Manufactured by Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre at Herstal, near Liege, Belgium in 1913, this is the oldest motor cycle in the Museum's collection. It was purchased in 1986.
FN were one of the pioneers of motor cycle manufacturing, producing their first model in 1901. For many years they were the leading make in Belgium. They became famous for their shaft-drive designs built between 1903 and 1923. Apart from the shaft-drive this motor cyle is similar to other early motor cycles of the pre-1920 period. The frame and rear wheel are rigid with suspension in the front forks and the springs under the driver's saddle. It has a small single-cylinder side-valve engine rated at just 2.75 horsepower with a two-speed gearbox. The pedals were provided for starting and perhaps helping the engine on steeper hills. A stand is provided which lifts the rear wheel off the ground. This also allows the engine to be started while the bike was stationary if desired.

Physical Description

Engine 2 3/4 HP, Bore 65mm, Stroke 86mm Single cylinder, gearbox 2 speed. Clutch hand operated from side of tank. Shaft drive to rear wheel. Starting achieved by pedalling. Tyres 26 x 2 x 1 3/4.

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