A brief history of the marque: Francis Barnett
Made in England from 1919 to 1966
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.
Post-war Models include:
1947 Powerbike 98cc
Falcon 81 1958
Cruiser 75 (1955)
Cruiser 80 (1958)
1955 Falcon 70 197cc
1952 Springer Model 58
ddepencier at canadianautomotivemuseum dot com
Hope all is well with you! I've got another motorcycle research inquiry for you, concerning a 1932 Francis Barnett motorcycle in our collection. This bike didn't come with any detailed documentation, and while we know a fair bit about its provenance (it belonged to Canadian investor and car collector John A. MacDougald), we've got almost nothing on the bike itself.
A contact from the Vintage Motor Cycle Club clued us in to it being a '32 Black Hawk with a 196cc Villiers engine, but it's obviously had some aftermarket modifications (chief among them removal of the leg guards). and has no obvious serial numbers. Do you have any good documents on '32 F-B bikes we could cross-reference to at least get an approximation of the basic stats for this bike? Or would you know anyone who might? Based on the recommendations on your website we've made use of Grace's Guide, and I've sent a message off to Howard Burrows as well.
All the best,
Dumaresq de Pencier, Exhibit & Project Coordinator
Canadian Automotive Museum
99 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa, ON, L1H 4G7
Sorry, don't understand your question. What are the numbers, what model is the bike, and what is it you want? If you sent images they did not arrive.
Thanks for getting back to me the bike I have is a Francis Barnet when I received the Francis Barnet it was in bits over the last 3 years I have put the bike back together now, but I have no V5 or number plate for the bike only frame numbers and engine numbers is there a way of finding out reg for this bike
Possibly a marque specialist may have a solution. Finding the previous registration details of a machine using only the frame and engine numbers may be probematical. There are several UK classic clubs listed at Bikelinks - www.bikelinks.com
Sorry, no. Ed.
service at ncauto.co.nz
1952 merlin 57
hi have just got one of these frame # sls 58147b, engine # 207a 49850d and an oil bath air cleaner, not the 10d engine listed, what is it, has painted blue rims and was a blue color, also has a pillion seat, pillion foot rests and saddle bag holders.
wellington new zealand
Fri, 30 Mar 2018
shirog202 at gmail.com
Frances Barnett Power Bike 1951 - model 2F
I require magneto spares, condensers, coils, points nearly everything for Villiers engine 2F. 2 images attached. Do you know of anyone who can help me with spares or where I can get help? Thank you.
Francis-Barnett-1951-Powerbike-Magneto-RTh.jpg posted to comments, above.
Tue, 12 Sep 2017
joe_cat1960 at hotmail.com
francis barnett 1959 falcon
hello i was wondering if you have a complete motor and gearbox for this bike and if so how much
new south wales Australia
Mon, 28 Aug 2017
ricsman2 at yahoo.cco.uk
Francis-Barnett Falcon Model 70 : year 1955
Hi, Not sure if you can help please. I have just finished restoring my Fanny B here in France but to register it I need a frame ID plate as in attached photo. I have managed to buy an old stock new plate (from the Czech Republic would you believe!) but not sure where Francis & Barnett attached it on export models. Are you able to help please? Thanks, Stan Barnett
Francis-Barnett-ID-Plate-Blank.jpg posted to Comments
Sun Dec 25 2016
nealdaunt at bigpond.com
full tail light and mount
francic barnett 1951
wish to buy these parts
Mon Oct 03 2016
Gordon.north at ntlworld.com
Francis barnett Cruiser
Hi just wondered if you could tell me the reg no of this bike the frame no is YC10151
Tue Jul 26 2016
maslermas at yahoo.co.uk
Francis Barnett plover
I am restoring a plover at present- and cant find a pair of handle bars for it- have searched on line put adverts out etc nothing
Mon Feb 15 2016
miker5588 at gmail.com
Francis Barnett Cruiser 89
I have removed the gearbox outer case to replace gasket and "o" rings, and now I have first gear plus many neutrals. I have lined up the marks on the gear indicator pinion, but despite several tries, I don't have all four speeds. There is a mark on the gear change quadrant, but I cannot find a mark that this should align with. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Regards Mike
Mon Dec 28 2015
John.mallard at sky.com
Francis barnett 1955 cruiser 75 225
Hi I'm having problem with weak spark
Do you do uprated ignition systems electronic etc
Thu May 02 2013
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
Wed Feb 01 2012
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 ago. 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.
Greetings johan schaeverbeke
Oldtimer Museum, Belgium
Mon Sep 05 2011
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!!
Barnsley South Yorshire.
Mon Jul 25 2011
francis barnett cruiser 2t 1963
what carb was fitted to the 250 twin,thankyou.
Sun May 29 2011
william.silver at gmail.com
Parts and info wanted
Need sprocket nut and 13t c/s sprocket, flywheel puller tool and any wiring diagrams/shop manual info, please.
