Ooh; the new AJS 400 goes on show for the first time...

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Re: Ooh; the new AJS 400 goes on show for the first time...

Postby raffles » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:21 pm

Lawrence is now on his way to Australia. Could this be connected?

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Re: Ooh; the new AJS 400 goes on show for the first time...

Postby KeithMeadmore » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:35 pm

Have just returned from a day at Goodwood Festival of Speed and while there I met up with Nick Brown. The first of the new 400cc bikes arrived in UK only 4 days ago and consequently he's not yet had chance to update his web site or advise AMOC who I understand are running an article in the very next Jampot issue on the 125 scrambler version. Whereas the 125 models use a Yamaha engine, the 400cc new model uses a HONDA engine. A 4 valve single with a square cylinder. Nick tells me it is the Honda engine design from the 1970's used for the 500TT Cafe Racer of the period and/or maybe the XBR. It's manufactured in Taiwan but assembled in mainland China by their business partner. Hopefully if I have done this correctly a photo should accompany this forum article so you can see it and I had the pleasure of sitting astride of it and poking it about .... but not of course allowed to take it and test it on the track! I liked it. It will come in 2 models apparently and Nick told me what the OTR price is likely to be and a lot more detail, but best I think leave any further info or announcements to Nick himself when he thinks appropriate to do so. But I should add that I did have some discussion with him in relation to both the Brighton Burn-up in September and also the Ardingly South of England Classic bike show with the AMC 80th anniversary feature.
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Re: Ooh; the new AJS 400 goes on show for the first time...

Postby SPRIDDLER » Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:05 pm

So it IS a single then and not a twin as mooted in the Press (two years ago). Difficult to appreciate the styling/balance of the bike due to camera angle but thanks nevertheless Keith.
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Re: Ooh; the new AJS 400 goes on show for the first time...

Postby KeithMeadmore » Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:46 am

I asked Nick about the W400 Kawasaki article and he didn't know how this came about and it was nothing to do with him. Attached is a further shot of the bike from a different angle. Difficult to get everyone out of the way as there was a lot of interest. Could be confused as its twin exhaust ported but it's is definitely per the spec a 400 single 4 valve 4 stroke OHC air cooled (plus an oil cooler), bore 85mm x 70mm, displacement 397cc, torque 3.37Nm @5,600rpm, Delphi fuel injection Euro4, 5 speed chain drive, electric start, 11L tank giving 70.6 mpg, max speed 78mph, curb weight 165 kg.
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Re: Ooh; the new AJS 400 goes on show for the first time...

Postby matchbart » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:11 pm

Looks nice, but the motor isn`t from the 70`s, the gb 400tt and xbr only came out about 1985, it is probably the same motor as used in the jawa 350 and the MASH 400, i look forward to seeing better photos , thanks

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