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
Sat Nov 21 2015
robetdixon731 at hotmail.com (bounced, try robertdixon....)
1923 James 8A 240cc
here is my latest restoration a 1923 240cc model 8A. I own the bike.
James-1923-8A-240cc-RDixon.jpg will be posted-1511
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 email@example.com, 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.
James Cadet J15 1955
James Cadet 1955 Restored
James Cadet 1955 Restored
i have searched the net for badge manufacturers but cant find any,if you know of any could you pass on the info,
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
bobg at waitrosedot com
just to fill in any odd information that someone might be putting together. I owned a James Colonel in the 1960's. It was a 225cc 2T engine reg no 653AVK from 1957. I only ever saw two others so they were quite rare then !
newcastle upon Tyne UK
Sun Nov 09 2008
gillian.huish at tiscali.co.uk
Rear Damper Units
James Commodore 1962 model
Does anyone know how to remove the chrome shrouds, is a tools necessary, if so where can I get one?
Here's a picture of the rear damper, the highlighted parts is the part
I need to remove to get re-chromed.
Thu Oct 09 2008
chitra-auto at yahoodot com
Norman or James
Sirs,plz find my recntly accquired bike (Previous owner says its "Norman" & as up to my Knwledge its like JAMES ML, Kindly help me in this regard!!,Engine is Villiers 125/3 speed, (papers is to reach me not before Janaury 2009, but I my country's tranport authorites may be misleading at times)
Tue Sep 09 2008
kieslerp at gmaildot com
james with 125 villers engine
JAMES VILLERS ML 125 ENGINE
i have just been gifted a 1946 james ml with 125 cc villers engine. the bike is a basket case. on opening the right hand gearbox cover i found it empty ! some clown has inadvertedly removed stuff from it. the problem is i don not have access to a blown up parts diagram of a james ml gearbox and as i stay in bombay i feel its impossible to get one here. i was wondering if someone could provide me with the gear box diagram so that i could identify what is missing and get about either making them or searching for the missing parts..
Try under Villiers on our page of resources for Books and Manuals
Tue Sep 02 2008
nickweston at blueyonder.co.uk
james k9 identification
I have purchased the remnants of what was a 1939 james k9, or so i was told.I cannot find any pictures of a complete surviving bike on the net.The frame does look small for a 250 and looks virtually identical the the james 150 pictured on this site.Are the frames the same? The frame number is h11311. Thanks. Nick.
England, the midlands.
Thanks for replying quickly.
Here are some epics of the frame you can use, including the headstock
with number visible.
Sun Aug 10 2008
festaTbird at aoldot com
James Captain Sport 250cc
HELP!! bought the above, its been pissed about with, have no real pics to compare. Festa
Sun Jun 15 2008
tim.jordan at man.eu
James Superswift rectifier
James Superswift 250cc
can any one send me information on the wires that go onto the rectifier what colour goes where etc.
Mon Mar 31 2008
kellylloyd at xtra.co.nz
Hoping sum1 can help me. The bike is 1947 james,198cc, MO8639D (frame no.),83553(engine no.) Villiers engine has an E with a square around it stamped on it. Not sure if year is correct but thats wot it was registered as in Australia. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanx Dwayne, firstname.lastname@example.org. New Zealand
Mon Mar 17 2008
kieran-duffy at eircom.net
James motorcycle parts wanted!
James Model 10
Hello! Could anyone help with engine parts(the front cylinder especially) for a James 750 model 10 1923 and any information about this model would be appreciated
Sun Mar 16 2008
samfindlay at le15.orangehome.co.uk
I'm looking for a set of these to fit to a Commodore which I've fitted 2t engine to. Can anyone reccommend a supplier?
Fri Mar 14 2008
j-page at xtra.co.nz
I can't get any info on my bike!!
This is all I know it is a two stroke and I thought the engine number was AAA18813 but that does not work on your website please help me if you can!!
Haven't got picture today but can do if needed!
Sat Mar 01 2008
benlangworthy at hotmail.co.uk
Hi can anyone offer me any advise? My 1955 james cadet is my first motorcycle, and i plan to do some travelling on it could anyone recomend a good classic insurer, who wont have a problem with the bike being my only vehicle?
