO Y SU VALOR APROXIMADO, DESDE YA MUCHAS GRACIAS.(LA MOTO ESTA ORIGINAL)
Argentina


Sun Feb 20 2011
rbjamessix<at>gmailimg
frame numbers
francis barnet beleved to be plover
I have bought a frame and engine bits  the frame number is given B-10351 and the engine is asingle cylinder but the number given is 15T 3900 can you throw any light please
new forest


Mon Jan 03 2011
abgill<at>telus.net
Francis Barnett parts required
Francis Barnett 1952 Springer model 58
hello All, Im looking for a rear hub assembly for the above bike. I need the complete hub with brake shoes, cam, brake arm etc. Would even buy a complete wheel if available.
Edmonton Canada


Thu Dec 16 2010
mohlerrob<at>yahooimg
motor cycle info
francis-barnett merlin
i have found what appears to be an old francis-barnett merlin can you please tell me where to find the serial number for properly identifing it thank you for your time
pennsylvania,u.s.a.


Fri Oct 08 2010
andy<at>flamingfires.co.uk
Francis Barnett 1957 Trials Bike
Just bought this 1957 Francis Barnett trials bike for restoration, any help on locating parts, manuals etc would be greatly appreciated.
Midlands

Francis-Barnett_1957_Trials.jpg


Mon May 17 2010
patcresham<at>eircom.net
AMC 20T 30+ Piston
Francis Barnett Falcon 200cc 2 Stroke AMC 20T
Hi,
I am trying to source a 30+ piston with rings, for an AMC20T circa 1962. Its for a Francis Barnett Falcon.
Galway Ireland


Fri Feb 12 2010
mebaker21imghotmailimg
Francis Barnett Falcon 197
trying to find resting place of "606 EJO"
UK


Thu Dec 06 2007
trudeauj1@yahoo.com For Sale SOLD
1949 or 1950 Frances Barnett
 Please contact me I have questions regarding my bike I would like to sell.
NV, Sparks
..................

May 2009
We just sold the motorcycle yesterday to a fellow in Redding, Calif...  Thanks so much for all your help and patience... U have been great!
Sincerely,
Jackie O.

Francis-Barnett_1950c_NV.jpg


Wed Sep 24 2008
mwimgweissenriederimg
Parts Francis Barnett
Francis Barnett don't know
Dear Sirs

My father had a Francis Barnett bike around 1947. I have no idea which model it was. Many parts are still at my mothers house, she have sold the house and will move within a month. I know there are the engine, gear box?, wheels etc.

Anyone who is interetsed in buying the parts?

Please email me or call me: +46 for Sweden then 707 180063

Best Regards

Martin Wengblad, I live in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Gothenburg, Sweden


Thu Aug 14 2008
robin.marieimgxtra.co.nz
fork gaiters
1953 francis barnett falcon 58 [frame tms62716]
this was my first m/cycle, 45 years later i am restoring it as a thanks does anyone know of suitable fork gaiters for it? regards robin macarthy


Sat Mar 29 2008
gordon.m5acdimgntlworldimg
help please
Cruiser frame 2t
Will a 2T twin engine fit in a Cruiser pressed steel downtube frame many thanks .
Lincs


Sat Mar 08 2008
graham792imgbtinternetimg
Model Identification required
Francis Barnett 1966 unknown
The following  information is from the logbook.....
149cc engine
Engine No. J16T1193
Chassis/Frame No. J96148L
Registration No. KUL  21D
1966 registration
Any help would be appreciated
Yorkshire


There is a page of FB serial numbers here, but none seem to match. You might also check this page for other related numbers: serial number information:

Francis-Barnett_1966c_Yorkshire.jpg
Francis-Barnett_1966c_Yorkshire


Fri Dec 28 2007
pc.markhamimgtalktalk.net
spares
cruiser 250t villiers 2 stroke
hello can you advise on where to buy a new magneto,a replacement seat or somebody to re-cover the old one.also any ideas on insurance companies
brighton,east sussex


Sat Nov 24 2007
arthur.gentimgtiscali.co.uk
Motorcycle Clubs
Francis & Barnett Motor Cycles
Reading your message board, I'm surprised that little is known about our thriving Francis Barnett Owners Club
Norwich, England


Mon Nov 19 2007
vickygingerimgaolimg
value??
francis barnett 1958 model 83 Trials bike 250cc
my step father has just restored the above bike and wondered approx value if decides to sell also where would be the best place to advertise
leicester
English


Try the page on Classic Motorcycle Values.


Fri Nov 09 2007
rob_actonimgyahoo.co.uk
trying to find specific bike
Francis Barnett 197cc
Hi there, just saw your website.

