Historical Notes on James Motorcycles:
James motorcycles first appeared in 1900 and were produced until 1904. Manufacture recommenced at the new Greet factory in 1907, and by 1911 they were building an enclosed chain-drive model.
A history of James Motorcycles:
James Cycle Co History
Thu Aug 20 2015
mychristofides at gmail.com
Hi, i found this bike with frame number 5PR-819 and engine number 049B 39799E. Can you please advise the make-model and year of manufacture.
Thanks , Chris
Nicosia - Cyprus
James-1960c-Captain-Cyprus-1.jpg will be posted-1508
It has a D-shaped Smiths speedometer. Ed.
Fri Apr 24 2015
fsdean at bigpond.com.au
what engine is this
Ihave just purchased a James? with engine number 946 ******
can you tell me what size it is & what model 9e etc?
Wed Mar 04 2015
jacelamb at hotmail.com
I have a 1943 James For Sales was running now sat for 3 years
Thu Nov 06 2014
trevor at jcit.co.uk
james 1957 captain
seeking wiring loom for a 1957 james captain
Mon Jun 09 2014
matchstick51 at gmail.com
James ? unknown
Can anyone shed any light on the make, model number, and year of the machine shown in the attached photos. I'm also keen to identify the 2-stroke engine which has unfortunately been lost since the photos were taken. The papers I have for the machine suggest it is a 1936 James, but they are not original and may not necessarily be accurate.
Auckland, New Zealand
James-1936c-NZ-1.jpg will be posted-1406
Sat Nov 30 2013
Hi there, I have what i believe to be a 1946/47 autocycle which I am in the process of restoring. What i would like to know is the colour or the frame is light blue and the gaurds etc are red. Is this correct. Have been told it was a colour for after the war as a one off. Thanks
Phil New Zealand
Tue Nov 19 2013
back wheel adjuster
1953 James Captain Deluxe
looking for a 1/4 inch BSF thread back brake wing nut adjuster?
Mon Oct 28 2013
centre stand return spring
James K7 1954
I require a return spring for the centre stand. I do not know what it looks like but think it could work as a over centre type.
Sun Sep 29 2013
looking for brake shoes sent mine to villiers services to be redone they lost my shoes?
Wed Jul 31 2013
I am trying to identify the year of manufacture of my james comet the frame number starts with 797 and the engine number starts with F104 can anyone help
Thu Jul 25 2013
james 175 cc
manuel for James 1959 Model cavalier 175 cc owner's manuel
Mon Jul 01 2013
front wheel securing bolts
james 1957 captain
seeking the two securing bolts for front wheel of a 1957 james captain
Wed Jun 05 2013
famous james cadet
Can you help me to identify this moto and engine? I think it's the cadet model... with a 125cc, don't know the year
the serial number is 948100851
(i speak french but you can send me a english answer)
As I tell you, I think it's a James, Capitain 197cc, 1949
There's anoher S/N... D03733.
I think the "D" is related to 1949.
Sun May 12 2013
1949 JAMES COMET
JAMES COMET 98 CC
hi,i have a 1949 james comet,that needs some parts and the engine turn over but needs a piston and rings,i was wondering the value of the bike as it sits.thanks john
Thu Apr 25 2013
hi can anyone tell me a can gt a gear lever assembly for a james 1946-47
Sat Mar 16 2013
wheel axe parts
James 1953 Captain Deluxe
Need part#000307 & 000306 Bearing Cones, Part # 900172 Spindle Nut,& Part # 900173 Backplate Locknut
Sat Mar 09 2013
James 750 v twin
I sent you a picture of my V Twin James in 2010. This is a picture of it now after restoration
Thu Feb 14 2013
James Captain Deluxe
Looking For Front Mudguard Embellisher Fitted To Deluxe Model Comets, Cadets and Captains.
Washington State, USA
Tue Feb 26 2013
year and use if military
Wed Feb 06 2013
Front Fender decorative Tip
James 1953 James Captain Deluxe
Looking to buy or help with information about where one might receive information?
