AJS 1930 model “ R8” 498 cc overhead valve combination frame # S 145972 engine # R 8 144666
1928 is the last year that AJS motorcycles use flat tanks, in 1929 saddle tanks are introduced and consequently motorcycles suddenly get “modern” looks.
The 1930 range sports no less than four new models with inclined engines; another noticeable point for 1930 is that the old familiar black-and -gold finish is back: it replaces the magenta of the 1929 model year.
The models with inclined engines have benefited from racing experiences: the whole crankshaft and flywheel assembly has been stiffened and two sets of ball bearings are now situated on the driving side crank axle.
There are also a number of improvements to the big-end. The OHV “R8” is a sturdy design with bore x stroke of 84x 90 mm.
The rear wheel is quickly detachable and the front chain is oiled by an adjustable needle valve.
This quality machine is fitted with an elegant launch type sidecar.
This combination has been excellently restored and runs fine.