c1953 AJS 16MS 350cc Motorcycle
When Associated Motor Cycles Ltd resumed civilian motorcycle production post-war, the AJS range was rationalised to just two closely related models, both derived from the military Matchless G3/L. Based on a pre-war design utilising a foot-change Burman four-speed gearbox, drum brakes, patented Teledraulic forks and a rigid rear frame, the 350cc Model 16 and 500cc Model 18 were both introduced in June 1945. The Model 16’s air-cooled single, fed by an Amal Type 6 carburettor, developed 16 horsepower at 5600 rpm, enough to push the rider to speeds approaching 80 mph. AJS continued improving the Model 16 over the years, adding the option of sprung rear suspension via hydraulically dampened spring units from 1949 (with the suffix S for springer added to the model designation). An updated Model 16M, carrying a new dual seat was offered from 1953, while AJS’s own gearbox replaced the Burman unit in 1956 and an alternator was introduced the following year. AJS also offered a trials version, sold as the 16MC, with a stronger welded duplex frame and better ground clearance. Simple, affordable and easy to work on, the Model 16MS became the mainstay of AJS production through the 1950s, earning a reputation as the working man’s motorcycle and remains an excellent choice as a classic British motorcycle, with strong support from clubs and a network of specialists around the world.