Sat Nov 17 2012
James ID Info
I just purchased a James frame with wheels, no motor, only numbers on bike are L644, can anyone tell me the model and year and engine size of this bike? any info would be great Jim
Sun Aug 05 2012
1956 james 250cc
can some one let me have a copy of the electric system for this motrecycle,or were i can down load one regards ralph
Thu Oct 18 2012
1946 James motorcycle 125cc ML
James 1946 125cc ML
Good Day im in need of a manual to assemble the engin. Help will be very welcome.
East London South Africa
Tue Sep 04 2012
Cadet J15 Cadet
James J15 Cadet
I have a once restored James J15 Cadet motorcycle for sale as parts, do you have any Canadian contacts I can use?
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
thanks for offering to help me with my bike. I have determined it is a 1947 James 125cc lightwieght. I am in need of a 125cc villiers motor for it. If you have any connections for a engine I would be very greatful. Let me know, Thanks again, Johnny
Fri Aug 10 2012
I just got this bike and was hoping that you can help me determine the year,make,model of it. There is not much left of it, but I am going to bring it back to life.
Tue Jun 05 2012
What model have I bought
James ML 125?
I bought this, was told it was a 1950's model, but going by some pics I have seen, I think it may be a 1946-1947 ML125 If so, does anyone know the frame and serial numbers? Thankyou
Thu Apr 19 2012
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU TECHNICAL DATAS ARCHIVES OF THIS MOTORCYCLE BRAND. UNFORTUNATELY IN ITALY WE HAVE ANY. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO MAKE DOCUMENTS OF A JAMES 175 THAT WE HAVE BOUGHT. IF YOU CAN HELP US, OBVIOUSLY PAYING, IT WILL BE GREAT. BEST REGARDS Mrs Catena Mariole
Mon Dec 12 2011
Factory original colour
James 1952 98cc Comet standard
I need to know what type of paintwork was used on the 1952 98cc James Comets and the actual colour name.
I have just bought said model and care to restore it to factory original condition.
Wed Nov 02 2011
James not sure
I beleive I found the frame number on my James can you tell me what model,year etc. it is? The number MDO7421RS
Mon Nov 14 2011
i am wanting to restore my 1937 james were are parts avalabile ,what color were they and any marks or badges were on them,were they painted or powder coated ??genaral qustions like that
Sun Sep 04 2011
villiers mark vic ,,147cc,, patt 789 ..w44991
i have just aquired a ( james ) with this motor in it ...i cannot identify either the bike or the motor
hamilton , victoria, australia,3300
Fri Aug 19 2011
WHAT AM I ?
Foreign registered as a 1949 James Villers, 60cc. Need flywheel cove, air filter, crossover fittings for fule tank and a parts diagram.
az, phoenix, usa
Tue Jul 19 2011
James not sure
Has James ever produced a motorcycle with a horizontally opposed twin cylinder engine placed forward and back, large brass flywheel, push bike pedals and chain drive. Drive to rear wheel from engine is via a leather segment belt. Petrol tank under main frame tube. Thanks.
Sat May 14 2011
heres my finished james.just waiting for new handle bars
Wed Feb 16 2011
Battery Box & Tool Box
James Captain 200 (1958)
I have both the battery box & Tool box from my old bike if any needs them. I think it was 1958 model..
Tue Jan 04 2011
James motorcycle club
Me and a friend are trying to setup a club for the james motorcycle, it is still under construction so please visit and sign up, show your support.
