prewar AJS 1937

Information relating to Matchless and AJS Models built prior to 1939
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prewar AJS 1937

Postby NORMAN NIPPY » Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:04 pm

Does this bike require a brake light, last owner turned the tail light into a stop light.
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Re: prewar AJS 1937

Postby cbranni » Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:45 pm

As far as I am aware any vehicle registered after 1936 require a brake light and speedo, alanengineer will let us know for sure.

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Re: prewar AJS 1937

Postby NORMAN NIPPY » Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:26 pm

thanks for info

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Re: prewar AJS 1937

Postby Rob Harknett » Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:12 pm

Years ago the law was Manufactured after July 1937 requires a speedo. Back in the 50's I knew this, as police wanted to check my log book to se if they could nik me for no speedo. Don't know about brake light or if laws have changed. When I had my 36 AJS M o T'd it had no brake light. MoT man put n/a in te brake light check box.

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Re: prewar AJS 1937

Postby Duncan » Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:33 pm

From: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/mot-inspection-manual-for-motorcycles/4-lamps-reflectors-and-electrical-equipment

4.3. Stop lamps

4.3.1. Presence, condition and operation

All stop lamps must be inspected. If you do not think the stop lamp is connected, you do not need to test it.
Stop lamps are not needed for motorcycles that:
* do not have front and rear position lamps
* have had stop lamps permanently disconnected, painted over or masked
* cannot exceed 25mph
* was first used before 1 January 1936
* was first used before 1 April 1986 and has an engine capacity of less than 50cc
Motorcycles, with or without a sidecar, can have one or two stop lamps.
Additional stop lamps, over and above the requirements, must be tested. However, if you are not certain that they are connected, you should give the benefit of this doubt.
If a motorcycle does not have a battery or the battery does not have enough charge, you must run the engine to be able to inspect the stop lamp(s).
A ‘light source’ means any bulb, LED or other means of emitting light.
You must assess damaged or repaired lamps for security, colour, light output and durability.

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Re: prewar AJS 1937

Postby NORMAN NIPPY » Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:27 am

thanks all,
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