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What is this bike?
« on: 22.05. 2020 19:36 »
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Re: What is this bike?
« Reply #1 on: 22.05. 2020 19:51 »
Is that hand-change? Looks foreign. Whatever, it certainly comes from the ugly bin. And what's with that bulbous shield in front of the engine? To protect it from rubbish thrown up by the front wheel, or catch the bits as they exit the crankcase?
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Re: What is this bike?
« Reply #2 on: 22.05. 2020 20:33 »
Liking the rear mudguard and goggles! Chap looks well pleased with it. Maybe the bulge at front is an expansion chamber for the exhaust  *bright idea* *bash* *good3*
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Re: What is this bike?
« Reply #3 on: 23.05. 2020 05:44 »
Francis Barnett Cruiser, circa 1935?
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« Reply #4 on: 23.05. 2020 07:14 »
Great period riding gear.  *smile*
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Re: What is this bike?
« Reply #5 on: 23.05. 2020 13:47 »
Francis Barnett Cruiser, circa 1935?
Yes indeed! I searched that name and found this:
https://images.app.goo.gl/yAsCCjDQyJYyiyCb8
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Re: What is this bike?
« Reply #6 on: 23.05. 2020 14:04 »
is that shaft drive
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Re: What is this bike?
« Reply #7 on: 23.05. 2020 15:25 »
    Another shot of how things were when I was a kid.

 The forecourt is unusual as it has 4 brands of fuel. Shell BP Power and National Benzole. Power fuels were distributed by Esso. These days it all one brand on franchised forecourts.  The Oil dispenser is for Shell X100 Motor Oil, and it looks like the Autobrite Car Polish sales rep has been round, that's what's featured in the window.

 Car I reckon is a Vauxhall 10 from 1938/39. Quite an innovation, OHV engine and one of the first cars with modern monocoque construction. Dad had one in the late 1950's and was on first name terms with the local welder about 20 minutes after getting it home. In those days any old car was in demand and charlatans in the motor trade is nothing new.

    I would imagine the picture is from the mid 1950's, and the fella with the Fanny B is smiling because he has personal transport, a lot of the folks then just walked or took the bus.  Private cars were all self funded, HP was just another word for debt, which the average working bloke tried to avoid.

  The vertical grey item behind the rider is not part of the bike, looks like a concrete GPO phone junction box.


 Bill.   Frances Barnett and their two strokes were always at the cheap and cheerful end of the market, so a complex shaft drive is unlikely.

GB Thanks for a few moments of nostalgia.

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Re: What is this bike?
« Reply #8 on: 25.05. 2020 09:06 »
Maybe the bulge at front is an expansion chamber for the exhaust  *bright idea* *bash* *good3*
Or maybe he's just pleased to see the photographer.
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