Sun Dec 26 2010
that is my james with the grey primer and seat missing.will send pictures when it is done
chatham ontario canada
Wed Nov 17 2010
James V Twin
James V Twin 750cc
I have attached a picture of my V Twin of 1924 era it is a rare 750cc and will be restored once parts are found. You can use the picture on your page if you wish. Robert
Wed Nov 17 2010
where can i buy tank badges for James Cadet 150cc 1960 model
Try this page: Badges & Decals
Sun Oct 10 2010
James BL15 of 1959
Hi - I have one of these complete in fair to good condition , anyone any idea of value - just a ballpark figure. Thanks
Sun Sep 19 2010
james 125 cc
has anyone got a james motorcycle with the registration number -G.A.D.375
Thu Aug 26 2010
wanted centre stand with spring and bolts
im looking for a centre stand with spring a bolts for my james comet
Tue May 25 2010
Famous James Motorcycle Collector
1952 The James
I am looking for a collector that used to live in the abilene, tex area and now lives close to Denton Texaws
Fri May 07 2010
Front Mudguard Required
James Captain 197cc 1960
Hi, I am looking for a Front Mudguard for a Captain 197cc 1960 I am restoring. Can anyone help please? Also, can anybody advise of current paint code or otherwise for the original (electric?) blue they were painted in please? thanks, Rob
Nr Cambridge, UK
Sun Apr 04 2010
I am writing from Canada and need some help finding parts for the following bike I am restoring
Engine 1949 James Series 1F Deluxe
Villiers 98cc engine and 2 speed gear?
Could you help me find any of the following parts?
Foot Pegs, hand grips (with james logo) gasket kit, head light trim, front bulb, head light frame, tail light lens, set of engine rings if possible.
Any leads would be greatly appreciated. I am told I need to get most of these parts overseas.
Mon Apr 26 2010
I'm looking for a petrol tank in very good repair for a James Captain moto (year 1955-1956)
Tue Apr 20 2010
frame number ?
James 1958 K7
I have a 1958 james k7 eng. no. 652B 7670
Someone has taken the frame number off were can I find this number.
regards Chris Penketh
Ramsey Isle of Man
Mon Apr 05 2010
Stickers, speedometer and ammeter for James Captain 1951
JAMES 6E Captain 1951
Hello, I'm looking for all the transfers for a James Captain 6E 1951 and also a speedometer "Smith" (in Km/h)and an ammeter. If someone can help me, thank you.
Mon Mar 29 2010
lrstev7<at> aoldot com
james captain 1957 197cc k7 10e
can any 1 help with some parts? a stater plate coils points ;and outer caseing.thatcovers all of this
Thu Jan 28 2010
nolvid At xtra.co.nz
I 17 James
Hi I am trying to find information on a villiers engine, number AAA 18858A ,it is in what I beleive is a James I17it is a twin port unit construction hand gear change motor with the carburater o the right
See also the page on serial numbers. Ed.
Thu Jan 21 2010
camjamieson At hotmaildot com
James ML Parts
I am seeking a War Department fuel cap and hand throttle to suit a 1944 James ML motorcycle I am restoring *see photo below of equivalent Royal Enfield parts). Any help/leads appreciated. Cam
Thu Jan 21 2010
nolvid At xtra.co.nz
photos of james
HI Im from New Zealand and I have a James of about 1935. I beleive that it is an I 17 because the frame rails go over the top of the tank, I am looking for photos , the only one I can find is of the left side and I need a photo of the right thanks Dave Hawkins
Wed Jan 06 2010
tenn-fan47 At yahoodot com
james 1915 4 1/2
I have a gas tank from a restored 1915 and am looking for the logo or artwork and colors that were on the tank
Try this page: http://bikelinks.com/directory/Parts/Badges-Decals
Wed Dec 23 2009
mawle At videotron.ca
How old is my James bicycle?
I posted a message in march 2007 looking for info on my James bicycle. My email address has changed and I now have some photos. I'd love to hear from anyone with info about my bike.
Fri Dec 04 2009
I'd just like to alert you to a scammer that is trawling this website. I posted a parts wanted ad for a james motorcycle recently. A person under the guise of Paul Robinson, email firstname.lastname@example.org, responded saying he miraculously had all of the very rare parts at a reasonable price. He expected me to pay without providing any pictures or personal details. He is listed on the web as a known scammer. It would be good if you could post this in case he has targetted anyone else.
