Motorcycle Classics

1951 Fabrique Nationale de Herstal Military M13

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1951 Fabrique Nationale de Herstal Military M13

Country: Belgium
Engine: Air-cooled single cylinder 4-stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power rating: 12bhp @ 3,500rpm
Bore x stroke: 84.5mm x 80mm
Displacement: 450cc
Valves: Side
Fuel system: Single Amal carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed
Suspension: Front trailing link forks, rear pivoted frame, with rubber band springs
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 308lbs
Top speed: 63mph

The M13 was built in small numbers for the Belgium army, with a production run of only 1,030 machines. A simple, rugged machine for general escort duties, this example is to military police specification. The rubber band suspension is unusual, a simple and maintenance-free design.

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  • Published on Feb 17, 2016
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