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Post  mikes on Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:24 pm

Hi, just joined, thought I'd say hello.

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Post  bill2b on Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:36 pm

Hello Mikes
At least Me and the wife are not the new folk here anymore, welcome.
What have you got ?
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Post  piston 197 on Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:20 am

Hi Mikes, yes pretty welcoming bunch and a good source of information, a lot of questions have been asked before so always try your queerys in the search box at the top right first as they may have been answered , if not ask away there are a lot of knowledgeable people on here FB wise
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Post  alan67 on Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:31 am

Hi Mikes welcome aboard and happy barnett'en that's a proper word in suffolk, have you a bike yet? Alan
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Post  mikes on Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:26 pm

Hi & Thank you all for the welcoming words - I feel at home already!

I'm on the hunt for a FB, so no bike yet.

My father owned a Franny-B in the 50's (didn't all Dad's?) and we have piccies of it. It would be great if it was still around - just a long shot, but the Reg was MBO 15 if there are any owners on here that have it tucked away in the garage?




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MBO 15 registration

Post  piston 197 on Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:36 pm

MBO 15 was issued in Cardiff in January 1956, so assuming the bike was new it will either be
1 Plover 73 147cc Villiers
2 Falcon 74 197cc Villiers
3 Cruiser 75 225cc Villiers
4 Falcon 76 Trials 197cc Villiers
5 Falcon 77 Scrambles 197cc Villiers

This is assuming that the vehicle was new when registered
Checking on the DVLA website they have no vehicle with the registration MBO 15 , so it was not in use in 1984 when the computerised system came into being, most likely it has gone to the "great scrapyard in the sky "

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Post  mikes on Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:47 pm

Thanks for the info, that's great! It was the Falcon 74, my Dad bought it new in Wales and 'commuted' to Little Risington (Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds) year round....! I think you're right, it's gone to meet it's maker.

I'm looking for a Falcon 74 (with Villers engine) if you know of one for sale?

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Falcon 74

Post  piston 197 on Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:56 pm

It will be Green and be either 1956 with a "WM" start to the frame number ,or 1957 with a "YM" start to the frame number, the engine was a Villiers 8E 197cc with engine pre-fix beginning 070B if it still has it's original motor .
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Post  mikes on Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:59 pm

More good info., thank you. I know it was definitely green!

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Post  fulmar88 on Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:11 am

piston 197 wrote:It will be Green and be either 1956 with a "WM" start to the frame number ,or 1957 with a "YM" start to the frame number, the engine was a Villiers 8E 197cc with engine pre-fix beginning 070B if it still has it's original motor .
JH

Not forgetting engine number pre-fix 071B if it had the optional 4 speed gearbox.

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Post  mikes on Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:56 am

It was a green Falcon 74 with a 3 speed gear box purchased from Glanfield Lawrence on City Road in Cardiff in January 1956. I suspect it's long since died a death...

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Falcon 74 for sale on Ebay

Post  MoscowFlyer on Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:12 pm

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Falcon 74

Post  piston 197 on Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:26 pm

Yes looks good, you could not restore one for this price !, Only immediate obvious problem it has an earlier 6E engine in it, won't affect how it goes and a prettier looking engine as well, looks identical from the r/hand side , just the head and clutch covers give it away as a 6E, you cannot fit these clutch covers to an 8E, so definitely a 6E

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Post  MoscowFlyer on Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:16 pm

Well spotted John, nothing escapes your attention. Mike
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