Tue Nov 24 2009
pitstopmark At hotmaildot com
parts for James motorcycle
James M16 150cc AMC
I am looking for 2 tank badges, Dual seat, exhaust and silencer, chainguard and a headlight switch
Sun Nov 15 2009
LRSTEV7 At aoldot com
james captain 10e
can any one please assist me in finding a wiring diagram for a 1959 197cc james captain 10e many thanks steve.
Try our page of resources for Books and Manuals
Wed Nov 04 2009
shawnhaslett At elp.rrdot com
did james have an advert with a dinosaur or a caveman being chased on a bike do you have the pic? maybe cheers shawn in the states
Sort of rings a bell, but can't place it. Anyone? Ed.
Tue Nov 03 2009
james.talty At gmaildot com
James 1955 K7 Captain
Greetings from Australia
I'm searching for the following parts for a 1955 K7 James:
- Front mudguard and bracket
- Rear sprocket (48 teeth)
- Foot rest bar (12 inch)
- Centre stand
- Chain guard
- Single saddle seat
- Front and rear brake pads
- Front brake cable
- Tank badge (maroon)
Can anyone assist?
Sun Oct 25 2009
capri3 At kinect.co.nz
James Cadet 150 L15
Want a left hand thread nut to hold flywheel on
Thu Oct 15 2009
kimadele At xtra.co.nz
james cadet j15
3 pairs og tank badges for sale
Thu Oct 01 2009
James Autocycle notes
James Superluxe Autocycle
Some notes from memory- FNJ 608, a James Superlux autocycle (about 1950). When my Father was in the armed forces, he was posted abroad. All our possessions (including my Father's James) were put into storage for about 10 years until he came out of the forces in 1962 and bought a house. I was still under 16, but it was promised to me for my 16th birthday. It was kept at the back of the garage but I could not wait that long, so I attached a piece of garden hose to the exhaust pipe and the other end went out the window, to avoid evidence. Any old oil and some petrol siphoned from the family car would have to do and I enjoyed the risk of firing it up on its stand and making smells from the hot engine. When the great day came, it was ridden to a petrol station and topped up with 2-stroke. The petrol-oil ratio was 16-1, and a half-pint measure was built into the filler cap. One measure of oil per gallon of petrol was easy to do!
I used it for transport to work, 16 miles each way, trundling along quiet country roads at about 20 mph. One day, the chain freewheel seized, throwing my legs off the pedals and nearly putting me in the ditch. The chain was removed after that! On cold winter mornings, I found that once I was out in the country I could put the "lawnmower lever" throttle control on maximum then ride it without hands on the handlebars, which allowed me to warm my hands in my pockets until something came the other way. I always thought the exposed flywheel was a bit dangerous, but it looked good when I cleaned the aluminium cover and brass rim with Brasso. The tools compartment included spares to fix a puncture and to this day, I have a James tyre lever as a souvenir.
Once I had practiced enough, I took my test. At that time, the rule was motorbikes were over 50cc and mopeds were less. As I had 98cc and two throbbing horsepower, I had a motorcycle so passing the test would let me ride a Triumph Bonneville!
Before the day of the test, I went to the test centre to illustrate my strange starting procedure. An examiner came out and I did my thing; look over the shoulder, fuel on, press the decompression lever, walk quickly along the pavement
until it fired, pull in the clutch and release the decompression lever. Engine now running, so check behind, swing my leg over the seat and I am ready to go. This was approved, so I took my test the next day. Part of the test was an
emergency stop, when the examiner would pop out from behind a car, put his arm out and you had to stop ASAP. As I came round a corner, I saw him squat down behind a car so I eased off in anticipation. Realising he would have known and heard
what I had done, I opened the throttle again and it struggled to accelerate up a slight slope. When he appeared, I decided to make it impressive so I used front and back brakes. I passed. After that, 2 horsepower was not enough so it was
sold to a workmate and I bought an early model Triumph Cub with 150cc. When I turned 17, it was time for car driving lessons; but I learnt a lot from that James.
