Francis-Barnett Press Launch

POSTED: 7th October 2015

Yesterday some of the Batribike team was in Coventry at the Transport Museum launch of the Francis-Barnett classic electric bikes. Almost a century after the first bike was built in Coventry, and 50 years after the factory doors closed for the last time, these two milestones were marked with the launch of the new vintage style e-bikes.

Steve Coulson, Managing Director of Batribike played a key role in the design and manufacturing implementation of the bikes. Steve was joined at the launch by Andrew Longfield, owner of the Francis-Barnett brand, whose inspiration it was to revive the brand with modern technology.

Francis-Barnett launch

Andrew Longfield (left) and Steve Coulson (centre) supported by the jitterbug dancers

With its classic lines, vintage design and heritage green paint work, the new bike is not only sympathetic to Francis-Barnett’s original ethos of both style and reliability, but is designed to complement a modern, fashion focussed rider and includes cutting edge e-bike technologies.

The scene for the press launch outside the museum was set with Jitterbug dancers and music provided by a vintage wind up gramophone. Even the rain did not dampen the spirits but made some excellent reflections across Millennium Place in front of the museum.

Francis-Barnett reflections

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire were able to send a live radio feed interview just before lunch and a short film presentation was also uploaded to their website.

F-B on the radio

BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire set up for the live broadcast

For further information on these classic electric bikes, see the Francis-Barnett pages of the website.

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