Road trim Jimmy

I enjoyed your article on lightweight military motorcycles (June 2019 issue) and thought readers may be interested in the civilian version of the James Military Lightweight (ML).

After the Second Word War ended, James continued to manufacture a civilian version of the ML until 1948, at which point they were able to start developing new and more modern designs.

Civilian trim James. Apparently, on early post-Second World War examples, a scuff would uncover green paint under the maroon…

The only difference between the civilian bikes and their military forebears was the addition of longer mudguards, a luggage rack and fixed rather than folding handlebars and footpegs, a feature which the military bikes were equipped with to enable them to be packed into parachute cradles and gliders.


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