Fosscati Motorised Bicycles – History & Background:
Giacomo Fosscati has had a passion for motorbikes for as long as he can remember – he does, after all, stem from a very long line of motor bicycle afficionados – but he has only been building motored bicycles since early 2005. In the beginning he built only 2-stroke bikes using bicycle motors and bicycle engine kits that were manufactured in China. These bicycle engines were not reliable enough for Giacomo and he began improving his bike builds by replacing many of the parts with better quality materials.
Giacomo's Great Uncle & Godfather Arthur Blair-White and his siter Eileen with motorbikes outside their home, Ashton Park, Monkstown, Co Dublin circa 1913- 1914. The bike in the foreground is a 269cc Sun Villiers two stroke & in the background is a 3 1/2 h.p 1913 Rudge 499cc "TT Roadster". For more information re these bikes just email Giacomo.
In time this quest for a better product led to the use of reliable 4-strokeand 2 stroke bicycle engines with a lower environmental footprint. Giacomo is a landscape architect by professional training and is passionate about the environment and about cycling. Having ridden over 45,000 kilometres on his motorised bikes, Giacomo has found that anything that can happen to his motorized bicycles has happened (almost always to his own bikes) and, from that wealth of experience, he has endeavoured to design common problems out of the Fosscati building equation. This means Fosscati owners are spared the agony of the problems that can afflict a motorised bicycle. A Fosscati is pretty bulletproof because of Giacomo’s early experiences. Motorized bicycles are Giacomo’s chosen means of transport and he is adamant that a bike that breaks down is a bike that is of very little practical use to anyone who relies on a Fosscati MB for transport. Every Fosscati owner is interviewed at the outset to determine their own particular needs and Giacomo designs his bikes for people using the same criteria he used as a landscape architect for 36 years when designing landscapes. Functionality is of paramount importance but aesthetics are always an essential design component. ‘My motored bikes must look beautiful and be totally reliable’ says Giacomo.
Giacomo's Uncle Ricardo on a 1926 Triumph Model P 494cc single cylinder in Secunderabad, India during WW2. A landmark machine in the development of the motorcycle in Britain, Triumph's Model P debuted at the 1924 Motor Cycle Show. A no-frills, sidevalve-engined model, the newcomer was priced at £42 17s 6d, at which level it undercut every other 500cc machine then on sale in the UK. The Model P was a quality machine at a rock bottom price and it was a runaway success. Output from Triumph's Priory Street works was soon running at an astonishing 1,000 machines per week, and the Model P's arrival undoubtedly hastened the demise of many a minor manufacturer. Production continued until the decade's end, by which time the Model P had spawned a number of derivatives, models N, Q and QA.
Because of his experience in design and construction and his adherence to the Bauhaus tradition that “form is function”, Giacomo’s motorised bikes represent great value for the price. They have a value that often increases with age because these are timeless machines. But always remember this says Giacomo “Good bikes aren’t cheap, & cheap bikes aren’t good!” Giacomo passionately believes that his bikes are adding the name FOSSCATI to a glorious line of illustrious predecessors of yesteryear including Villiers, James, Francis Barnett, BSA, Triumph, Excelsior, Bown, Norman, Rudge, Cyclaid, Cyc-Auto, Raleigh, Ducati, Le Poulain, Derney, Malvern Star, Lohmann, NSU, Sachs, Velocette, New Hudson, Mobylette, McKenzie-Hobart and a few others but a Fosscati FG4, thanks to the technology and the brilliant power to weight ratio of their newer engines, out perform most of their predecessors. (See pictures below)
TRIUMPH MODEL H (1914) ENGINE: 550cc side-valve four stroke single, POWER: 10bhp, WEIGHT: 101kg (223lb), FINAL DRIVE: Belt from 3 speed gearbox to rear pulley wheel, BRAKES: Front - stirrup type on rim, Rear - shoe that wedges into belt pulley wheel rim, CRUISING SPEED: 30mph. SUSPENSION: Front: Horizontal springer fork, Rear: sprung saddle, LIGHTS: Acetylene front.
- FOSSCATI FG4 BILLINUDGEL BULLET (2010) ENGINE: 49cc Honda GXH single overhead valve Horizontal Shaft Four Stroke single, POWER: 2.1 bhp, WEIGHT: 44kg (97lb), FINAL DRIVE: chain to rear wheel from reduction single speed gearbox with centrifugal clutch, BRAKES: Front: ProMax side pull alloy V Brakes with Jagwire 60mm shoes onto wheel rim, Rear: Shimano hub drum brake inside 7 speed geared hub, CRUISING SPEED: 34mph, SUSPENSION: FRONT – Phantom horizontal springer fork, REAR – triple sprung Brooks Leather Saddle on sprung saddle post. Tyres: 26″ X 2.125″ Schwinn Typhoon Cord whitewall tyres with thornproof tubes & anti-puncture slime. LIGHTS: Front – Australian “Ay-Up” Ultra High Powered LED Twin lights that can fry a snake at 1000 paces (dual narrow & broad beams) with 6 hrs burn time on full power, REAR: Twin LED flashing red lights with rechargeable NiMh AAA batteries 100 hrs burn time.
If you click on the picture of the Triumph Model H it will open in a larger format and you can enjoy the sheer quality of detailing on it. They certainly built things well 97 years ago given that over half of the Model H bikes (30,000) were supplied to the Allied Forces in WW1. This was the bike known as the ‘Trusty Triumph” by the khaki-clad riders in the Army. I wish we could build things as well these days.
The quality is essential but the style gives it distinction.
CONTACT FOSSCATI by e-mail: email@example.com
A Photo Slideshow can be seen at: http://s363.photobucket.com/albums/oo77/Fosscati/?albumview=slideshow
MOVIE: You can see Giacomo Fosscati leisurely riding two different Fosscati 4 strokes – 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:
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This means that not only are Fosscati Motorized Bicycles hand built to great precision but a tremendous amount of care and skill goes into ensuring that every bike is as bullet-proof and as safe as it is possible to make it. See the page on
“What Makes A Fosscati Different“
CONTACT FOSSCATI by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone in Australia: 0266 805740 or, if calling from outside Australia, (612) 66805740
Mobile: 0431 417 588 or, if calling from outside australia, +61431417588