we are after WW2 and a brand new bike is put on the market the M XIII..
The birth of a strange bike M XIII (type 13) a 350/450 SV
with a funny front fork, and rubber rear spring, also in 250-350
The funny front fork with springs was changed in
to an even rare fork this time with 2 pair of rubber spring
front and rear suspension and in 1950 FN delivers and power full
450cc OHV called the "Grand Culas" for his big cylinder head.
The 450 SV was also special for the ARMY build an M XIII you
find it in army or civilian version.
The M XIII receive suddenly a regular front fork this time a
hydraulic version who give the bike a good riding condition the
fork was from Lion Rapid in Belgium who makes them specially for
The M 22 175cc 2 stroke with Küchen engine
A other version of the M 22 with a 250 JLO 2stroek engine
also there was a "S" 125/200 of cooperation with Sarolea Called
Last big change for the M XIII with full
hydraulic suspension front and rear. First mopped FN 50cc was
build with Royal Nord.
This range of mopeds 4 different 1° a utilitaire 2° Fabrina
3°Princess 4°Rocket all 2 speeds where build only in 1959.
For the army the have something special could dropped by
parachute it is the AS 24 2 stroke 250cc.
In '60 after 1 year the old range FN brought out
the same range but new looks and now some in 2 and 3gears and
even a special Rocket called the >Competition< all those mopped
where there up to '63 and then sold out to the end of the FN
motorcycle times in '65.
1962 restyled Rocket and Rocket Competition.
Last try from Fn to give the moped something
Specials was to build a scooterette and motorette both 75cc.
but those where the last build motorcycles from FN, here ends
a period of powerfully bikes and FN goes further to build guns
and ammunition, and more all to read in the book Ars Mechanica
A special Thank You goes to
Mr. Guy Debecker, author of the book "Quand la FN avait Deux Roues".
His book was used as a guideline for the history of the great Belgian
motorcycle manufacturer, FN.