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Fosscati Motored Bikes: 4-Strokes


  In the 4-stroke range of motorized bicycles there are three basic men’s models:

The Fosscati FG4 ‘Tincogan Thumper’, the Fosscati FG4 ‘Billinudgel Bullet’ and the Fosscati FG4 ‘Indian Pacific’.

There are many variations and optional extras, such as engine type, gearbox type, gearing and exhaust type, for both these models but the basic model of each includes everything needed to make the bikes fit for the purpose of a reliable means of transport.    The Ladies models are dealt with on a separate page.

Each bike is built to individual specifications – tailor made for the individual needs of the customer.  Every bike is built to a stringent standard of safety and precision that has to satisfy Giacomo Fosscati.  All fixings are made from Australian high strength steel.  No inferior Chinese steel fixings are ever used on a Fosscati.  All bikes are trialled for approx. 250 kms to iron out any idiosynchrasies that always occur with a hand crafted machine,  When the bikes are handed over to their owners we know they are in perfect running condition.

“Hand made for pleasure, precision made to measure”  That’s my motto says Giacomo Fosscati.

The official Fosscati Banner – an applique made by Jacqui Murray

The 2011 FG4 Indian is even better than previous models - She is arguably the most durable bike in the Fosscati stable.

Motorcycles run in Fosscati's blood.

Prototype for Fosscati FG4 Tincogan Thumper comes with NAVMAN GPS Navigation for all of Australia

2010 Fosscati FG4 "Indian Pacific" under construction

 

Fosscati FG4 Billinudgel Bullet Motorised Bicycle

This is the most popular of the Fosscati 4-stroke mens range. She is popularly called ‘The Bullet’ because she has a bulletproof reputation for reliability.  She uses the top of the range Schwinn Classic Deluxe 7 Cruiser and sports white walled Typhoon balloon tyres with thornproof tubes and anti-puncture slime, springer front forks with V-brake, 7 speed Shimano Nexus geared hub, a stove enamelled paint job on the tank, Honda GXH 50 engine, steel fenders with rear rack, a suspension saddle post for additional comfort and a streamlined front fender light for that 1930s feel.  The 2010 model has matt black engine casing and twin halogen lights that can fry a snake at a thousand paces!.

The 2010 Fosscati FG4 Billinudgel Bullet is a beautiful machine.

SEE THE MOVIE – “FORZA FOSSCATI”

   FORZA FOSSCATI: THE MOVIE       You can see Giacomo Fosscati leisurely riding two different Fosscati 4 strokes (different strokes for different folks) – The FG4 Billinudgel Bullet and the FG4 Indian Pacific – in and around Mullumbimby NSW.  The Movie is called FORZA FOSSCATI and can be viewed on the link below:

http://vimeo.com/9855824

2007 model Fosscati FG4 Billinudgel Bullet - "the pride of the motorised bike fleet"

To keep building the Bullet in 2011 we have to trawl the web for the discontinued Schwinn frame

2009 model Fosscati FG4 Billinudgel Bullet during the standard Fosscati 250 kms trialling period

Giacomo trialling a new 2009 model Bullet "there is nothing like a fast 60 km run to stretch a new chain" says Giacomo Fosscati

2011 Fosscati "Bullet" - a brand new vintage machine ...... waiting to transport your spirit.

To build the 2011 Bullet Fosscati had to find old bikes of this discontinued model.

2010 model FG4 ‘Billinudgel Bullet’ deluxe – built for smooth reliability & comfort

Work is underway on a new Fosscati FG4 Tincogan Thumper with belt driven gearbox.

Fosscati FG4 ‘Indian Pacific’ Motored Bicycle
The Fosscati FG4 Indian Pacific was named after the famous Australian train of the same name because the original model belonged to Giacomo and he knew that, just like the train, his bike was built to run across Australia in all weather and to run on time!

2007 model FG4 Indian Pacific - shes done 29,000 kms now without missing a beat!

