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I found Ian Massey’s ar­ti­cle about his AJS 500 sin­gle in RC176 both in­ter­est­ing and amus­ing. I am not an AMC man but my col­lec­tion did in­clude an AJS 650 CSR for sev­eral years. It was a nice bike apart from its ten­dency to reg­u­larly blow the head gas­kets be­tween the pots.

Re­gard­ing the dif­fer­ences be­tween AJS and Matchless; my mo­tor­cy­cling ca­reer started in 1948 and I al­ways thought that an AMC sin­gle with its mag­neto in front of the pot was an AJS and a mag be­hind the pot was a Matchless. Is this yet an­other ex­am­ple of the ig­no­rance gen­er­ated by read­ing The Blue Un and The Green Un for all those years? Mal­colm Smith, mem­ber

Pre-war Matchless sin­gles mounted their mag­ne­tos be­hind the cylin­der, keep­ing them very hot and no doubt caus­ing much hi­lar­ity among WW2 DRs when points needed clean­ing or ad­just­ing in the mid­dle of the night and the muddle of bat­tle. They con­tin­ued the prac­tice un­til 1952, when Matchless copied AJS and sited the mag­neto in front of the en­gine. Frank W

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