AJS Cadwell Clubman.

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Re: AJS Cadwell Clubman.

Postby skydiver » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:11 pm

Shortly after buying my new AJS Cadwell the front brake caliper made a bid for freedom and due to the"linked braking system"I was obliged to ride about four miles to my home without any brakes....I repaired it myself.Several owners have suffered electrical problems---mainly due to connection faults either in the headlamp or under the seat.Some have reported the wiring under the rear mudguard being worn through by touching the tyre---an easy fix--but it wouldn't happen if care was taken during assembly....A nice little machine but let down by mainly minor faults..Blue skies.KC.

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Re: AJS Cadwell Clubman.

Postby Baldybiker » Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:36 am

If I were in the market for a 125, yes, I would certainly buy one.
My reason for this (apart from the marque and that they are rather a neat looking little thing) is that they are supplied by F2 Motorcycles Ltd. If they were not up to muster F2 would not be selling them.
I have no business or spurious connection with F2 by the way, but have bought several machines over the years from this unusually honest and incredibly knowledgable dealer.

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Re: AJS Cadwell Clubman.

Postby skydiver » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:38 pm

Yet another brake problem for me now on the Cadwell….The brakes are linked with the brake pedal operating both front and rear brakes.....Or should do....No matter how much pressure is applied it makes NO difference at all! I had the front caliper make a bid for freedom---which I fixed,now it's trouble with the foot brake...Illegal to ride the machine in this condition....Not very pleased....KC.

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Re: AJS Cadwell Clubman.

Postby bob121 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:38 am

Are the lines linked directly, or do they run through a compensator.

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Re: AJS Cadwell Clubman.

Postby SPRIDDLER » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:25 pm

Do you mean that neither the front nor the back works when the pedal is operated?
Do they work when the h/bar lever is used?
You're probably more familiar with hydraulic brakes on bikes than I am but it sounds to me that the foot pedal may be getting to the end of its mechanical travel before there's sufficient hydraulic pressure to operate the brakes. Perhaps when the caliper came adrift the pistons exited too far allowing air to leak into the system. :?
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Re: AJS Cadwell Clubman.

Postby skydiver » Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:23 pm

Neither brake works when the pedal is used....Front brake works O.K. when using hand lever...Contacted supplier who told me that it was out of warranty as it hadn't been serviced on schedule----Even if you don't ride it--It must be serviced!!!!They wanted fifty quid just to collect it...I've suffered two braking problems one of which left me with NO BRAKES AT ALL....As a disabled army veteran I can't run the risk of being stranded due to unreliability....I'm beginning to consider that the machine is "Unfit-for-purpose"...It doesn't start using the kickstarter,two brake failures and a speedometer which doesn't comply with current regulations--reading very optimistic....Would I recommend one to a friend?----Ha ha...Not likely....KC.

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Re: AJS Cadwell Clubman.

Postby REW » Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:27 pm

Is there no club member near enough to skydiver to have a look and perhaps diagnose the problem? Sadly I am miles away, as usual :(
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Re: AJS Cadwell Clubman.

Postby bob121 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:45 pm

The service aspect is only relevant if the issue could have been prevented or discovered at point of service. The service schedule is milage or time which ever comes first. Unfortunately, it's not when the user/owner deems it necessary. Trading standards would probably advise, and possibly the importer/manufacturer (in this case ajs) that the compromise is to have the bike serviced to maintain the warranty and at the same time the brakes can be inspected and repaired. If it runs and the front brake works, it doesn't need collecting. However, £50 is not expensive. Vehicle, fuel, time and a driver. I would suggest to speak to the dealer with this proposal. Or approach ajs. But that might put the dealers nose out more.

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Re: AJS Cadwell Clubman.

Postby SPRIDDLER » Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:01 am

Before I bought my Chinese 'Mutchless' (Suzuki GN 250 engine) from the importer, a proper bike dealer 120 miles away, I phoned the half dozen long established dealers up to 20 miles from my home enquiring about servicing. None would touch it: 'Haven't got the parts', 'No experience of them', 'No manuals or tech info' etc.
Unfortunately many of these Chinese bike suppliers and eBay sellers are merely 'pop-up' box shifters with little or no after sales interest, spares or mechanical expertise.
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Re: AJS Cadwell Clubman.

Postby REW » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:54 am

And sadly, none of this helps skydiver. Any one within a short ride of him, "West Midlands"?
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