Wondered if you could advise me. I am trying to track down a 1953 Francis Barnett 197cc:

Reg plate number: NUU 422
Chassis Number: TTMS65538.B.
Engine number: 387A3187E (Villiers brand engine)

I am trying to find this specific bike. It is of personal value to me and if found I would wish to propose purchasing the bike so that I could get it fully restored, to be 100 percent original - as if it had just come out of the factory, and put on display.

Do you have a members list or data base you could check this against for me? I know you probably can't give out contact details but if the owner was registered maybe you could pass on a letter or email from me.

I love your website, it is fantastic. If you have any other ideas how I could go about this, I definitely would really appreciate your advice.

Thank you in advance,

Robert
Sussex


Sept 16 2007
subject: Francis barnett trial bike
Email: johnpaceyimgmacimg
message: looking for FB tank badge, could anybody please help
............
unfortunately i cannot send you a picture but, i have since found out that the bike is a 1960 trial bike model 83. i hope this helps.

Thank you for your help


Mon Aug 13 2007
krivskyimgtelus.net
f-b rebuilding
Francis Barnett - falcon? 1952
I am restoring this 1952 FB
will need some help with parts. It has 200cc villiers which may need the crankcase. A fuel tank, and  any manuals for wiring the magneto and lights.
Alberta, Canada
.........

it has taken time but here is a picture of the FB without the engine. I do have the engine but it has been apart for 45 years, and so is in need of much work.
Vince Krivsky
...........
I have updated info on my FB. It is a 1949, with the 197cc Villiers. I have received parts lists and wiring diagrams, and more info on the Villiers engines.

Francis-Barnett 1949.jpg
Francis-Barnett 1949


Sat Jul 28 2007
peter.sheenimgtiscali.co.uk
dzus fastners( tool box lid)
Francis-Barnett Sports FulmarI am in du
I am in dire  need of the two Dzus fastners male & female for the tank top tool box lid.
Can anyone advise please ?
Watford Herts UK


Wed May 16 2007
brian_m_holtimgyahoo.co.uk
Villiers Pullman Engine "inline twin"
Francis Barnett
Looking for above engine,1925/30. willing to buy or exchange similar period AJS big port engine. tel 01225 782025
wiltshire


Sun Mar 25 2007
alan.williamsimgyahoo.co.uk [bounced]
spares
francis barnett crusader ??
can you give me the name of a dealer where i can purchase parts for my bike, alan.
wales


Try the Bikelinks directory of Classic Motorcycle Dealers, UK:
http://bikelinks.com/directory/Classic_Motorcycles/Dealers/UK/


Sun Mar 25 2007
cazbar22imghotmailimg
for sale
francis barnett falcon 74... 1956 plus spare engine
i have a francis barnett for sale.... if intrested please e-mail, or telephone 01933-411861
northants


Fri Mar 02 2007
speedyimgf1powerimg
Wanted
1929 Francis Barnett 147cc
I have a 1929 Francis Barnett 147cc that somwhow lost it's petrol pipe assembly that goes from the Villiers carb to the tank..can anyone assist to locate me this part?

The bike is for sale, open to offers.

Regards,

Peter
 

Francis-Barnett 1929 147cc.jpg
Francis-Barnett 1929 147cc


Sun Feb 04 2007
rbeardmorefimgaolimg
francis barnet
hello i have started restoring this bike but dont know mutch about it was told its a 1939 125 but it says 98 on pot it has two exhusts i allso need to regester it but dont know where to start could you help me please many thanks rich
staffordshire


Fri Dec 08 2006
tjbcampimghotmailimg
wanting hepl on info
3T Francis Barnett
I've been trying to find out about a bike I've got.It's a 3T Francis Barnett eng no 116E can you help I've not even found any pictures of one
Australia


Fri Nov 03 2006
nj_southernimgtiscali.co.uk
parts
francis barnett light cruiser 1959 199cc
parts i need bearing nut  .clutch operating body . clutch opeating locking ring .clutch operating ball .
nottingham


Wed Oct 04 2006
allenastellimghsgn.fsnet.co.uk
Restoration
Francis Barnett Plover 73
I need to trace a seat manufacturer in UK (preferably in the Midlands area).
Northampton
 

Francis-Barnett Plover 73.jpg
Francis-Barnett Plover 73


Wed Sep 27 2006
trigbyimgmultiweb.nl
In the Francis Barnett section there is a photo of a red Fulmar.  I was not aware that there were factory-made Fulmars with teleforks? I had one in the early 1970s with leading link front forks.

