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Post  kerabo on Sun May 12, 2019 7:22 pm

Is this a Francis Barnett 15576810

Is this anything to fo with the Francis part of Francis Barnett?

Borrowed from another site.

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Post  piston 197 on Mon May 13, 2019 12:26 pm

It is a well know special being a FB built like a bridge frame fitted with a James "V" twin 750cc engine, there was one on the Isle of Man and another one built as a special, this may be a restored version of either of these ? or a third, but a "home built" special, not a Manufacturers effort

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Post  kerabo on Tue May 14, 2019 6:34 pm

These were the words that accompanied the picture.

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Rarity Alert...... Francis Superior SS500 - George Broughs secret machine.....

The Blurb -

George Brough rode a Francis Barnet in a local trial in the 20s, he was so impressed with it he made a special from it. He also viewed it as a cost cutting exercise to aid his sales if he ever marketed it. After the trial he approached the Francis Barnet management with a view to arranging supplies of their frames and engines to his specs. The Francis Barnet management were horrified that George Brough was asking for 'improvements' (quote - our products areas near perfect as possible). They promptly threw him out and were also horrified that he intended to fit one of those horrible shaped petrol tanks to one of their frames.

George went away with his tail between his legs resenting what they had told him and them, calling him a mere assembler of other peoples parts.

George Brough then hid the special on a local farm and conveniently forgot about it. The bike was found in the late 90's at the back of an old farm building just outside Nottingham, hidden under an old tarpaulin and several bales of hay. In one of the Brough style toolboxes was a rolled up white flat cap with a tag inside with GB's initials and return to Hayden Road if found.

George must have felt greatly humiliated by his treatment by the Francis Barnett management and forgot his cap after dumping the special.... Wink

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Post  piston 197 on Tue May 14, 2019 6:50 pm

Unfortunately someone will read this and think that it is fact, rather than the work of fiction it is!
W.E Brough ( not George brough)  produced his first motorcycle in 1902, by 1912 he was producing a "V" twin, George Brough set up his own business in 1919 in Nottingham ( Brough Superior) and by 1922 was producing the SS80 V twin, pre dating the FB "built like a bridge" frame.

The accompanying text  in the post above is a work of fiction, which some gullible readers will take as gospel, even if FB had supplied the frame ( a big if) they would have had a problem supplying engies as the engine in the bike pictured is a James engine, and they were very distinctly different factories at the time .

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