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FN Model 13 1953 450cc 1 cyl sv


FN Model 13 1953 450cc 1 cyl sv

Manufacturer: FN

Model: 13

Year: 1953
Displacement: 448 cc
Cylinder: 1
Engine type: 4-stroke / sv
Bore / Stroke: 84.5 x 80 mm
Power: 11hp @ 3.500 rpm
Weight: 136 kg
Top Speed: 105 km/h

Frame number: 10839
Engine number: 11200

Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre, S.A., of Herstal, Belgium, had a long history with military organisations as suppliers of arms, notably guns, and only later did they achieve similar renown as manufacturers of military motorcycles. This example, believed to be the Model 13, which was introduced in 1947, is powered by a 448cc, side-valve engine which developed 11hp and drove through a four-speed, unit construction, foot-change gearbox. The distinctive rubber band suspension system, which this example features, was retained until 1951 when it was replaced by more conventional telescopic front suspension and trailing rear forks.

This FN has been restored recently to superb condition. The motorcycle was converted to an electronic ignition during the restoration.