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AJS Model 20 500

AJS Model 20 / Matchless G9

Almost all the British motorcycle marques heavyweight parallel twins in the period. There’s always said about the 650s, but the 500 tend to be overlooked.

Think or indeed Matchless twins, and folk instantly conjure of coffee shop racers and the 650 fast and famously fragile if AJS in fact built a longer of pushrod 500cc twins, the 20 and Matchless G9, and they offer good value to today’s rider.

Matchless G9 on sale for Ј4250

There are no rigid and AJS never went down the blind alley that is the frame, which maybe your choice a little Early twins bounced rear wheels beneath a of AMC’s own ‘candlestick’ rear changed those to their own jampots in 1951, and finally the Girling route in 1957. The the year, the better they generally speaking, although also accumulate more as the years roll by.

The 498cc OHV engine’s design was right from the start; barrels and heads, the famous main bearing, no external oil alloy heads right the start and capable of being rather good, making the of 26bhp or thereabouts. Gearboxes by Burman until 1957 the famously fine AMC four-speed appeared (and stayed in until the last Norton in 1978 or so).

Matchless G9 on privately for Ј4750

Notably comfortable, long-range let down by styling which was and which failed to fit decent until 1964, by which the Model 20 was out of production. 60mph should be fine; 90mph be available to the mechanically insensitive. slower than its 600 and 650 siblings, the 500 was considered by many riders to be the machine if a little less

Said Cyril Ayton; it had a true top speed of no more 84mph, a late 1940s / 1950s G9 was a prodigious before-the-wind or revver. In the right conditions for example, during a long of a Highland pass — it reach 100mph. Following of those highland flings at 100mph, the G9 had the good sense to a gasket and was returned to London Inverness by train…’

1957 Model 20 AJS at Yeomans

AJS on eBay

When seeking a 20 or G9 to buy you will find squadrons of 600 and 650 and 350 and 500 singles, but rather fewer 500 to choose between. So sellers to be firm on price and while a Model 20 isn’t worth as as a Model 31 (ditto a G9 and a G12) it fetch upward of Ј3000, smart ones selling for a more. G9s are more common Model 20s, so red bikes to cost a little less blue ones.

AJS Model 20 500

Yeomans Motorcycles unearthed a Model 20 in autumn 2012 had been stored for three and needs minimal attention to to roadgoing condition: yours for Or you could buy a recently restored to condition (but not taxed or 1954 G9 from a private who was asking Ј4750 for it. That have been asking a touch too much…

Bitsa on at Bonhams

Meanwhile, a rather ready to ride, taxed and 1952 G9 was offered on eBay in 2012: the seller was hoping for for it after a full nut-and-bolt but the bidding stalled at Ј2350. Or if you finishing off the job yourself, an almost-finished recently painted in a quite shade of red, sold at auction earlier in the year for

A right bitsa which the frame from a 1960 350 the crankcases from a 1961 AJS 31CSR, G9 internals and a 1950s gearbox, bizarrely painted a shade of blue, fetched in autumn 2012, again at a auction. (Bikes like one really should come a barge pole included in the but might suit someone with spanners who enjoys we euphemistically call ‘a

Nicer Project on sale at

A much nicer project was in February 2012 at Bonhams’ Mallet sale. This old beast fetched Ј1955 and changed hands in 1978. hope whoever restores it not to destroy all that originality although we will concede perhaps the saddle needs and the tyres might benefit a breath of fresh air…

Words Frank Westworth and Hoseason

AJS Model 20 500
AJS Model 20 500
AJS Model 20 500
AJS Model 20 500

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