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Just got an AJS, Questions:

Just got an AJS, Questions:

Postby jaydee75 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:54 am

59 Model 31, brought the bike home and noticed I don't have a key. Don't see a place for one. PO is deceased, so I can't ask him.
Two knobs on the headlight one looks like ign. How did AJS plan the owner to secure the bike when parked if that's all there is?
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Re: Just got an AJS, Questions:

Postby Triton Thrasher » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:12 pm

There may have been an optional extra (expense) steering lock.
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Re: Just got an AJS, Questions:

Postby frankdamp » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:43 pm

Back in the '50's. people were a lot more honest. Motorcycles were not a very popular vehicle type either, particularly 4-stroke singles, as I assume your new acquisition to be. My 1961 Ariel Leader didn't have an ignition switch either, as best I remember. My '53 BSA A7 certainly didn't.
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Re: Just got an AJS, Questions:

Postby grandpaul » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:20 pm

Don't some of those old main/light switches have a slot in the center for a little key?
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Re: Just got an AJS, Questions:

Postby triumph2 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:41 pm

I checked my factory shop manual (purchased in 1964) and there is mention of ignition and light switches, which are interchangeable though marked differently, but no key.
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Re: Just got an AJS, Questions:

Postby jaydee75 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:30 pm

Thanks everyone. Evidently it doesn't need a key.
Here's a pic of the headlight:
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And here the bike:Image


What is this badge?
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Re: Just got an AJS, Questions:

Postby Triton Thrasher » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:44 pm

"Badge" is a tax disc. It showed the owner had paid the tax up to the date on the disc.

As you can see, it's classed as "Historic," at nil £ tax rate, but you still had to get and display the disc, because you had to show your MoT (roadworthiness test) and insurance certificates to get the disc, so it sort of demonstrated that you had been legal that particular day.

It's obsolete now. Cops and automatic cameras can read your number plate and find out whether you're insured and al, that.
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Re: Just got an AJS, Questions:

Postby frankdamp » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:50 pm

So it was in use in England until May 1999, to judge by the tax disc, and it's a 650 twin, which is fairly unusual. Any idea when it was imported to the US? I imported self, wife and two children in 1968!
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Re: Just got an AJS, Questions:

Postby L.A.B. » Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:26 pm

jaydee75 wrote:What is this badge?


If you unscrew the bezel then I think you may find a wad of older tax discs behind that one.
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Re: Just got an AJS, Questions:

Postby BillT » Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:46 pm

The AJS 31 and its sister, the Matchless G12, were produced from 1958 until 1966. I don't think many came to the US after 1962 when the G15 and 33 came out - which where essentially the same bike with the engine enlarged to 750cc.

Only a little over 300 of the 750s were produced with the AMC engine - it was a disaster. The company ended up installing Norton Atlas engines in that chassis from late 1963 until 1968 (with a few rare exceptions), and built about 5000 of these 'hybrids', sold as AJS 33 and 33CSR, Matchless G15mkII, G15CSR and G15CS, and Norton N15CS and Atlas 750SS(Matchless CSR with Norton badging).

That same chassis was used in the Matchless G80 and AJS 18 bikes built at this time, too.
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