A.J.S. 1953 E-95

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The A.J.S. motorcycle was made in Great Britain. It featured an air-cooled, parallel twin four stroke engine. The ignition was a Lucas rotating magnet magneto that was chain-driven. The engine was rated at 45 b.h.p. The displacement was 499cc based upon a bore and stroke of 68 X 68.5 mm. Fuel was supplied via twin Amal GP carburetors, fed by a mechanical fuel pump and header tank. Getting the power to the ground was by a four speed Burman transmission. The suspension featured front Teledraulic forks with twin shocks in the rear. Drum brakes were on both the front and rear. The motorcycle weighed in at 340 pounds. Top speed for the bike was 125 m.p.h.

According to the museum's fact sheet "Introduced in 1952, the E95 was a much-redesigned version of the E90 horizontal twin, knows as the Porcupine due to the spiky finning on the cylinder head. The original design was drawn pre-WWII when supercharging was legal, but when racing resumed post war, supercharging was banned and the Porcupine was uncompetitive. With the redesign, cylinders were given a 45o angle to shorten the wheelbase to improve handling. Only four of these machines were built."

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