Thu May 19 2011
v.vikasmanekandan<at>yahoo dot com
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
Sat Mar 12 2011
alexxbarrionuevo<at>hotmail dot com
VILLIERS MERLIN 125
Hola, me gustaria saber que opinan de la moto y su valor aproximado, desde ya muchas gracias.(la moto esta original)
Sun Feb 20 2011
rbjamessix<at>gmail dot com
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
Mon Jan 03 2011
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.
Thu Dec 16 2010
mohlerrob<at>yahoo dot com
motor cycle info
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
Fri Oct 08 2010
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.
Mon May 17 2010
AMC 20T 30+ Piston
Francis Barnett Falcon 200cc 2 Stroke AMC 20T
I am trying to source a 30+ piston with rings, for an AMC20T circa 1962. Its for a Francis Barnett Falcon.
Fri Feb 12 2010
mebaker21 at hotmail dot com
Francis Barnett Falcon 197
trying to find resting place of "606 EJO"
Thu Dec 06 2007
trudeauj1 at yahoo.com SOLD
1949 or 1950 Frances Barnett
Please contact me I have questions regarding my bike I would like to sell.
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!
Wed Sep 24 2008
mw at weissenrieder dot com
Parts Francis Barnett
Francis Barnett don't know
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
Martin Wengblad, I live in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Thu Aug 14 2008
robin.marie at xtra.co.nz
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.m5acd at ntlworld dot com
Cruiser frame 2t
Will a 2T twin engine fit in a Cruiser pressed steel downtube frame many thanks .
Sat Mar 08 2008
graham792 at btinternet dot com
Model Identification required
Francis Barnett 1966 unknown
The following information is from the logbook.....
Engine No. J16T1193
Chassis/Frame No. J96148L
Registration No. KUL 21D
Any help would be appreciated
There is a page of FB serial numbers, but none seem to match. (See menu)
Fri Dec 28 2007
pc.markham at talktalk.net
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
Sat Nov 24 2007
arthur.gent at tiscali.co.uk
Francis & Barnett Motor Cycles
Reading your message board, I'm surprised that little is known about our thriving Francis Barnett Owners Club
Mon Nov 19 2007
vickyginger at aol dot com
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
Try the page on Classic Motorcycle Values.
Fri Nov 09 2007
rob-acton at yahoo.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,
Sept 16 2007
subject: Francis barnett trial bike
Email: johnpacey at mac dot com
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
krivsky at telus.net
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.
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.
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.
Sat Jul 28 2007
peter.sheen at tiscali.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-holt at yahoo.co.uk
Villiers Pullman Engine "inline twin"
Looking for above engine,1925/30. willing to buy or exchange similar period AJS big port engine. tel 01225 782025
Sun Mar 25 2007
alan.williams at yahoo.co.uk [bounced]
francis barnett crusader ??
can you give me the name of a dealer where i can purchase parts for my bike, alan.
Try the Bikelinks directory of Classic Motorcycle Dealers, UK:
Sun Mar 25 2007
cazbar22 at hotmail dot com
francis barnett falcon 74... 1956 plus spare engine
i have a francis barnett for sale.... if intrested please e-mail, or telephone 01933-411861
Fri Mar 02 2007
speedy at f1power dot com
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.
Sun Feb 04 2007
rbeardmoref at aol dot com
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
Fri Dec 08 2006
tjbcamp at hotmail dot com
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
Fri Nov 03 2006
nj-southern at tiscali.co.uk
francis barnett light cruiser 1959 199cc
parts i need bearing nut .clutch operating body . clutch opeating locking ring .clutch operating ball .
Wed Oct 04 2006
allenastell at hsgn.fsnet.co.uk
Francis Barnett Plover 73
I need to trace a seat manufacturer in UK (preferably in the Midlands area).
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.
Mon Sep 18 2006
wjbalmer at msn dot com
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
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: rodney at rodneybrown.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
mariettep at mweb.co.za
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
Were must we look again?
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.
Sat Jul 08 2006
senior409 at aol dot com
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
Fri May 05 2006
nicolasrouquette at hotmail dot com
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?
Try the page on Classic Motorcycle Prices. Ed.
Fri Apr 28 2006
ges52 at tiscali.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?
Thu Apr 20 2006
hg61rose at yahoo.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?
Sat Feb 11 2006
rtc93 at tiscali.co.uk
I am looking for a 1954 Frances-Barnet Falcon 67 197cc IH
Thu Dec 15 2005
fordcobra2 at hotmail dot com
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
fordcobra2 at hotmail dot com 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
maci at blueyonder.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.
Tue Oct 25 2005
gordon.m5acd at ntlworld dot com
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
richnat at optusnet.com.au
1957 francis barnett search
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!
Perth Western Australia
Thu Jul 21 2005
absprint at globalnet.co.uk
Francis Barnett Motorcycle
Back in 1961 I purchased a second hand motorcycle. I think it was a Francis 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
paulels at xtra.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
[B7095 appears to be a casting number on the barrel, not the engine number. Ed]
Sun May 29 2005
farkwa at ezysurf.co.nz
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-kirkby at beer dot com
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?
Mon May 02 2005
evschultz at telus.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.
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.
26th January 2005
Francis Barnett Falcon listed on Ebay UK
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.
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