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1925 350cc fanny b

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Post  keith.hodgenia on Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:42 am

Mecum.com, an auction house in the usa have what they say is a 1925 fb with a 350cc jap engine. It doesn't have a bridge frame. Does anybody know if this is a factory bike or a very nice special?
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Post  fulmar88 on Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:07 pm

Seems ok to me. As early as 1921 FB had a similar model with a 292cc JAP 4 stroke. Link below to bike mentioned in opening post.

https://www.mecum.com/lots/LV0119-362459/1925-francis-barnett-single/

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Post  piston 197 on Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:14 pm

Yes looks right to me as well, this model was definitely available in this frame with 3 speed sturmey gearbox as presented in 1923/24 season, but the earlier one had a belt rim brake, whereas the later one had Webb expanding brake hub ( i have a couple of these webb wheels if anyone needs them ? strangely enough they feature taper roller beaings !!) It is possible this model could be ordered in 1925 as well, but my info only lists 1923/24, the frame and style is similar to the first Invicta framed models used by FB prior to the built like a bridge, by 1926 the lugged frame had been dispensed with and the 350JAP was available till 1927 as the model 7 in the built like a bridge frame.
Lovely looking bike, it would be nice to repatriate it ?
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Post  keith.hodgenia on Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:41 pm

Thanks for clearing that up. I didn't know that they used the two different frame types at the same time. I would love to have it but I think it would be very expensive by the time I got it home.
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Jap engined FB

Post  piston 197 on Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:55 pm

There is 1 1/2 Jap engined FB/Invicta near me, Charles Wright who is the VMCC Flat tank section guy has a circa 1921/2, 2 3/4 HP sidevalve JAP remains he bought off me and the one Trevor Wells started to build based on some genuine parts ( tank mostly) and some made up parts, it has been a long project, i supplied Charles with a gearbox about 18 months ago, but have not heard lately how he is getting on ?
We were not sure if the one he had from me was a FB or an Invicta, but as they used the same Invicta frame it is very difficult to tell with an inomplete machine ?

I did have a spare 2 3/4HP JAP engine i was considering putting into a built like a bridge frame, but i sold the rolling chassis to someone who was in need and the JAP engine is the one on the VMCC forum going into Kev Alexander's Humber project !
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Post  keith.hodgenia on Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:14 pm

Thanks for that John. Too many projects on the go to take on any more I am afraid.
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