Thursday, February 16, 2012

Adventures On A 1910 FN

Please take a look at this
Here is a quote from the rider, Ron Fellowes;  "My goal is to ride my 1910 Fabrique Nationale overland from Nepal back to Belgium so I can celebrate the bike’s one hundred years in it’s place of origin – the culmination of a lifetime of motorcycling challenges & adventures."

To say this a world class challenge is an understatement, Ron is in his 70's and the hardship of this deal is amazing.  Please follow his blog as he has already started the ride as of Feb. 08, 2012

1910 FN Motorcycle

About the bike

FN is a Belgium company established in 1899 to make arms and ammunition and from 1901 to 1967 was also a motorcycle manufacturer. FN manufactured the world’s first four cylinder motorcycle and became famous for the use of shaft drive in all models from 1903 to 1923. In 1905 the first 362cc shaft drive in-line FN inlet-over-exhaust four cylinder motorcycle appeared. This was the world’s first manufactured four cylinder motorcycle. These pioneer machines had a five bearing crankshaft with pedal assist.
  • A 1910 FN (Fabrique Nationale) four cylinder in-line engine
  • Capacity 498cc
  • Automatic inlet valve & camshaft driven exhaust
  • Shaft drive with clutch
  • Magneto ignition
  • 26×2.5 beaded edge tyres
  • Fuel capacity 6 litres
  • Oil capacity 2 litres
  • Oil system total loss via dripper
  • Brakes on rear wheel only
  • Modified aluminium pistons
  • Pedal start