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 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.

NOTE: 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.
  
For more information on Fosscati models go to the pages on FOSSCATI 4 STROKES and FOSSCATI 2 STROKES.

The quality is essential but the style gives it distinction.

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

http://vimeo.com/9855824

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOSSCATI ADVERTISEMENT FROM  inbyrontoday.com

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:      fosscati@gmail.com

Phone in Australia: 0266 805740  or, if calling from outside Australia,  (612) 66805740

Mobile: 0431 417 588 or, if calling from outside australia, +61431417588

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Mick Burton permalink
    March 12, 2011 12:17 pm

    I really like what you are trying to do Giacomo. The detail on that old Triumph is really amazing compared to the low quality fixings we have had to become used to. I feel sorry for the workers in those factories in China who probably work like slaves to produce things that they can probably take no pride in. C’est la vie.

  2. Albert Richards permalink
    March 12, 2011 12:56 pm

    My grandfather had a Triumph H model. It was a great bike and I think there are still plenty of them around the place – certainly in UK. It had a problem in the wet with the belt slipping and it had practically no braking ability in the wet but the greatest problem of all was the springer forks which could break a spring or break the spring bolt and that led to the front end folding completely under the bike. You can imaging how bad that could be!
    Apart from that it was a great bike.
    I notice your Billinudgel Bullet uses practically the exact same fork configuration.

    • March 12, 2011 1:27 pm

      That’s interesting Albert. I’ve read about the folding fork problems associated with those horizontal spring forks. I read that the soldiers who rode it used to strap a leather belt around the forks so that they stayed upright in the event of a spring or bolt failure. The Billinudgel Bullet uses a Schwinn Deluxe Seven bike (Schwinn discontinued making it last year after over seven decades of its existence) and the Schwinn D7 forks come with a bolt that has nothing to prevent it from coming undone during use. In fact I can tell you that as it is sold in the shop it is a total deathtrap because the bolt does come unscrewed quite quickly and the forks have folded under the bike with catastrophic results but never on a Fosscati. Ask any bike shop that sells them and they’ll tell you.
      I knew about this problem because it was startlingly obvious to anyone. I made sure to drill a hole through the bolt end and insert a split pin and in front of the split pin I installed a nylock nut to make extra sure it couldn’t undo itself. I’m not sure how much I trust the chinese-made bolt though because you probably know that chinese steel is not much use. I would replace that bolt if I could find an Australian made one of the right size but I can’t. I’m nearly sure that in the old days Schwinn would have had a similar safety system installed but Schwinn has changed ownership a few times and each time the new owners seem to know less and less about bicycles. That is actually the problem with several major bike brand names. I have very serious quality and safety problems with almost all of the suppliers I have to rely on and really the whole ethos of Fosscati is about rectifying and avoiding the dross that is dished up by people supplying badly made goods. Wherever possible I avoid Chinese products but it is getting harder and harder every year to find alternatives of half-decent quality.
      I modelled the aesthetics of the Billinudget Bullet on those vintage bikes and I can improve on some of the comparisons but I can’t improve on the quality of that awesome British craftsmanship.

  3. Jamie Tate permalink
    April 17, 2011 6:12 pm

    I see this page is getting more hits Giacomo. Probably because you are the only person willing to look after motored bicycle customers. I’m really impressed at the lengths you go to to look after your beautiful bikes. Good on you mate – it’s refreshing to see!
    Jamie

    • April 18, 2011 12:12 am

      Thanks for the compliments Jamie. I keep a service manual on most bikes with records of mileage and services etc so I know the full history of most of them. It’s important to give follow-up services just to keep them running in tip-top condition and catch any problems early. Oil changes on the 4-strokes are very important and checking all bolts and fastenings etc.
      We service any bike – not just Fosscati ones. I wish people kept their bikes clean because I dislike working on a dirty bike and having to clean it first is time consuming.

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