Mon Feb 18 2008
mmansell at bigpond.net.au
1949 James Comet 98cc two speed
Where can I get spare parts for this bike? Kick Start pedal, brake pedal, exhaust pipe, Clutch bridge, cylinder head, gearbox output sprocket and chain guard is all it needs now.
Sat Dec 15 2007
benlangworthy at hotmail.co.uk
james captain footbrake for sale of swap
james captain from 1955 onwards
hi i have a footres(with some fittings) from a james captain for sale or for swap for parts for a 1955 j15 cadet. I bought it hoping that as the main lever is the same as on the cadet that its fittings would be to but unfortunatly for me they not.
email me (benlangworthy at hotmail.co.uk) if your interested
ben (in devon uk)
here are some photos, of the parts i have for sale or to swap.
Tue Nov 13 2007
Earache1 at msndot com
1947? ML 125. and others
Earache here and i own several James motorbikes, glad to have found this site. One is an ML 125 i belive. another is a frame , forks, gas tank, ( yes i said gas ) rusted wheels and bad tires. also in my collection is an Villers engine ,then there is another in parts ( but not complete) and finally two more frames one with a rear wheel and the other with an engine that is similar in size but i have no idea what make . These last two i have not determined if they are James. When i am able to post pictures here i will.
Las Vegas Nevada U.S.A.
Wed Oct 31 2007
gerry.halley at stratstonedot com
James villers trials bike
I have just purchased a james motor bike and want to find out more about it all i have is the frame number, i also need parts as well. cheers
Wed Oct 24 2007
m.burgess2 at blueyonder.co.uk
We are looking for a kickstart for a 1948 James ML with 125cc engine. Can anyone help please?
Wed Oct 10 2007
benlangworthy at hotmail.co.uk
1955 james cadet j15 parts
I need some parts to complete the restoration of the bike pictured, if anyone has or knows of any parts id be really interested in buying them
Mon Aug 20 2007
melmanse at skydot com
James Captain 1954
I am looking for a seat for a James Captain 1954 motorbike. Any ideas where to look?
Sat Aug 18 2007
gingco at woosh.co.nz
1936 james h
i would like to get a front plate and brake shoes for my 1936 girder fork james
Sat Aug 04 2007
les.parkin at btinternetdot com
Parts For James Cadett
Any partss for my james 1956
Wed Jul 25 2007
stephen.j.coley at unileverdot com
1955 James Cadet 150cc
Were would be the best place to sell thi machine
This directory has pages on auctions and classifieds: http://bikelinks.com/directory/Publications/
Mon Jul 09 2007
JamesWisdom at hotmail.com
Check out this site for information on James Motorcycles - www.simplywizard.co.uk
Thu Jun 28 2007
mollynelson at hotmail.co.uk
original colour of petrol tank
James Cadet 1955
restoring motorcycle would appreciate definite info on original colour of the petrol tank
I understand that all petrol tanks for this model [James Cadet 1955] are the same colour?
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
sarahj2608 at aoldot com
L25 commodore 250 1957
I have a james motorcycle with orginal instruction book and documents. It has two engines one is a 200cc the other a 250cc. if anyone is intrested in this bike for parts or restoration please get in contact.
Tue Apr 24 2007
nomadtrans at aoldot com
Inquiry from Warren Gerbrandt
98 cc James
I grew up in Southern Manitoba and there were four of us that had 98cc James bikes in the mid 50s. One was a 53, I had a 54 and two friends had new 55s. It's possible yours could be one of these bikes. I still have some black and white photos if you're interested.
Mon Apr 23 2007
truckerbeau at sympatico.ca
1952 james brochure MINT ORIGINAL
1952 JAMES BROCHURE FOR SALE, SPECS on the 98cc to 197cc villiers engines. top off your collection with this beautiful brochure.
1949 james lightweight booklet original
have a real nice james booklet called putting it on the map the new 98cc lightweight motorcycle about a 2000 mile trip around brish isles.good condition.
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.
thank you very much
Warren Gerbrandt <crippler-04 at hotmail.com>
Sun, 25 Mar 2007
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,
the only frame number i can find on the motorcycle is L 821-1, and the only number on the outside of the engine is V15 B7310. if you can make anything out of these numbers that would be much appreciated. (the number on the motor could have been on a plate, but there was no plate found on the motor)
See also the page on serial numbers. Ed.
