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FB Falcon - help needed for magazine article

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FB Falcon - help needed for magazine article

Post  ohulme on Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:51 pm

Hello everyone, sorry to crash in like this uninvited, but I wondered if anyone would like to help me out...  To introduce myself, I'm a Staff Writer for Classic Bike Guide Magazine and this month I'm doing a piece on the Falcon, after a  little test I did on one splendid example from a dealership in Oxfordshire. I was most taken with it and came close to passing over folding money, had it not been for my impecunious state... Anyway I was wondering if the club has a technical officer (or any owners) who I could talk to about the Falcon for the article -what's good about them, what to look out for, how is spares availability, that sort of thing - and whether there are any FB specialists I should include in the listing at the end of the piece? If you could help me out in any way I'd be very grateful.

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Ollie Hulme


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Technical FB guy

Post  piston 197 on Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:32 pm

Chris , i think it is me you need to talk to, being the FB technical officer, VMCC Marque specialist etc
I will send you a p.m with my contact details

question Whuich falcon ? they started the Falcon name in the early 30's and continued until 1966 with a "Falcon" all very different bikes, may i also suggest you get a copy of Francis barnett the complete story, by Arthur Gent, there is probaly everything you need to know in there and i can fill in some gaps ?

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Re: FB Falcon - help needed for magazine article

Post  ohulme on Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:38 pm

Thanks John - The Falcon I tested was a 1958 registered bike - not sure which actual model it was, but I think it's probably a 1957 model 77, with the 7e engine and a three-speed gearbox. Can the model types be identified from a picture?

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Help needed

Post  piston 197 on Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:44 pm

Yes you are right you do need some help?
The road going falcon 74 models were fitted with 8E engines in 1956 and 1957 frame Nos prefixed WM and YM ( 1956 and 1957 year models) in 1958/9 they became the 10E engined Falcon 81? Frame prefix ZN and AN
The Falcon 77 was a 1956/7 scrambler with a 7E competition engine and 4 speed Albion gearbox
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Re: FB Falcon - help needed for magazine article

Post  ohulme on Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:48 pm

piston 197 wrote:Yes you are right you do need some help?
The road going falcon 74 models were fitted with 8E engines in 1956 and 1957 frame Nos prefixed WM and YM ( 1956 and 1957 year models) in 1958/9 they became the 10E engined Falcon 81? Frame prefix ZN and AN
The Falcon 77 was a 1956/7 scrambler with a 7E competition engine and 4 speed Albion gearbox
JH

Thanks - it was only when I started to look into the model properly that I realised just how complicated the model numbering system was!


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Not that complicated

Post  piston 197 on Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:53 pm

Not that hard to understand models from 1923 onwards had a model number starting at 1 and ending at 96,for each separate incarnation , from 1931 onwards they had an alpha numeric frame number which identified the year,model and in some cases suspension type competition designation and colour

one of the easiest and simplest system of any brit bike, compared to Triumphs who kept the same designation,but changed colour every year and Enfields who repeated their frame Nos. over and over with the same frames used for 250.350.500 700 etc,
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