"Flying Fox" Rare Quality British Pre War Bike
Powered by Rudge 500cc single, 4
valve OHV "Python" motor. This example claims the Ulster head.
Fueled by a "Bowden" carburetor and the power is transmitted through
a 4 speed hand change "Rudge" gearbox. Period publications claim 75
MPH+ achievable in its day. The girder front forks are of "Druid"
manufacture and really work well. This example carries the frame
number 33337 and engine number 8349. A dating letter confirms this
AJW to have been built 02/05/1933. Sold by Pride And Clark of
London, registered 09/07/1934. Not cheap at £56/10s so as it was the
height of the depression that's why it hung about a bit I reckon!
Today presented in excellent condition. Easy to start and rides
For those of you not familiar with
an "AJW" motor cycle, they were a small output quality motor cycle
builder. The founder being "Arther John Wheaton", based in Exeter
and founded in 1926. The company made some super bikes of reputable
quality of its day, with its rival being "Brough" of Nottingham. The
first motors used were "MAG" of Switzerland and the 996cc V-twin
British Anzani engine, along with the overhead valve JAP engine.
Frames were manufactured by "Brough". In later years came models
such as the
"Flying Vixen", "Speed Fox", "Red Fox" and of course the "Flying
Fox". A very
exclusive brand of its time. The company survived the Great
Depression of the 1930s but production stopped completely for the
duration of the Second World War. After WWII the company changed
hands twice and the last "AJW" motorcycle produced was the 125cc Fox
Cub in 1953. "AJW Motor Cycles Limited" traded until 1981 as an
importer of Italian motorcycles. As far as the "Flying Fox" we have
on offer is concerned, I am informed that one example is in
Australia, two more are in the "John Wheaton" Museum in Cumbria and
there is this one.
with V5C, registration number AYE238, supporting history and well
put together file of period write ups, facts and figures and
magazine articles. A crowd pleasing lovely Pre War sporting British
single guaranteed to be the topic of conversation wherever it
appears. Delivery arranged.