Wed Sep 16 2009
clark-mb11 At hotmaildot com
James Parts Needed
1947 122 cc 10D Villiers James Cadet?
I Need a Gas Cap (Threaded style) for my James. I believe i have a 1947 pre ML or Cadet?? It is hard tail rear telescopic front forks (no front springer) with Villers 10D 122cc engine 3 speed gear box. The frame seems to be factory stamped L821 I also need the headlamp trim for the same bike. I am in Winnipeg Canada PLEASE HELP i really need a threaded filler cap for the James. I have a James "twist on" cap with the oil measurment, but it doesn't fit my tank.
Sat Aug 22 2009
gillian.huish At tiscali.co.uk
Looking for parts
1962 James Commodore
I am looking for the following parts for my 1962 James Commodore 250cc L25
R/H & L/H Head Steady Plates
2 x Spring Hinge Plates
Tank Rubber Knee Grips
Chain Guard Panels
Side Cover Springs
Can anyone help me please? from Dave
Wed Jul 22 2009
matt.james At gmx.co.uk
Any idea who owns the "James" brand now ?
Mon Jul 13 2009
roysturdy At hotmail.co.uk
superswift or captain 197 or 250 twin
would like to purchase one of the above
Sat Jul 04 2009
steef-50 At hotmaildot com
1950 dont ?
we buyed a james motor 1950 who can tell me about it and have a some information guide were i can find the framenr its 98 cc
Wed Jun 03 2009
gaston.isabel At uniboarddot com
Head lamp & sadle complete
Can somebody help me to find parts for that type of motorcycle please.
Im located in Quebec Canada
Thu May 14 2009
benlangworthy At hotmail.co.uk
james cadet 1955 timing
James 1955 j15 cadet
I feel a little stupid asking but can anyone tell me how to sort out the timing on a villiers 30c? iv tried several times (manual in hand) but i just cant get it right! any help would be greatly appreciated to get my lovely j15 cadet on the road!
Mon May 04 2009
Nickersgascoigne At yahoo.co.uk
James Cadet 122cc 1953 10D
Photos attached, still looking for footrests to complete my restoration of my grandads motorcycle, any help or suggestions welcome.
Wed Apr 29 2009
j-page At xtra.co.nz
JAMES 1935? 1939?
Does the frame number and engine number coincide? and if not could you give me dates for both? engine number is villiers aaa1881, and the frame number is h11779, also have number on the cylinder of i think b6835,
Wed Apr 22 2009
philhautefin At mobistar.be
Magneto cover & air filter
James 125cc 2 strokes ML Frame nber ML1689 Engine nber AAA21890A
Hello, I live in Belgium & I'm the owner of a James Ml. 2 parts are missing for a complete restoration. So I'm looking for a magneto cover & an air filter. Please, do you can help me. Thank you. Kinds regards. Philippe Hautefin
Mon Apr 06 2009
safflow At gmaildot com
Excelsior in question
Hi there from the states, I am hoping you might be able to tell me just what year and model of excelsior this is. if it is an excelsior. i have included some pics to help. the villiers engine # is:797626 and the frame # is:853332which is on the decal below the seat. on the fork neck it has: Famous for over fifty years (pictured) any info would be greatly appreciated.thank you-Mark
Athens, GA. USA
Hi, I was just searching through your Famous james list, and have discovered that the excelsior in question is actually a famous james 1949 comet. there are three different pictures of adds or partial restorations from 48- 50 that let me know for sure. have a look and compare. please let me know if you agree. thanx again -Mark
Markrnz At msndot com
Here are some pictures of my James k17 1939 Clockwork mouse. I took them today while it was nice and sunny. I am sure some visitors would enjoy these pictures. Probably bring back memories of the 1940's etc.
