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Post  candy man on Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:59 pm

Greetings from the East coast. Having just bought a basket case off the Evil bayIi thought that this would be a good place to find out a little more about me little fellow. I have been wondering how many were made as this was a one year only bike or so I believe. I have been able to keep the non tranferable number of UKD 76 after going through the normal hoop jumping and according to the paper work that came with the bike its not been on the road since 1964. Im sorry if it offends anyone but Im not restoring it but neither am I hacking it about. The piant work will be dark and the only other changes should be chrome wheels and stainless spokes the same as the stainless exhurst. Ive got this as a small fun project as I also have a 1000 cc Iron Head Harley Sportster under build and draining the coffers, but this little chap needed saving as well. Its a nice just pull out of the shed type of bike to pop down the shops on in a cloud of blue smoke and has the quirky ness of the single seat and the plunger rear suspension that just makes me smile. The last owner was going to pull the old villiers motor out and replace with a Honda 125 engine so Im at least the lesser of two evils.

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Post  piston 197 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:51 am

I recognise that number,it is the Kestrel 69 from Newport,glad the dating letter and papework i sent to you has got the number re-instated,the Kestrel 69 as you say was one year only (1955)it was a model taken from the james range and given it's own identity with a different exhaust,toolbx and tank to differentiate it from the James j15 cadet.FB were not making a small bike so it was a simple operation to badge engineer a James into the FB range to fill the gap.Total number s,not known,but earliest number on our register is V3094 and highest is V5574,so an estimation would be somewhere in the region of 2500/3000 total ??? JH
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Kestrel 66

Post  bessybarnett on Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:44 am

JH, did the FB Kestrel 66 (122cc) 1954/55 come from the James stable or was it originally an FB design in 54? -Just like the 69, a great bike for messing about on - nearly there with my restoration!

Also JH, do you know roughly how many of the 66s were originally made?

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Post  piston 197 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:35 pm

YEP! another badge engineered James for 1954,same applies to all Kestrels (54 & 55) plover 73,78,86,95 and the model 96,the fulmar was a FB design.#Numbers of Kestrel 66 earliest i have is V1001 (first) to V2717 (highest number from our register),so i guess about 1700/2000,JH
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Kestrel 66 and 69

Post  bessybarnett on Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:15 am

Thanks for the information JH. I guess they sold slightly more of the 69 cos of its extra power (147cc) even though, like the 66, it only had the three speed gearbox. Maximum speed for my Kestrel 66 in the late 60s was just over 50mph, but it was more comfortable 'cruising' at between 40-45mph. It was a fun bike to ride. Mine had a dual seat and with two up (lightweights!) it was quite a slog especially up any slight hill. Lincolnshire is not normally known for its hills apart from the Wolds and the Heights. Lindum Hill in Lincoln was always a challenge. I remember after doing a hundred yard dash (only possible if the traffic lights were in your favour!) I could only manage half way up before grinding to a smelly, smoky embarrassing halt to let the passenger off. This was not a cool thing to do for a once cocky 18 year old as this stop once coincided with 'going home time' just outside the entrance to the Girls High School!! Embarassed

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