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James Cadet

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A small utility motorcycle of the 1950s, the James Cadet is typical of many thousands of similar machines built by British manufacturers. The J5 model was introduced in 1953 and was short lived, being replaced by the J15 version with larger Villiers 150cc engine in 1955. This machine was owned by the same family from new until coming to the museum in 2008.

James built their first motorcycle in 1902. Financial problems in the years after World War Two led to a take-over by Associated Motorcycles (AMC) in 1951. From 1957 James motorcycles were identical to those from Francis-Barnett, another of the many AMC brands.

Maximum speed48mph
Performance0 – 30mph 7.2 seconds
Price new£87
ManufacturerThe James Cycle Company Ltd
OwnerNational Motor Museum Trust


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