1940s 125cc James Moped

Pushrod Fifty /

Saw this on craigslist, interesting 125cc moped. Pedal start. Pretty cool.

https://newhaven.craigslist.org/mcy/d/west-haven-1940s-famous-james-125cc/7086125295.html

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That is sweet.

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♣Slew Foot♣ /

Yep 2gs....

To spend 8gs restoring for a loss of 4gs

Tough call...

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neat... that's art though at this point

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♣Slew Foot♣ /

Or 30's scan and remake about the same price ratio but then you can make more.

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Dirty30 Dillon /

The 30's-40's era two strokes of that size were typically making less power than the 49cc mopeds of the US moped era, just like the mopeds of that era are making a fraction of what modern 49cc scooters make.

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Pushrod Fifty /

Yea, I bet it did 30 in its best days. But it looks cool.

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Doesn't look like 125cc to me. Must be a really long-stroke, low rpm engine.

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Pushrod Fifty /

A lot of the early motorcycle engines had long strokes. Coukd have been for more top end, or Maybe it was needed for the fuel at the time, it didn't have as high of a flash point as today's gas?

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That could be. Still looks like a great ride.

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The motor is likely a Villiers . Looks smaller because that's how 2Ts were made back then .Same as my Simplex 125cc :

My Simplex makes 4 HP and will do 50 MPH , on a good day . 40 - 45 comfortably .

The motor design didn't change much since the late 30s , but for a switch from rotary valve to a timed internal crankshaft intake . Not sure if that was the best move , but, much more simple .

Anyway , the Villiers are believed to be a bit better motor , so ...

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Thanks for the info.! Probably changed trying to be more efficient MPGs.

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Pushrod Fifty /

They had Villiers engines. It looks alot like a Simplex.

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My James has a Villiers motor on it. Nice to know my 800$ bike is worth more than 2000$ in USA (more because mine only needs fresh fuel to run... and it is licensed...)

> P D Wrote:

> -------------------------------------------------------

> The motor is likely a Villiers . Looks smaller because that's how 2Ts

> were made back then .Same as my Simplex 125cc :

>

> https://i.postimg.cc/QdQghrpd/HPIM1800.jpg

>

> My Simplex makes 4 HP and will do 50 MPH , on a good day . 40 - 45

> comfortably .

>

> The motor design didn't change much since the late 30s , but for a

> switch from rotary valve to a timed internal crankshaft intake . Not

> sure if that was the best move , but, much more simple .

>

> Anyway , the Villiers are believed to be a bit better motor , so ...

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Pushrod Fifty /

Rebelmoby! Lo and Behold

Do you have a photo of your James? What is the top speed and is it a peddlar?

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