FN Four 1911

In the early 1900s, motorcycle manufacturers started turning to multiple cylinders to improve performance and speed.  In the US, William Hendersen developed a 4 cylinder “in-line” design that became a prototype for a motorcycle that was produced by the Hendersen Motorcycle Company. The prototype turned into a production model in 1912.

In Belgium an arms manufacturer FN (FABRIQUE NATIONALE) started producing the fastest production motorcycle in the world in 1911. It held that record for another year 1912. It was produced  from 1905 until 1923. It was a 4 cylinder in-line model with shaft drive and a 362cc engine. Bicycle pedals started this puppy on these initial models but was replaced by a kick starter.

Wow, this one innovative motorcycle. An early model 4 cylinder machine with a shaft drive and a move away from the traditional bicycle frame design. Manufactured by an arms dealer in Belgium, it went through many improvements and was produced until 1923. It was the worlds fastest production motorcycle in 1911 and 1912. Some of the models were pretty sexy and I would ride them today if I could. 45 mph top speed. Here is an exhibit of a 1908 model of this motorcycle at Motorcyclepedia in Newburgh, NY.

Check out the history at: http://www.motorcyclepediamuseum.org/1908-fabrique-nationale-motorcycle/


Author: helmetmkt

This is a short bio on me and my history with motorcycles. Hope it doesn't bore you guys. I just thought I'd get it out of the way. I served in the US Navy's submarine program (SSBN 626 - Daniel Webster) from 1965 to 1971. Me In San Juan PR after retrofit USS Daniel Webster when she had bow planes. My 1968 Yamaha 250 cc 2 stroke Street Scrambler While I was in the yards in Newport News , VA I bought a new  250cc 2 stroke Yamaha Street Scrambler. Paid around $500 for it and had it shipped to Oahu, HI when I got transferred there. Used it there until 1971 when I was discharged.Fast forward to 1973. Married, no kids. Went to a picnic @ my wife's cousin's camp and dumped a 650 Norton in a ditch on a backroad, flipped over the handlebars but was wearing a helmet. Decided to stay away from motorcycles for a while. Again, fast forward to 2008 when I decided to get my M/C license in CT. I was building trophies for my buddy Dick Lupkas who was running a motorcycle show every other week behind the Valley Diner in Derby, CT. He  had a 1991 883 Harley Sportster he bought for his wife. I believe she injured her ankle while attending the M/C course and changed her mind. The bike became available, so I bought it. Never took a picture of it though. My 2006 Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster The 883 was fun, but it was a "leaker" and didn't have enough power. It sounded like a beast though. So I went to Yankee Harley in Bristol, CT and traded it in for a 2006 1200 Sportster. In 2010, I decided I wanted to have a (as my buddy Dick Lupkas indicated) "real" bike, so I bought a 2012 Softail. I'm partial to Harley-Davidson. My 2012 Softail with my grandchildren Nathan and Maddy. I had plans to travel and wanted the amenities of a Touring bike, cruise control, storage, ABS and an infotainment system, so I bought my 2014 Ultra Glide Ultra Classic in 2014, and that is the one I currently own. My 2014 Ultra Glide on a trip to Mohegan Sun for a Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction.

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