AJS Stormer - Villiers Starmaker.

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Re: AJS Stormer - Villiers Starmaker.

Postby iansoady » Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:25 am

Hi Cliff,

I hadn't seen that as a relatively new Matchless owner (and new to the forum) but will read with interest when I have a little while. I had an 850 Commando for 20 years and it was a great machine - the clutch was, like the Stormer, a diaphragm spring affair that had the great advantage that when the lever was pulled in it reduced the force on the cable as the spring went over centre, so making quite a light operation for a powerful bike. The sintered bronze plates lasted for ever, with an occasional wash in petrol to clean the oil off, and the location of plates in the drum was a huge improvement over the AMC clutch.
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Re: AJS Stormer - Villiers Starmaker.

Postby iansoady » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:39 pm

Just read through that thread (good stuff - thanks) and it looks as though the Starmaker clutch was actually developed into the Commando version. The earlier 750s had normal friction facings; the sintered plates came in with the 850 IIRC.

I actually owned a basket case Stormer for a few months in the 80s - couldn't resist it at £30 or so although it had no primary drive or generator and I couldn't source them so ended up selling it in bits - ISTR the forks went to someone who was racing something interesting. I often wish I'd persevered.
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Re: AJS Stormer - Villiers Starmaker.

Postby Cjay59 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:10 pm

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Re: AJS Stormer - Villiers Starmaker.

Postby saltbox alf » Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:06 pm

Thanks for the picture, as I remember it, it was all uphill :lol:
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Re: AJS Stormer - Villiers Starmaker.

Postby iansoady » Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:58 pm

Fascinating about the 500 twin. I would have thought a Commando / Quaife box would have been able to handle 70bhp?
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