James Motorcycles

James Models

James 10D
James 10D

James 1922 Models

James 1930 Models

James circa 1934 249cc Sports

The bike is a twin port two stroke model fitted with the separate aluminium cylinder head type motor, held on by only three bolts, two exhaust stubs and petroil lubrication.

Villiers XIV A Engine

Villiers XIV A Engine

The Villiers XIV A was a 249cc engine with a bore and stroke of 63mm x 80mm giving a long stroke engine which was claimed to reach 60mph, and had strong pulling power at low speeds. It was available as an air cooled unit with petroloil (BYP), air cooled with autolube (BY), and water cooled with autolube or petroloil (RY).

All had detachable heads, a deflector topped piston fitted with inertia ring and either fixed or variable ignition. An outside flywheel was fitted to some models. They were made from 1934 to 1940.

James 1939 Models

K.8 247cc
K.9 249cc
K.15 148cc
K.16 148cc De Luxe
K.17 125cc
K.18 98cc Autocycle

Postwar James Motorcycles: Model Designation
(Work in Progress)

Common Name Designation Years of Manufacture
Superlux (JDL) Superlux 1946-49
Superlux (2F) Superlux 1948-54
ML ML 1946-48
Comet 1 Comet 1 1949-55
Cadet Cadet 1949-55
Captain Captain 1948-53
Cadet J5 1953-54
Commando J9 1953-55
Captain K7 1953-59
Cotswold K7C 1953-57
Colonel K12 1953-57
Cadet J15 1954-55
Comet 100 L1 1955-66
Cadet L15 1955-59
Commando (7E) K7T 1955-57
Commodore L25 1955-62
Cavalier L17 1957-59
Commando (10E) K7T 1958-58
Commando L25T 1958-62
Cotswold L25S 1958-62
Flying Cadet L15A 1959-62
Captain L20 1959-66
Sports Captain L20S 1961-66
Superswift (2t) M25 1961-63
Cadet M15 1962-65
Commando M25T 1962-66
Costwold M25R 1962-64
Superswift M25S 1962-66
Cotswold (Starmaker) M25RS 1964-66
Unknown Model M16 1965-66

Sources: James Franklin -- j.v.franklin at worldnet.att.net, (April 26, 2002)

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