1953 AJS Model 16 MS — Classic Motorcycle Test — RealClassic.co.uk

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1953 AJS Model 16 MS

Mr Ed built his 350 AJS a box of bits, ran it in, and then wondered it would cope with a ride across the Yorkshire

I recently took my AJS along on the end of the BSA International Rally to the Yorkshire She is a 1953/54 350cc 16MS which I got in big bits about two ago. I put all the big bits together and she second kick, but everything was — well and truly. The needed a new big end, rebore, carb, clutch, primary more, more more…you get the

We’ve all done that, we?

I spent the kids’ food and took her apart. Put her all together and started her up: perfect. I absolutely the AJS for the next eight months and miles.

Nothing broke, fell off or bang. Plus she always first kick. I was in love the little thing! I had a quest to a top speed of 70 and (eventually) reached

1953 AJS Model 16 MS

My dilemma was to take the 350 on this northern or take my Thunderbolt 650 that I been everywhere on and which I completely. I was concerned whether the 350 achieve reasonable speeds on the long climbs on the Yorkshire and moors that we were to visit along the way. I am 16 so along with the tent, paraphernalia, cooking stuff and I was looking at a good 20 stone weight on the bike.

After much fretting and making I decided to take the A good service was the sensible to do beforehand so I got the tools out went the bike and all I could find to do the rear-view mirror needed

Come the morning I loaded up the with all the stuff. Here is a tip for all who are camping on a motorbike: get one of those bags, they are great of kit. Just bung in all the It’s waterproof and it’s to secure one bag than four all bungeed together.

Trust me on

All loaded, I set off to meet the lads. yards later: catastrophe. The wouldn’t go through my garden Unpack, trundle the bike re-pack and off I went. It felt a bit so when I fuelled up I also the tyres.

The rear had about 15lbs, so put in and – transformation — as a very solid rock.

I met up Graham and Kevin and we headed to the Dales at 50-55mph all the way. The old pulled like a train and miss a beat all the way there. If she wanted to go a little faster!

the next week we spent a lot of following Shaun’s BSA M33 outfit at and the AJS managed 100mpg as a result. All in all I am impressed with the little 16, especially when you consider this is the cooking version a range of cookers. These AMC are amongst the cheapest classics out and, as I have always the Model 16 is one of the best designed ever built.

Apart from the chaincase is. I’ve cured that a complete tube of silicon

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As the bike had no dynamo or mag I opted from the for modern replacements including an alternator, 12V negative earth and a top of the halogen bulb. You have to see the from this headlight to it! The Ajay runs on a BTH electronic with re-wired, crimped and joints and with extra to everything.

It also has a louder and concentric carb, and every wearable was worn and so was replaced new — except the paint is a mixture of oil and rust. The gearbox was stiff and clunky but I let it soak in for a week, then filled it oil and it gradually eased up and is now very

1953 AJS Model 16 MS

So there you total expenditure including of the bike (which was Ј700) to about Ј2500. My reason for the old girl in the first place was the as a lot of us classic riders; my first was identical, model and year.

I can’t tell you how much fun it is to a so-called ‘underpowered’ bike this on a long, demanding I have read of people more incredible journeys on older and less powerful than my old girl, and now I can see why. The of achievement, satisfaction or whatever you it is immense.

I shall be looking for more in future with my AJS!

AJS Model 16 350 MS


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