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Fowler and Bingham

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Fowler and Bingham of Coventry Road, Hay Mills, Birmingham

See William Henry Bingham and William H. Fowler

The Wizard was a motorcycle produced in 1914. This model was fitted with the 269cc Villiers engine, Albion two-speed gearbox or fixed gear, belt drive and Druid forks. In this form it was only listed for a few months.

The FB were motorcycles produced from 1913 to 1922.

1913-22 Built own two-stroke engines up to 411cc for sale to other producers as well as for their own motorcycles

1913 Late that year the company introduced their 411cc two-stroke engine. It had a one-piece crankshaft and a connecting rod with a split plain big-end, a deflector piston and one-piece cylinder and head. The intended lubrication system was to be pressure-fed, but petroil was used on test.

1914 The model was fitted with a 269cc Villiers engine, belt-final drive and Druid forks. For that year only, both single- and two-speed models were listed as the Wizard.

Wartime brought production to a close, but the FB name did appear post-war, on the small two-stroke that was available for a few years.

1922 At about this time FB slipped from sight.

See Also

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Sources of Information

  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
  • The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle by Peter Henshaw. Published 2007. ISBN 978 1 8401 3967 9