Classic Bike Guide

James Cadet 150, 1955

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Someone once told me that no one is interested in James motorbikes. Maybe they have a point, for they were not great bikes when new, and certainly wouldn’t come under the ‘classic’ banner. Yet one or two of us have fond memories of having our first motorcycle lessons on these flimsy, unreliable creatures and those youthful memories are worth treasuring, surely? Secondly, they do have a niche in the story and development of British motorcycling manufacture – in what I like to call The Good – The Bad and The Ugly – you make your own mind up. This ‘lightweight’ as

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