Sun May 17 2009
accycle At ymaildot com
unknown James (possibly a Bitza)
Hello. Origionally I contacted you in March of 2007 regarding identification of what you believed to be a pre war James motorcycle or maybe a Bitza. I have found 2 other serial numbers on the frame under the seat (DO1694 + L993/7) do these numbers mean anything to anyone? I have had no luck identifying this motorcycle and am not sure where else to look. Thank you.
Mon Mar 19 2007
dmawle at sympatico.ca
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
Sat Mar 10 2007
ghaffey at btinternetdot com
James Cadet 98cc 1953
I need a headlight switch for a James Cadet 98cc 1953 model
Wed Feb 21 2007
crippler-04 at hotmaildot com
james motorcycle info
hi. my father has an old james motorcycle sitting in his shed. how could i find out what year and model of motorcycle he has?
Sat Feb 03 2007
warrenmccready at xtra.co.nz
james captain 1954
Hi , looking for spare parts for a james captain 1954 all help would be grateful I live in new zealand warren mccready
Tue Jan 30 2007
paul at irvinep48.fsnet.co.uk
Im looking for a 1955 James Colonel, frame, or basket case bike.
Mon Jan 15 2007
nspackman at bit.net.au
date verification of James Motorcycle
James Model 9
I have an early V-Twin James Motorcycle and need to verify date of Manufacture. The Motorcycle may have been used by Russian Forces in WWI. The Engine capacity is 660cc. The Bore and Stroke is 70mm x 86mm and the Wheels 28" diameter x 3". The cyclinders are cast with jaggered fins. All chain drives. The chain covers are easily removed. Magneto at rear of engine on down tube. Mine has all aluminum chain covers and I have interchangeable wheels front and back. Mine also has a front brake which is exactly the same size as the rear brake and interchangeable. The engine number is BJ109 and the Frame number is 4530. I am trying to date the motorcycle and find out whatever I can about it. No luck so far.Any help would be apprciated.
The Gearbox number is 1453.
Thu Jan 11 2007
wrc7001 at humboldt.edu
I recently aquired a motorcycle I believe to be James ML
On the lug that
the seat springs sits there is the number
ML 29 L stamped into it.
Is there any way to identify this bike?
Any information you can give me would be much appreciated.
Fri Jan 05 2007
stuart.howson at tiscali.co.uk
electrical problem fuel cap
I have the above bike but when I turn on the head light the engine cuts out ,and the bike is missing petrol tank cap can anyone help
Thu Dec 14 2006
Kimcort at maltanet.net
james k17 125cc
I would like a workshop manual book,parts book list. My frame number is b3833 and engine aaa27649.the last number is 1 or d im not sure.I would like to restor it and I need some help.if you have the manual book or parts book is it good for you to pay you with a cheque and to whom I will adress it. Thank u
Mon Dec 11 2006
warrenmccready at xtra.co.nz
james captain 1954-1957
where in new zealand can i find some parts etcz
Fri Dec 29 2006
macmagee at tksinc.us
My buddy doesn't have a computer, so I'm inquiring for him. He'd like a photo of his old James 125cc. He had it in the mid 50's in the USA. Any sites for pics?
Try the James directory at Bikelinks, for a start:
Mon Dec 11 2006
bev-n-will at hotmaildot com
does any one need frame or brass flywheel
Sat Dec 09 2006
reidmossman at xtra.co.nz
James Comet , Cadet or ML125 ?
Hi, I have a James ML or Comet First Registerd NZ 09.03.1950 In pieces, about to be reassembled , have all parts except H/bars & clamps, Stand, It has a Ridgid Rear end with Single Conical Front Spring. Chasiss #DO1277. Like Comet Pictured with Girl From Canada. Engine#8487707 125cc I think its a Mark 12D . I have a Book of the Villiers Engine.Covers up to 1969 Motorcycles, by the Pitman Motor Cyclists Library. By C grange .Copys were Reprinted in 1970.
If you have any Colour photos other than whats on your site i would be very interesed, so i can identify what i have.Please feel free to Contact me if you could put me in contact with other owners of similar Bikes.
Thanks Reid Mossman
Auckland , New Zealand
Wed Dec 06 2006
dunxc at aoldot com
James Cadet 150 J15 1955
I'm looking for spares for the above - especially the complete slider rear suspension (I do have the springs and end caps, but nothing else). I've tried a few contacts but either get no response at all (James website etc.) or the contacts don't have spares (Vale-Onslow). Can anyone help? I'm prepared to get this stuff made, but I'd need dimensions etc. to start.
