This is a 1955 shed find Francis Barnett Cruiser 75 fitted with the reliable Villiers 1H 225cc engine. The DVLA records show the bikes last road tax running out in August 1979 so some 39 years ago.
The bike was reregistered in September 1977 under a replacement number and has a Modern V5c stating the date of registration as September 1977 but the date of manufacture as 1955. The bike qualifies for tax and MOT exemption and is at present on SORN.
The bike came to me as a none runner from the owner, a friend of mine who bought three shed find bikes from the same family. All three bikes had been partially stripped mainly the wiring. I sourced a replacement Villiers light switch and a new loom and the bike has been converted to coil ignition with the addition of an ignition key for security, once rewired the bike started up and all the lights now work. My friend has now asked if I could sell the bike as a running restoration or oily rag, ride as is.
Some electrical items have been replaced, brake light switch, Horn, Loom, etc, bit what still needs doing is a replacement front tyre, speedo cable, and a general tuning. The exhaust was very noisy so exhaust blanket has been put into the silencer which has improved it no end, the centre stand I don't think is original as it should have the fragile double lift version which is often replaced.
The bike would be a great ride as is oily rag winter bike as it has not been messed about with, keep your restored bike for the summer. the 1H Villiers engine is a tried a trusted engine and has been used in many classic British two stroke machines, spares are easily obtainable from Villiers services.
Lots of enquiries from people who want to pay with money Gram or Western Union, I will not accept any of this form of payment, unless you are UK based and can pay cash on collection or via a UK bank then please don't bother contacting me.
Garage find 1958 plover 150cc Villiers engine, last used 1977 dry stored since, looks totally original never been messed with comes with its original log book from new plus a new v5c transferable reg number, the engine starts and runs very sweet, mot and tax excempt.
Vintage 1958 Francis Barnett Cruiser 225cc two stroke motorcycle that is in super condition It was restored about 5 years ago with a few upgrades It is tax and mot exempt and comes with its V5. It sarts and rides well a real head turner. Fabulous for the British bike enthusiast.
for sale francis Barnett plover 78 1956.
the bike has been restored with no expense spared
a fully reconditioned engine by Villiers and ran on the bench by them,all new rims and tyres,brand new petrol tank
rewired for direct lighting,rechromed handle bars and levers,
all new cables,new speedo,and .....
I bought this rare bike from a collection about 2 years ago, wanting to own a bike I could complete the Banbury run on, it was subject to an older restoration around 10 years ago, it now has a nice patina.
I have had the head machined this year by a local machine shop and she runs as she should, .....
Now sold sorry
1937 Francis Barnett 250cc lightweight vintage bike.
2 stroke, 3 speed hand shift.
Original near perfect condition.
Purchased from Frank Roper Motorcycles (London Road, Sheffield) in 1937 and used up until 1940. The owner then went to war but never returned. His wife stored .....