The brakes were suprisingly good, fuel consumption wasn't bad, and it had a good turn of speed for a 150cc engine with 3 gears (65MPH.)

The downside of Fulmar ownership was really lousy lights, a leaky primary chain cover, a self fragging flywheel magneto and rearlights that burnt out in an instant if the dip switch stayed in the central position, though a clipper diode cured at least that problem. Finally, the ignition coil was very sensitive to heat, meaning regular replacement after a few long distance fast transits.

Terry Rigby
Obdam, Holland
 

Francis-Barnett Fulmar green.jpg
Francis-Barnett Fulmar green


Mon Sep 18 2006
wjbalmerimgmsnimg
Workshop Manual

Hi I was wondering if you could help? My next door neighbour has a Francis Barnett in pieces!! He says that it is 1965 on a C reg? engine no.V15T 11469? He is looking for a workshop manual! Could you help in identifying what model he may have and where he could get manual from? Any help that you could give would be very much appreciated
Thanks
Devon
......
Hi my neighbour has given me the following info: Plover 95 150cc with a 149 AMC engine! Hope this helps?


Sept 5th 2006
subject: francis barnett falcon 81
Email: rodneyimgrodneybrown.wanadoo.co.uk
message: can you e mail me blow ups of the wheel hubs so i can rebuild mine, i received them in pieces and am lost!!!


Tue Jul 25 2006
mariettepimgmweb.co.za
Francis Barnett

Hi, My dad is buzy rebuilding a Francis Barnett, but he does not know wich model it is, the ingraving on the frame says" E88 1926 F4 7212 C or could be a G? can anybody help us, we will take a photo and insert it ass well. thank you
South Africa, Mpumalanga, Secunda


The bike is a Francis-Barnett Fulmar from the mid-1960s. Ed. ........
YAAAH! Thank you so so so much for helping!
We are enjoying the web sight so much, we have learned tremendously!!
Cant wait to tell my dad gonna phone him RIGHT NOW!
.....
we are looking for some parts for my dad's francis barnett its a 1960 fulmar 88.
My dad is with me now and we are looking at some sites to try and find him
parts for the bike. Did you mail me with some sites? We are struggling and
where hoping you can help us. We are looking for a
Front Fork
Duel seat
Magneto
Were must we look again?

Many thanx!


Try this link: http://bikelinks.com/directory/Classic_Motorcycles/A_to_Z/F/Francis_Barnett/
and this: http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/Francis_Barnett/
 

Oops. As pointed out by T Rigby, above, the Fulmar had leading-link style forks, so the bike pictured here is either not original or not a Fulmar. Ed.
 

Francis-Barnett Fulmar red.jpg
Francis-Barnett Fulmar red


Sat Jul 08 2006
senior409imgaolimg
Year of manufacture
Francis Barnet  150cc
I have just started rebuilding a Francis Barnet basket case & wondered if you could advise on year of manufacture. Frame No is V4810 & engine No. 958A.
Thanks - John
Dunstable

Francis Barnet V4810 150cc.jpg
Francis-Barnet V4810 150cc


Fri May 05 2006
nicolasrouquetteimghotmailimg
Francis Barnett Falcon  1954
I have been offered a Francis Barnett Falcon 1954 in good condition… any chance you can give me some guidance on how much the market price for such a bike is?
London, UK


Try the page on Classic Motorcycle Prices. Ed.


Fri Apr 28 2006
ges52imgtiscali.co.uk
frame number location
1958 francis barnett with 10E 197cc engine
Hi, Could you tell me where to find the frame number on this motorcycle?
Regards,
Gary
United Kingdom


Thu Apr 20 2006
hg61roseimgyahoo.co.uk
Frances Barnett motorcycles
My father rode a Frances Barnett for a number of years and speaks fondly of them. Does anyone know where I might find a book of the history of the factory that I can buy him for a gift?
Belfast, N.Ireland


Sat Feb 11 2006
rtc93imgtiscali.co.uk
Frances-Barnet
I am looking for a 1954 Frances-Barnet Falcon 67 197cc IH
Cornwall


Thu Dec 15 2005
fordcobra2imghotmailimg
Francis Barnett/Villiers
I'm currently restoring two Francis Barnetts, one 200cc, and the other a 250cc, from the basket. It's hard to find parts here in the states, so please e-mail me at
fordcobra2imghotmailimg if you have any. I used to ride a 1953 Francis Barnett to high school when I was 16, in 1955.


