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Old 10th April 2010, 11:37   #1
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This is for all the people who are vintage/classic bike fans.
This is an english "James" with hand gears and Villiers 2 stroke 125cc engine.
It is a 1948 Civilian model still in stock condition and original factory paint. Still in perfect running condition and single kick start.
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Good to see an original bike in such good condition.
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This is for all the people who are vintage/classic bike fans.
This is an english "James" with hand gears and Villiers 2 stroke 125cc engine.
It is a 1948 Civilian model still in stock condition and original factory paint. Still in perfect running condition and single kick start.
enjoy the pics
Dude, you just made my day.

What a beauty, Its best the way it is

Just change that rear tyre, not going well with the bike.

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Oh you have aces up in your sleve , but never expected this one.

Is the one below the same model

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Dude, you just made my day.

What a beauty, Its best the way it is

Just change that rear tyre, not going well with the bike.
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the rear tyre type is original - earlier they use to give these treads only at the rear for better grip on loose indian roads/offroads


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Oh you have aces up in your sleve , but never expected this one.

Is the one below the same model
Yes, its the same model, just that the one in your photo is a army model and atleast 2 years older than mine. The were a few differences :
- army model had no speedometer - civil model had (see pics) they also had a gear fixed in the front wheel hub to drive the meter chain.
- Army model had a headlight dimmer(on the head lamp dome) - civil model didnt.
- The tool box designs were different - Army had the round ones and civilian had sort of a rounded cake slice design.
- Army model also had a decompressor lever on the handle which was later removed from the civilian model.
- the handle assembly was a bit different.
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the rear tyre type is original - earlier they use to give these treads only at the rear for better grip on loose indian roads/offroads
Lovely bike, damasthebiker. Pretty original.
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Lovely and original bike.All major components appear to be still original. Its rare to sight James bikes these days.This is a 1952 RE Ensign which also had the Villiers engine and also the same Smiths speedo.Though Ensigns are rare to find these days, James' are still rarer I believe! By 1952 the Villiers engine and gearbox had evolved a bit as is evident in the Ensign.
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Lovely and original bike.All major components appear to be still original. Its rare to sight James bikes these days.This is a 1952 RE Ensign which also had the Villiers engine and also the same Smiths speedo.Though Ensigns are rare to find these days, James' are still rarer I believe! By 1952 the Villiers engine and gearbox had evolved a bit as is evident in the Ensign.
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Wow,

1952 they had twin spark ignition. i can see 2 spark plugs.

This technology is nothing new as what Hamara Bajaj claims
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Great bike you got damasthebiker. It seems in original shape. So whats the average.
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1952 they had twin spark ignition. i can see 2 spark plugs.

This technology is nothing new as what Hamara Bajaj claims
I was about to comment the same, but now days Bajaj claims that "World's leader in twin-spark technology".

@damasthebiker - Good to see you're still maintaining the motorcycle. Congratulations.

What I wonder is, if this motorcycle plonked with 125CC in 1948 can go upto the speeds of 60 MPH (assuming), then how many decades we were all behind about 10-15 years back?

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Wow,

1952 they had twin spark ignition. i can see 2 spark plugs.

This technology is nothing new as what Hamara Bajaj claims

Thats not a twin spark plug engine. The one on the left is the decompressor valve attached to the decompressor lever
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1952 they had twin spark ignition. i can see 2 spark plugs.

This technology is nothing new as what Hamara Bajaj claims
Pavan and aargee, the engine has only one spark plug not two. Look closely the sparkplug is on the right of the engine/bike. What you see on the left is not a sparkplug. Two strokes also had a decompressor in the old days
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Thats not a twin spark plug engine. The one on the left is the decompressor valve attached to the decompressor lever
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Pavan and aargee, the engine has only one spark plug not two. Look closely the sparkplug is on the right of the engine/bike. What you see on the left is not a sparkplug. Two strokes also had a decompressor in the old days
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Yes, it istnt a spark plug. I also have the same model RE Insign so I can confirm it.
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Great bike you got damasthebiker. It seems in original shape. So whats the average.
on the original Carb it runs about 20 KM/L thats pretty respectable for those days when petrol was available at throw away prices.
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I was about to comment the same, but now days Bajaj claims that "World's leader in twin-spark technology".

@damasthebiker - Good to see you're still maintaining the motorcycle. Congratulations.

What I wonder is, if this motorcycle plonked with 125CC in 1948 can go upto the speeds of 60 MPH (assuming), then how many decades we were all behind about 10-15 years back?
I m not quite sure that it does 60 MPH that would be around 96.6 KMPH but yes I managed to achieve 65KMPH easily - I didnt push it any further keeping in mind the age of my James.
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