Thanks in anticipation,
Tue Nov 28 2006
garry.howitt at halliburtondot com
Identifying a james?
Can someone tell me what year the james i have in the attached photo is and is this the colour it should be, alos is this a Villiers or AMC engine?
Sun Nov 05 2006
michael at burgdorf.dk
It is a James Comet / J11 from 54/55
I need a piston to a 98cc
Mon Nov 06 2006
casadelaguila at ntlworlddot com
AMC 15T Workshop Manual
James Cadet M15
I am looking for a workshop manual for the AMC 15T engine. Also a AMC 15t engine complete or spares
Tue Oct 17 2006
PJONES9999 at YAHOOdot com
Magneto flywheel w/coil plate assembly
Famous James 9D
Looking for magneto flywheel with coil plate assembly. 1948 Villiers engine.
Sept 5th 2006
subject: part needed
Email: ronkrill at sympatico.ca
message: i have a 1957 james 250 commodore and need the pawl spring that keeps the bike in gear. do you know where i can get this spring?
Wed Aug 16 2006
angus mcleod at hotmaildot com
frame number el206 69
can you please tell me what model of motorcycle this is also what type of carb i need as the carb is missing regards. angus
Wed Aug 02 2006
Mike at nasalezedot com
Harry James was my Great Uncle
Really nice to know the James bikes live on.
Ramsey, Isle of Man
Sat Jul 22 2006
daveallie at netcall.com.au
James motor cycle
Can you tell me what model James this engine was fitted to and what capacity it is?
Engine Num. 799A/4155
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
abychawski at yahoodot com
I need engine parts for 1952 james with williers engine; piston bearings and seals clutch, gears [3 speed]
Mon Jun 05 2006
naylors at menstonuk.fsnet.co.uk
James Motorcycle 1958/59
My pal (has no Computer) has asked me to see if it is possible to get a James petrol tank badge he has the bike in bits and just told me it's a 1958/9 James could you reply with an address or telephone number of any supplier of James parts
Tue Jun 06 2006
jop at terraworld.net
need parts for rebuild
Seeking contacts for items neede to restore 49 model
Wed May 10 2006
tom09uk at yahoodot com
1955 James Cadet
hello, I was hoping you could help. I am restoring a 1955 150cc James cadet. I have reached the stage of wiring and need to find a diagram so I can do it correctly. I hope you can help. many thanks indeed. All the best, Tom
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.
I have attached a photo of the bike. The wires are nearly all there. I was just wondering where the 6V battery fits in to the circuit and on the bike? Also
the wire that comes off the dynamo located in the engines connects to where? Many thanks indeed for your help! All the best, Tom.
Fri Apr 21 2006
jmo17686 at bigpond.net
what year ?
james villers mark 1
i d please barrel )K
housing 797 3394
Sun Apr 16 2006
lisaj.parker at tiscali.co.uk
My wires are crossed
James Captain 1963
I need to sort the wiring out on a 63 captain does anyone know where i could obtain a diagram from I would be most greatfull for any help. Thanks Chris.
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.
Sun Apr 09 2006
paulatwoodside at btinternetdot com
Is it still alive
James L20 sports captain
I wonder if this bike from my teens is still around reg. No. 802DOU it had chrome side panels and an avon rave fairing. If anyone has a picture of a sports captain I would dearly love one, just to make a disabled old man happy
Wed Feb 22 2006
ronkrill at sympatico.ca
i have a 57 james 250 commodore and need a seat, headlight, front fender and all handlebar switches
Wed Feb 01 2006
concept-pro.inc at videotron.ca
HI my name is Serge
I' m sending you a picture of my "JAMES" motorcycle
1) Can you tell me the year?
2) Where can i find parts for it?
3) The price of it when restore?
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 looked on the JAMES MOTORCYCLE website and in 1950 all the front
suspension show are ligthweigth fork and my front suspension is a spring,i
have suspension in the back too.
Here is some pictures so that you can see it.
