A Quick History of AJS Motorcycles

A.J. Stevenson & Co. Ltd., manufactured autos and motorcycles, less than the name AJS, involving 1909 and 1931. Keeping 117 motorbike globe information inside of the span of a number of a long time, AJS ended up unquestionably a person of the foremost sporting marques. Afterwards in its life, the enterprise was purchased by the Matchless, then Connected Motorcycles and then the Norton-Villiers team. And AJS is now 1 of the few surviving names from this time.

In 1897, Joe Stevens built his very own interior combustion motor, even though his engines entered creation only soon after 1900. He manufactured a motorcycle with dependent on JAP V-twin engines in 1905, at Stevens Screw Business founded by his father, exactly where all the spouse and children associates ended up employed.

In 1909, A J Stevens & Co was started to manufacture bikes. In 1911, the earliest product was introduced, a dual-pace 292 cc aspect valve, and AJS entered in the Isle of Person TT races, whereby A J Stevens rated fifteenth in the Junior TT.

The firm, Albert John Stevens was basically a relatives firm by 1926, with Harry Stevens as its Engineer, Joe Stevens junior as its Output Engineer, Albert John Stevens having demand of coming up with, and George Stevens as the Main Salesman.

AJS had generally been very closely associated with the Isle of Gentleman TT. By 1914, the business had created a 350cc motorcycle, with chain final generate and a four-velocity gearbox. It took element in the Isle of Person TT race of 1914, and gained the initially, second, third as effectively as fourth locations in the Junior TT. In 1920, chain major generate and inner growing brakes ended up introduced. After again AJS won the Junior in the many years 1920 (ridden by Cyril Williams), 1921 (AJS bagged the 1st four places of Isle of Guy TT, with Howard R Davies winning the Senior on 350cc AJS) and 1922 (the Junior was gained by Manxman Tom Sheard, and G Grinton arrived 2nd). In 1929, Wal Handley bought the next put in Junior TT, although Jimmy Guthrie received Light-weight TT in 1930, on an AJS.

In 1916, non-military services motorbike generation was prohibited by Ministry of Munitions. Russia gave an get for army automobiles to the Ministry in 1917, and a part of it was presented as deal to AJS, retaining it fast paced until the limits of the Ministry ended up lifted in early 1919.

AJS released two chain-driven racing products with overhead camshaft specifically, the 498cc K10 and the 349cc K7, in 1928. All over again in 1929 the 498cc M10 and 349cc M7 ended up launched. A 496cc transverse V-twin with shaft main travel was released in 1931.

Even so in late 1931, the corporation was in money problems, as it had taken loans to make its company in producing autos, buses and coaches. Its motorcycle property had been acquired by Matchless, operate by the Collier brothers, London. In 1938, AJS was taken above by Associated Bikes, sharing designs underneath distinct badges. The racing heritage of AJS was employed by Colliers on impressive racing machinery, thus preserving the AJS title alive.

At some point, in 1966, Related Bikes, alongside with the AJS identify were taken around by Norton-Villiers. The AJS identify was applied on an off-highway machine, the AJS Stormer, centered on a two-stroke motor. Right now, AJS has a variety of four-stroke bikes of 125cc in each off-street and in-highway variations, as nicely as cruisers with 250cc, 125cc and 50cc parallel twin engines.