Indian 1915-16 classic V twin board racer

Although ‘The Indian Pacific’ is named after the famous trans-Australian train she could just as well be named after the classic American Motorcycle. ‘The Indian’, as she is affectionately called, is named after the the train because she runs accross this big brown land in all weather and she runs on time! She is built using a Schwinn Alloy Cruiser with rigid hi-ten steel tapered front forks. The forks have quite a lot of twanginess in them so she is pretty good on reasonable roads and the suspended saddle post takes the roughness out of any bumps.  Built with a choice of Honda GXH or HS Honda copy engine she is a light bike and responsive to the throttle. She is also marginally better on fuel consumption than the much heavier steel framed FG4 Billinudgel Bullet but on all Fosscatis fuel prices are really very unimportant with 80 to 110 kms per litre easily achieved depending upon the model. The great thing about the Fosscati 4-strokes (FG4s) is being able to fill up at any service station and being able to pay for a tank of petrol from your loose change. The FG4s will cruise comfortably at 48 km\hr with room to spare for any sudden need to accellerate up into the mid 50s. They climb hills easily with a little assistance but you will never need to sweat – the wind in your face is always cooler than the effort of assisting the pedals even in 40 degrees Celsius of summer heat.  The big Schwinn saddle with its dual springs (like an upside-down version of Madonna’s bra) is placed low and the handlebars are placed high to make the riding position comfortable on long rides.  It is important not to place too much bodyweight forwards on a motorised bicycle or it leads to sore shoulders, neck and arms.  The Schwinn Classic Californian Beach Cruiser frames are ideal for comfort.  The design of these frames was first introduced in the 1930s and it has certainly withstood the test of time although Schwinn, in their wisdom, have seen fit to discontinue most of the classic cruiser frames in their 2010 range.  This is a great shame because they are a great bike for motorising.

The Indian is happy running all day at speed- she was born to run wild across the Great Divide.

The 2011 Fosscati FG4 Indian sports a beautiful paint job and is light, fast and very sturdy indeed; Built to last.

Click to enlarge the 2011 Indian and scrutinise the quality in detail - we are proud of the Fosscati finish and quality.

The 2010 model Fosscati ‘Indian’ priced at $2995 – Fosscati’s best quality throughout.

2010 model FG4 Indian Pacific priced at $2995 - Style & Quality with a Dash.

Another Fosscati FG4 Indian Pacific nears completion in the workshops

Original 2007 model Fosscati FG4 Indian Pacific - still flying about with 29,000 kms and still like new. She is light and powerful.

An Indian Pacic adorns a Fosscati Poster. This one has run 12,000 kms without missing a beat.

2010 model FG4 Indian Pacific - Reliability & Style for $2995.00 Unbeatable VALUE!

2010 model FG4 Indian Pacific - the quality of the Fosscati finish is superb

Fosscati FG4 Indian Pacific 2007 model with HS Honda copy motor - a reliable low-maintenance workhorse. Light alloy frame & powerful motor = speed on tap.

Fosscati BM Trailer for transporting your bicycle

This trailer is purpose made and comes supplied with rego plates etc.  It also comes with a box cover & can be used for general purposes when not required for transporting your Fosscati Motorised Bicycle

Fosscati BM Trailer

Fully roadworthy approved car trailer incl. box top (ONLY $1800.00)

2 year old Fosscati FG4 Billinudgel Bullet in Darwin NT 2010

CONTACT GIACOMO FOSSCATI by e-mail:      fosscati@gmail.com

FORZA FOSSCATI - Motorized Bicycles in Action FORZA FOSSCATI – Motorized Bicycles in Action
http://vimeo.com/9855824

About this video:
“4-stroke Fosscati Motorised Bicycles in Action in and around Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia”

FONO: 02 6680 5740 or, if calling from outside Australia:  (612) 805740

CELLULARE:  o431 417588 or, if calling from outside Australia:  +61431 417588

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. Aldo Murano permalink
    January 3, 2010 8:51 pm

    Almost four years ago I had the good fortune to acquire an early Fosscati two-stroke. It has run like a dream since then – up hill and down dale across the Northern Rivers District of New South Wales.

    Riding the Fosscati has opened a new world of two wheeled adventure and freedom.

    Aldo Murano

    • November 8, 2011 2:30 am

      Thanks Aldo. I particularly love your bike because you were one of the first Fosscati owners and unlike myself, you have never fallen off your bike!