MY serial number is located on the frame, the front braket of the engine and
we read it as:
93 55 53
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
tomncoral at xtra.co.nz
James headlight switch
I own a 150cc James,possibly 1939, It's missing a head light switch. On top of the headlamp there is a brass badge inscribed Villiers VEC Wolverhampton.anyone know where I can get an replacement? Looks as though it had some sort of spring under the switch.
Cheers Tom Davies
Mon Dec 12 2005
spidersman1 at csdot com
1948 james motorcycle with villars motor
i need a front rim and information on what i have.motor is in good shape plus have a spare motor.
Sun Dec 11 2005
sn-apperuk at yahoo.co.uk
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
clare at snyder.on.ca
villiers transmission diagram
A friend has a 1952 James with a Villiers 197? engine. The transmission is in pieces in a box. We need a diagram of the trans showing where all the parts go - blow-up diagram would be fine.
8th August 2005
mcontella at onsolidated.net
I have a 1945 Simplex Servi-Cycle, a small bike made in New Orleans from 1935 to 1960, which I am restoring and now have running. I had one when I was about 14. I'm also in the market for a James ML. I had one of them when I was in my late teens. They are somewhat rare but can still be found occasionally on ebay in the U.S.
Thanks for your interest,
Information on the James ML (Military Lightweight) may be found on the James Information Site
1st August 2005
subject: James 1956 Captain 197cc.
Email: rapley at metservciedot com
message: Looking for sales brochure, colour pics, details, etc.
Thu Jun 23 2005
fosteri at gofree.indigo.ie
Need some assistance and information if possible, have come across a James Comet
Frame No J3/2044
Engine 98cc ?
Can you tell the age of bike from this, and any other info, thanks
Are parts available
Coolbeg, Rossnowlagh, County Donegal
Mon Apr 25 2005
tlizzy999 at macdot com
1942 James military Lightweight 125cc
Looking for parts book or coil and electric diagrams. Thanks
Date: Sat, 19 Mar 2005
subject: help needed
Email: ronkrill at sympatic.ca
message: i put another gear box on my 57 250 commodore and the engine doesnt want to go i9n. the frame brakets are rubbing on the back of the gear box,. i tryed to lift the front of the engine push it down ,every thing ,what the trick. you tell me.
April 26, 2002
James Model Designation Chart
by James Franklin -- j.v.franklin at worldnet.att.net
January 1, 2002
Subject: Help with JAMES & other British & European Two Strokes.
The British Two Stroke Club of Australia Inc. was founded in 1989 to serves the needs of owners or those persons interested in Australian, British & of later years European two & three wheeled vehicles powered by twostroke engines. When requested, assistance is provided to all enquiries
The club & can be contacted at BTSCA Inc. P.O. Box 6058 KARINGAL, VICTORIA, 3199, AUSTRALIA .
beere at alphalink.com.au
October 21, 2001
I have recently purchased what appears to be a M25, however most of the cycle parts are missing, does anyone know of anywhere these items can be obtained. -- Thanks Tony -- NVTMC at aoldot com
October 10, 2001
Hello from New Zealand
Could you help with a James my friend is fixing up here are some details.
eng no 1ea 9220
frame no h 9563
gbox no mmb 209
mag no 4 pg 12802
Any info or what model or year this bike is would be much appreciated. Thanks
Dave Murphy -- dmurfruff at xtra.co.nz
April 12, 2001
The British Two-Stroke Register operates an e-mail group at: groups.yahoo.com/group/BritishTwoStroke. You'll find a few James fans here (including myself) who will only be too happy to sympathize with you. -- Mark Gattenhof -- mgatt at turboweb.net.au
February 24, 2001
I have a 43 James ML WD. Can you help with any part sources? -- Thanks! -- Jonathan Lewis -- lewisj at sprynetdot com
November 6, 2000
I got my grandfathers old bike and I'm trying to figure out what it is so far it looks like a James ML military bike but I'm having trouble finding pictures of any 42-45 military versions can you be of help? Thank you -- Steve -- stja at televardot com
May 1, 2001
I am 22 years old and a have a James ml bike and was wondering where to get parts? I live in the United States. thanks for help -- Chris -- rider1 at compuagedot com
April 23, 2000
Please take a look at our homepage dedicated to James Motorcycles at freespace.virgin.net/mw.berrie 
The site has been established for 5 years now
Mike Berrie -- MICHAEL BERRIE -- mw.berrie at virgin.net
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.Net
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