Classic British motorcycle brand revived in Coventry - The Coventry Observer

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Classic British motorcycle brand revived in Coventry

Shaun Reynolds 22nd Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE UK’S leading e-bike company, Batribike, has revived a classic British motorcycle brand – almost a century after the first bike was built in Coventry.

With its classic lines, vintage design and heritage green paint work, Coventry born entrepreneur – Andrew Longfield – helped launch the electric bike at the Coventry Transport Museum.

Retailing at £1499, the new Francis-Barnett vintage e-bike has been developed over the last two years and is now being hand finished in Lincolnshire.

Steve Coulson, Managing Director of Batribike, said: “Our design team has worked hard to ensure every detail of the bike honours the vintage styling and values of Francis-Barnett’s wonderful machines of yester-year.

“Francis-Barnett was known for its stylish, yet unfailing workman-like machines that would be built to both make a design statement, yet reliably get you to work on time.

“We really wanted to incorporate both the design and steadfast reliability into our new bike, and the result has surpassed all of our wildest dreams.”

Francis-Barnett was British motorcycle manufacturer, based in Coventry, founded in 1919 that developed a range of bikes – the last of which left the factory in 1966 – at which time a British motoring institution was lost, until today.

Andrew Longfield, the new owner of the Francis-Barnett brand, said: “Seeing this amazing brand be brought right into the 21st century, whilst maintaining the heart and soul of the original company, has been a dream come true.

“The team at Batribike have done an incredible job.”

With a maximum speed of up to 15.5 mph (25 km/h), the new bike can reach between 28 and 60 miles depending on the level of pedal assist selected.

To find your nearest retailer, visit or call 01427 787774.

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