  2. tom tometich permalink
    February 13, 2010 12:53 pm

    How do you contact Fosscati to see about purchasing a bike or motor? I can’t seem to find a contact number or website other than the e-mail in one of the pictures. Thanks Tom

  3. John O'Connor permalink
    March 22, 2010 12:33 am

    I really love your bikes Giacomo. I see them on the roads and their riders always look so happy. When petrol gets a bit dearer I’ll get a Fosscati ‘Indian Pacific’ because I can see it has all the qualities I could ever want from an alternative method of transport. I know I’ll enjoy riding it and I just wanted to say that I love your craftsmanship and your blog. Forza Fosscati! (as the movie says) John O’C

  4. March 22, 2010 12:43 am

    Thanks for your kind remarks John. I reckon the “Indian” is probably the nicest of them all & cheap as chips to run. Roll on peak oil and your visit to Fosscati Garages.
    Giacomo

  5. June 1, 2010 3:52 am

    how much indian RS

    • June 24, 2010 12:20 pm

      They start at $2995 as it says on the 4-stroke page.
      Giacomo

  6. Ian Klutke permalink
    June 23, 2010 11:32 pm

    I was a bit taken back at the price of your bikes…initially! But… there is no short-cut to perfection from what looks like ‘blue printing’ quality. Its this re-engineering and all the work you put into your product that will get me one of your machines eventually. I have a chinese copy of a schwinn fitted with a 2-stroke, but I get nervous at every ride, wondering what will come loose and/or drop off.
    At $15 a litre for good 2-stroke oil too, makes each 2.5 litre tank fill around $7.50…thats not economy in my book!
    I wonder if you are ever going to look into fitting a jack-shaft system into your bikes, with the gears they would perform very well.
    Appreciate your thoughts on this.
    Cheers, Ian.

    • June 24, 2010 12:18 pm

      Hi Ian,
      Thanks for your interesting comment. My bikes are good value if you consider the following:
      1. 12 month unlimited warranty on 4-strokes with 24/7 roadside assistance anywhere around Byron Bay;
      2. The amount of time taken during the build and the amount of substitute Australian quality parts is what makes them reliable (see the page on ‘What Makes a Fosscati Different’);
      3. There are cheap ZBox motors on supermarket bikes being sold for about $800 but of the 3 I’ve had brought in for fixing they were all write-offs and they were only between 1 week and 5 weeks old;
      4. A new junk bike every month comes to about $9600 a year and that is not including tipping fees because both the bikes and the engines are junk – supermarket bikes are not good enough quality for motorising, believe me.
      When you consider the above Fosscatis become pretty excellent value and they include as standard things that the other sellers omit such as mudguards, rear rack, lights, speedo\odo, decent wide sprung saddle, suspended saddle post and a host of other things.
      I agree with you that semi-synthetic 2-stroke oil is expensive but during the 500 kms running-in period you can use ordinary ‘dinosaur’ oil because it is only after that time that the semi-synthetic proves its worth. I recommend a much leaner mix than the engine makers 1 in 30 or 1 in 35 is fine. The recommended 1 in 20 is way too rich and if the makers and sellers actually rode these bikes for even a week they would know this. Too rich a mixture just compounds the already bad environmental foot print of a 2-stroke motor. The 4-strokes are so much cleaner and greener but a well set-up 2-stroke on a bicycle emits many times less pollution than even a small car. The 2-strokes I use are actually very reliable nowadays which is why I have started using them again after a moratorium of 18 months when the quality dropped below my lowest acceptable standard.
      A jack-shaft is probably a good idea on a 2stroke if the rider is prepared to have the extra hassle of gears. On a 4-stroke it is really only practical on a small rear mounted engine on a dual suspension MTB which will then go over practically any terrain but that is an expensive build using American-made components on an expensive dual suspension MTB – not everyone’s cup of Earl Grey. I have built one however for a guy who rides through the National Parks around here.
      The pros and cons of questions you raise are exactly what I go through with every customer to ensure they get what they need and what they can afford. The jack-shaft and NuVinci CVT rear hub is an option on a beach cruiser frame with 50cc 4-stroke but the real advantage would be its ability to climb very steep hills. The cruising speed is no faster than the standard reduction gearbox I use. It is also a considerable added expense when probably using the right sized rear sprocket would achieve as good a result. If I thought it was worthwhile to use a jack-shaft on a 4-stroke I’d have one on my own bike. I am installing one on a 50cc chopper soon and will let you know if it improves performance by a worthwhile amount.
      I have fitted jack shafts onto 2-stroke motors but only where it is warranted. If you are going to be doing serious lengthy journeys you are much better off with a 4-stroke and a jack shaft on a 4-stroke doesn’t make much difference (although I have used a rear mounted Staton which drives through the gears). The advantage of a jack-shaft on a 2-stroke is it can cruise at speed at less revs which will prolong engine life but the people I build 2-strokes for only do short trips that don’t make the jack-shaft worthwhile. Until recently the 2-strokes were so unreliable in terms of quality (most still are) that a jack shaft would have been like casting pearls after swine.
      Basically every bike is custom built for its owner and if a jack-shaft is warranted I would certainly use one. In the case of 2-strokes I would say a jack-shaft is a good idea but so also is using a MTB with 700C wheels which cruises fast at lower revs and gives a much more comfortable ride. For a fast 2-stroke rider who rides long distances I’d recommend a jack-shaft.
      Ciao,
      Giacomo