Fri Nov 04 2005
maciimgblueyonder.co.uk
Francis Barnett Plover
I have a Francis Barnet motorcycle which I want to restore, It has no reg number but has a frame number of D13242 and has four engines in various conditions, No,s 15T 8601M,  295B 22397,  and 221A 27866D would you know what engine is the correct one for this frame.
               Mike


Tue Oct 25 2005
gordon.m5acdimgntlworldimg
villiers
hi is the falcon 81 with the villiers 10e engine positive earth or negative earth it is the 58/59 model ,i have 2 wiring dia but one shows + and one shows - earth which one is right for my bike thanks gordon.


Mon Oct 24 2005
richnatimgoptusnet.com.au
1957 francis barnett search
Hi there,
I'm trying to locate a 57 FB for a colleague of mine to restore/race - any information as to where I might find one, or a similar year, would be appreciated!
kind regards,
Richard Suter
Perth Western Australia


Thu Jul 21 2005
absprintimgglobalnet.co.uk
Francis Barnett Motorcyle
Back in 1961 I purchased a second hand motorcycle. I think it was a Franciss Barnett Ambassador 225cc twin. Can anyone confirm this bike existed? photos and details greatly appreciated. Barry Gilbert


I think it's more likely that it was an Ambassador, although there was quite a bit of badge swapping and it may have been an F-B. Ed.


Sun Jul 10 2005
paulelsimgxtra.co.nz
francis barnett bike
I have just got my grandfather's bike but know nothing about it.
I would like to know where to look to find a picture to try too recognise it? I've been told it could be a 175cc and between 1950-55?
Any help would be appreciated.

I hope these photos will help you tell what year it is?? Looks like a bit of work and fun looking for parts and manuels.
Appreciate your help Paul

I hope this can help Frame number looks like TTMS64572B
engine number  B 7095
  thanks, Paul


[B7095 appears to be a casting number on the barrel, not the engine number. Ed]

Francis-Barnett NZ.jpg
Francis-Barnett NZ


Sun May 29 2005
farkwaimgezysurf.co.nz
Francis-Barnett
Hello I received an old Francis Barnett From my farther and I am trying to restore it.He dosn't know much about it so i am having trouble finding Info on it all he knows is it the year is in between the late 50's - 60's and it has a 125cc Deville engine with a wing on the engine
can any one help me?


Thu May 05 2005
troy_kirkbyimgbeerimg
Francis Barnett Collector
Hi - I collect FB cycles and Literature. Currently have 3; 1949 Merlin (mainly parts), 1953 Falcon 58 bought new by my great-grandfather, and a 1956 Cruiser (inside a glass display case in my British pub).  Have literature as early as the "second edition" catalogue up to 1964/5. Looking for any pre-war model and a Powerbike. Any other Canadian collectors out there?


Francis Barnett 1963 250cc Cruiser 91 advert.jpg
Francis Barnett 1963 250cc Cruiser 91


Mon May 02 2005
evschultzimgtelus.net
1936 Francis Barnett
I have a 1936 Francis Barnett, Restoring her for the Sec. time, very hard to find parts. All the bikes I have had I love this old girl the most.
 

Francis Barnett 1936.jpg
Francis Barnett 1936


Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2005
subject: francis barnett 1928
Email: sdsaibot at austarnet.com.au
message: hello, I'm from Australia, and I'm looking for some info on the 1928 Francis Barnett m/bike (as I'm looking at purchasing one). It is not fully restored as yet, and is missing the front gauges. If you have any info/photos or know where to find any please let me know. Thanks.
 


The London Motorcycle Museum has a 1928 FB - you may be able to inveigle them into sending you images and/or information. (Bribery always helps). There is a very fuzzy picture of a 1928 model at the British Twostroke Club, and there is an advert for 1928 Villiers engined James machines here. Ed.


1954 Francis Barnett Sales Brochure includes Kestrel 125cc and Falcon 200cc.
 

Francis-Barnett 1954 Sales Brochure.jpg
Francis-Barnett 1954 Sales Brochure


26th January 2005
Francis Barnett Falcon listed on Ebay UK
Vendor's Description:
This is a 1959 Francis Barnett Falcon with a 197 cc two-stroke villiers engine. The bike is totally complete and low mileage ( 7,500) from new. All numbers are matching, it has an interesting number plate and the V5 is present.

It was fully restored by the last owner in 1984 (have bills) and was last on the road in 1988. It has been stood since then and apart from some rust on the rear rim and a few rusty nuts and bolts it has lasted remarkably well, a testament to the restorer. I drained the tank, cleaned out the carb, put in fresh petrol and as it had a very strong spark had it running very easily.. The engine is very fit with plenty compression and for a little bike it has a nice bark.


Francis-Barnett 1949 advertisement.jpg
Francis-Barnett 1949 advertisement


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