A match made in Plumstead

The AJS Model 16 was certainly worthy of a long service medal.

It was a trusted steed that left the AMC works in 1945 and would continue in various incarnations for two decades; postwar Britain needed affordable, reliable and rugged transport that would perform on very low octane fuel of the time, and a low compression, air-cooled simple single filled the bill.

Looks pretty purposeful, no? Classic racing was once packed with bikes very like this one
Looks pretty purposeful, no? Classic racing was once packed with bikes very like this one

And, sensibly, AJS – or rather their manufacturers, Associated Motorcycles Ltd – built a 500 single, the Model 18, alongside the 16, the biggest difference between the two being the size of the piston and the barrel it ran in.

Oh … and the carb, and head, maybe gearing. Details, details…

Read more in August’s edition of CBG

WORDS AND PHOTOS by Grant Ford

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