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Post  davin999 on Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:02 pm

Has anyone got any idea how many pre war 32,39 & 45 cruiser`s were made ?

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Post  piston 197 on Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:34 pm

It would be difficult without any factory records, but frame numbers between 1933 and 1940 vary from approx 26000, to 41000 so as an approximation it would be safe to assume FB produced around 15,000 bikes in this period, but the Seagulls, Plovers,Powerbikes Snipes etc. also fit into this range of numbers, only the prefix letters differentiate the models.
So what proportion of these bikes were cruiser 32.39 and 45 would be difficult to gauge, but probably between a third and half of this total ??
Surprisingly for a mostly tin panelled bike an awful lot have survived, testamount to, a), the build quality and, b), their unsuitability for youngsters to cane them round the fields !

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Post  davin999 on Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:13 pm

We`ll never really know then John, does the club keep a register of bike owned by members ?

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Post  piston 197 on Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:20 pm

In theory when joining the club machine details are asked for by the membership secretary Ken Booth , these are passed on to Keith Clarke who is the Keeper of the Register.
There was a booklet produced by a former keeper of the register Arthur Gent and the info i gave in the earlier response was estimated from known machines in that booklet.
There has not been an updated version for many years, maybe it is time for an update to be published ?
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