  7. Ian Klutke permalink
    June 24, 2010 11:55 pm

    Thanks for your informative dialogue on the jackshaft system…ingnore my comments or delete on the other page where I left a message, except for the comment about Fosscati bikes being the Ferrari of motorized bikes. Love the music on you videos mate.
    Cheers Ian from Darwin

    • June 25, 2010 9:04 pm

      Thanks Ian. Calvin Jones, who also lives in Darwin, has a Fosscati FG4 Billinudgel Bullet & I wonder if you have ever seen it blasting through the monsoon and the bulldust. He is the Sergeant at Arms of The Darwin Fosscati Gang!
      In NSW the law says it isn’t technically a motor assisted bicycle if it has gears driven through the engine. It becomes a motorcycle if it has gears but I am really only interested in finding a sustainable alternative to car useage so I’m not too bothered about gears either way. I’d like to try running a jackshaft to the right side and then by chain to a freewheel chainring on the crank inside the existing chainring and then directly back via the normal pedal chain to a NuVinci CVT rear hub but my friends who have tried it report disappointing results considering the expense and the only pro is being able to drive very slowly comfortably and to go up really steep hills albeit at a very slow speed without engine knocking. A jackshaft would mean deleting the lovely Schwinn chain guard and looks are almost everything on a Fosscati!
      There are very few hills my standard 4-strokes can’t go up if you take a run at them and I can always use a larger rear sprocket which makes hills easier but top speed reduces accordingly. I usually use a 48 tooth rear sprocket which gives me a cruising speed of a comfy 48 – 53 km\hr & I am no longer a young man nor am I very fit but that gear combination seems OK for 99.85% of the time.
      Giacomo

  8. Ian Klutke permalink
    November 10, 2010 10:27 pm

    Greetings Giacomo;
    I have now fitted a sick bike parts shift kit to my el-cheepo Chinese copy of a Schwinn – havn’t fitted gears yet, but am looking closer at buying one of your creations. What interests me is the belt drive you are fitting to the ladies bike range. What I AM CONTEMPLATING is an Indian with the usual 4-stroke Honda, but instead of being driven by a chain I would rather fancy a belt drive driven from the frame mounted 4-stroke. Am I dreaming or can this be done?
    I rather like the big hoop drive on the back wheel. Back in the 20’s and 30’s the olde worlde rather weak belts drove the bikes this way, but with modern technology and kevlar belts they should be clean, quiet and have a long life. Your thoughts appreciated mate.
    Cheers, Ian Klutke
    Darwin NT

  9. Canadian John permalink
    September 19, 2011 10:10 pm

    These bikes are just gorgeous Giacomo. I’m ready to order one and am going to call you today. I want the beltdrive gearbox version.

  10. Luca permalink
    November 6, 2011 11:07 pm

    Forza Giacomo,

    Sono Milanese pero vivo a Sydney, Australia, mi chiamo Gian Luca. Io apprezzo le cose fatte bene e’ le tue biciclette sono meravilgiose.

    I wouldn’t worry what people say giacomo. If i had the money i would definately buy one of your bikes. Infact have you considered stocking them in Australia ? The luxury market here for quality bikes is strong and people are buying utter rubbish bikes for $800 here.

    I can’t even find a decent bike for myself. There simply are none available here. YES it is true. Your bikes are very expensive BUT if you want the best of something then you have to be prepared to pay for it.

    I’m proud to be Italiano, because of people like you. Keep taking pride in your good work.

    Ciao
    Gian Luca Tagliano

    • November 8, 2011 2:24 am

      Thanks Gian Luca. My bikes are expensive because they take quite a long time to build and trial so I know they are perfect at hand-over. The materials are the best quality because my experiment with building cheaper model bikes a few years ago blew up in my face and cost me dearly. I will never go down that path again – it’s like cheap dentistry which is very expensive very quickly! “If it’s good it ain’t cheap and if it’s cheap it ain’t good” is Giacomo’s motto now.

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