The archetypal 'Boy Racer', AJS?s 7R was an outstanding success both on road and track during the 1950s and remains one of the highly prized classic British motorcycles of all. Debuting in 1948 with a single overhead camshaft 350cc single with a separate four-speed gearbox designed by Phil Walker, the 7R underwent constant development and changes implemented on the works race bikes were incorporated on the road version soon afterwards.
These included a magnetic sump plug in 1949 then a new cam and piston plus raised compression ratio for 1951. In 1953, major changes were wrought on the engine, with a 74-degree angle, roller rockers along with a new frame, 19-inch wheels, better brakes, gearbox and could also be identified from the shorter seat and exhaust pipe. The 7R was an impressive looking machine, from the wraparound oil tank to the signature megaphone exhaust the bike simply exuded speed.
An ideal dual purpose machine and an outstanding addition to any motorcycle collection, the 7R can be enjoyed on club rallies or at track meets and is as solid an investment as can be found in the classic bike market at the moment.