You can add them to your site. I sent them in Hi-Resolution.If you want any futher info regarding the bike ask.
During 1939 these bikes were made in anticipation for ww2. The james factory was bombed in 1940 -Blown to bits. During WW2 the K17's were air dropped to soldiers and officers in the field. As they were designed as field bikes. There main usage was to herd up troops on the field. As were coined by the soldiers etc "The clockwork mouse". They were also called "Mechanical sheep" lol.
There are a few 1948's around but they arent as collectable as the 1939's because the 1939's were built for the war. Not as an afterthought in 1948. I am told mine is an officers bike. Not a ML which was primarily just for soldiers. As you can see mine is in above excellent condition and even has the original exhaust/tool kit etc.
There are a few Ive seen going for quite big money. But they have been butchered with custom paintjobs..exhausts been modified non original engines.etc
Thu Mar 26 2009
cnv.pedersen At gmaildot com
Iï¿½m having a fully restored James 350cc 4 stroke from 1928.
Is there anyone there can help me to find more about this bikes and where to trade more of this model?
Thank you for your answer, and sorry for the time to send the photos of my womderfull James. Here you have some few photos of the bike.
I hope this will help you, but if you need more photos, just mail me and iï¿½ll make more.
You are wellcome to call me too.
Phone, +45 5017-6333
Mon Mar 23 2009
Markrnz At msndot com
Wanted value/mark9d pdf-password required
James 1939 k17 -Clockwork mouse Mark9d engine/gearbox
Hi I was wondering what one of these fully restored in excellent mechanical condition would sell for in the UK.Can supply photos if required.Also I am keen to have a look at the mark9d pdf you have on this site as I cant get any information in New Zealand or Australia, Thanks Mark
Fri Mar 20 2009
ronkrill At sympatico.ca
photo and parts needed
james 250 commodore
i need someone to send me a photo of the inner workings of the shifting mechanism on the inside right cover.it seems to be missing the mechanism to hold the pawl onto the ratchet gear.
Wed Feb 04 2009
j.lacombe at btinternetdot com
1929 JAMES AUTOCYCLE
desperately need mudguards (and stays if possible)
Mon Jan 26 2009
peeps63 at hotmail.co.uk
James Sports Captain 1963 200cc
I am desparately seeking(no not Susan) this time anyway!! a magazine with a front cover photo of a Sports Captain mounted at the top a chrome pillar at the the Earls Court Motorcycle Show 1963. Can anybody help??
Tue Jan 06 2009
scott-hanley at yahoodot com
Trying to identify a motorcycle in an old family photo
I am trying to identify the motorcycle in an old family photo. I think it is a James from the 1920's. I was hoping for some assistance .
Bike is single cylinder, chain drive, flat tank, rigid rear,
Sat Dec 13 2008
jackq at plateautel.net
Man contacted me that he one complete and a parts pile..have no use. Contact me and if you are interested..
Tue Dec 09 2008
Nickersgascoigne at yahoo.co.uk
1953 James J5 Cadet Deluxe
Hello, I am currently restoring my family heirloom and have discovered that I have no footrests on the bike,the speedo cable has gone missing and also I need a cylinder head steady bracket. The footrests on this bike slot onto a square shaft if that helps. I have sourced many parts quite successfully so far and am enjoying the process greatly, too much apparently (says my other half) So if anyone knows where or has any of these items I would be very greatful for the assistance.... Nick from Dav Northants Uk
Dav Northants Uk
James-1955-Cadet-J5-1.jpg has gone astray.
