Francis-Barnett Electric Bikes
The Francis-Barnett brand was founded in 1919. The aim was not only to produce bikes for enthusiasts. But to target the need for reasonably priced personal transport. The re-imagined Francis-Barnetts are electric bikes not motorcycles. However the electric bikes do follow the ethos of the original founders. They are a quality, hand built, mode of transport for the modern era.
Batribike was exclusively licensed to manufacture these limited edition classic bikes. While they were not made in Coventry they were hand finished in Lincolnshire. Especially relevant, the dark green glossy paintwork and gold lines complemented the heritage styling that is very much en-vogue.
The bikes were launched in October 2015 at an exciting event at the Coventry Motor Museum. It was just a stone’s throw away from the original Francis-Barnett Factory. A noteworthy event with old style motorcycles and Jitterbug dancers. Furthermore vintage dress and accessories set the scene for the media and local press.
Classic electric bikes
The vintage styled bicycles had the distinctive Francis-Barnett livery. They were equipped with modern electric bike technology. The step-through and cross-bar style bikes were hand finished at the Batribike facility in Lincolnshire. The bikes featured a 7 speed shimano hub gear in the rear wheel and a 250W brushless motor in the front wheel. The motor was powered by a 36v 10Ah, Samsung, lithium battery.
The riding style for these bikes is definitely a step back into history. The traditionally curved handlebars give an upright ride. Therefore there is no need to hunch over in a speed racing style. A nice relaxed ride and you get the electric motor to help out on the difficult bits.
The Francis-Barnett brand produced bikes from 1919 until 1966. They also produced an autocycle, which they called the Powerbike. The autocycle was essentially a bicycle with pedals and a very small engine. The Francis-Barnett Electric Bicycle has been re-imagined for today.
In Conclusion, the Francis-Barnett limited edition project was a delight to be involved with. As a result the bikes were available from Autumn 2015, throughout 2016 and the early part of 2017.