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The Payne JAP

In 1947, Australian Arthur Payne discussed the "Aussie" frames with Charles Oates and agreed that the frames could be built in Britain, with performances to equal those in use on the tracks down under.

The outcome was that Payne came to Liverpool, stayed a month with Charlie at the Liverpool riders workshops, and together the riders planned the machine which was to become known as the "Easyride".

The bike met with instant success. Bill Dalton, Peter Orpwood, Derek Glover were the riders to use the frame in its early days, but soon was to be ridden by riders across the Divisions.

The Short4 motor installed in this particular photo, is in fact, a conversion from a 5 stud engine

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