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Fabrique Nationale

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

Brief History of the Marque

About the FN

The FN from Oldtimers

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