I'm Steve and I used to be a 'Brit but my job relocated me to Tampa, Florida in 1989. In the contents of my relocation-move container shipment was a "basket-case" Francis Barnett Falcon that I had then recently acquired with the intention of restoring it.
Well 30 years have slipped by and I find myself recently retired with a little time on my hands and wanting to make a start on the restoration of my 'FannyB. First step, join the FBOC, check! Next step, find out exactly what model and year the bike is, so I can get some documentation and track down the missing parts.
I have the original brown UK Registration Book for my Francis Barnett which is document A035236. It lists the original Registration Mark as “WRB 806”, although the “B” could be a “D” as the letter’s upper-loop is tiny. This “logbook” lists it as a Model “Falcon 62” with Frame Number “VTMT3217” and with engine number 3758 of rating “197cc”, original colour “black” and Date of Original Registration of ”1-January 1955” with a corresponding series of annual Road Tax payments.
However, when I sanded the remaining paint from the side of the headstock to reveal the frame number, the following appears from the stamping “VTM732178C”. The "V" prior to the "TM" seems to have been stamped by a screwdriver type tool and is I think not original. There is no "VTM" in either the Roy Bacon book “Villiers Singles and Twins” nor online at
The "TM" prefix without the leading “V” would make it a 1953 model 197 54?
It's engine type should be a Villiers 6E (3 speed) of serial number prefix 207A?
Any help to identify or verify the correct year and model would be appreciated!
It is my plan to use the bike to contest the AHRMA (American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) national series of vintage trials in their "lightweight rigid" class. I used to do a bit of pre '65 trials in the UK, so that's my plan for retirement-fitness.
Feel free to say "hi" or pass-on any advice or tips.
PS. My daughter's sorority sisters from her US university coined the nickname "Papa Love" from my last name which is actually "Loveridge". As a "pimp name" the nickname and hence my FBOC Forum Handle have stuck.