Wed Nov 26 2008
gamboge at tpg.com.au
photograph of a James
The photo attached is a friend of the family. I would like to date the image from the model of the motorcycle. It was taken in Dungog, NSW Australia c1917 to 1925 Do you know when this model was sent to Australia? Cheers
It appears to be a 5.6hp No. 9 from around 1920. Ed.James Motorcycle Dungog Australia
Wed Nov 19 2008
ash.nea at hotmail.co.uk
james cadet j 15 tank badge
1955 james cadet j 15
hi i am looking for a tank badge for a james cadet j 15 1955 model,this is the only thing i need to complete the total restoration of my bike to show standard, here are some pics of before and after, can anyone help,thanks ASH.
newcastle upon tyne
Try this page: http://bikelinks.com/directory/Parts/Badges_Decals/
I'm fairly sure there's a dealer there who makes classic badges and may well do James.
The bike is open to serious offers as i have just acquired a new project, if you could put this in your forum i would be greatful,thanks ASH,
I found one you may not have seen. He does not list a James, but I know that section of his site has not been updated for quite some time.
Thu Nov 13 2008
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Try under Villiers on our page of resources for Books and Manuals
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email me (benlangworthy at hotmail.co.uk) if your interested
ben (in devon uk)
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This directory has pages on auctions and classifieds: http://bikelinks.com/directory/Publications/
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I think you're right there. If my memory serves me well those few period adverts in colour always show them as having a maroon coloured tank. Sorry I can' t be more specific.
Tue May 01 2007
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Mon Apr 23 2007
1949 james lightweight booklet original
i wrote you an email awhile back, trying to find out the year and model of my fathers james motorcycle. theses are the only pictures i have of it. if you have any idea what it might be it would really be appreciated. the whole frame has
been repainted and under the white paint it is a maroon color.
Warren Gerbrandt <crippler-04 at hotmail.com>
The bike appears to be early pre-war, about 1947, but may be a bitza. An expert may be able to tell more from the engine and frame numbers, if you can supply those. Ed.hi again,
See also the page on serial numbers. Ed.
Sun May 17 2009
Mon Mar 19 2007
I have a very old single speed James bicycle. It's all black with no chrome or nickel plate anywhere. The rear hub is a Villiers with a sprocket on either end - one with back pedal, the other fixed. Can soeone tell how I might date my
bike from the serial number and where I can find 26x11/4-inch tires which are now scarce as hen's teeth. Thanks
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Try the James directory at Bikelinks, for a start:
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It appears to be a 4 speed 223cc made from 1953-57. Bore x Stroke 63 x 72, Rotor (R127) Armature (A131) Carb ( S25). Ed.
Tue Jun 27 2006
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Brucemain-smith.com list both a rider's instruction book and a parts manual for the Cadet. It's likely that one of these books will include a wiring diagram.
Fri Apr 21 2006
Sun Apr 16 2006
I have attached a couple of photos of the bike which was my late brothers & hasn't run since the mid seventies. The bike has the original switch gear but has wires hanging out everywhere & needs a total rewire.
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Wed Feb 01 2006
The bike is a James Comet of c1950 vintage. I would recommend you browse the Bikelinks classic motorcycle dealers directory. Sorry, cannot estimate its value.
serge deblois wrote:
I'm very confident that your bike is a Comet of 1950-52 vintage, Serge. Have a look at this page:
I have not been able to track down anything related to those numbers. The numbers you need are on the alloy crankcase of the engine, and the frame number which will most likely be on the steering head of the frame.
Fri Jan 27 2006
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I wonder if you could definitely identify the model of my first motorcycle which I think was a Commadore. It had a 250cc AMC two stroke engine, fully enclosed chain case, welded control levers. Sorry about the quality of the photo but it
was taken on a Poloroid camera about 1967! It shows me and a work mate Michael Corley, outside the Duckam's Oil blending works in Fulham where we both worked in the quality control lab.
Thu Sep 29 2005
8th August 2005
Thanks for your interest,
Information on the James ML (Military Lightweight) may be found on the James Information Site
1st August 2005
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I am looking for a 175 -178 cc engine and transmission for a james ml . I am almost certain it carried a Villiers 2 stroke If anyone would know the location of this item it would be appreciated -- Roy N. Eddleman Thanks so much. -- sploogie at YadTel.NetJames 10D
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