Re: One for Hants Ian
Posted by Hants Ian on January 6, 2018, 12:30 pm, in reply to "Re: One for Hants Ian"
The AA after the war was very much army orientated. I would quess that due to the rugged dependability of the M20 the powers that be decided that with some modifications it would be the ideal machine to use. At first using the M20 but fitted with an 8" front brake. Later the upgrade was made to an M21 with 15bhp of raw power. The M21s were fitted with a different main shaft so to carry an alternator needed to power the radios now carried. Also fitted were higher handlebars, and were delivered ready painted in AA colours The last 250 machines were delivered in 1961. The last outfit was in use in 1968. The last one in Hampshire worked the A34 at Whitchurch. What you have to realise is that in the days of side car mounted patrols the AA was the bigger organisation. They had more patrols so each covered a smaller patch, working from a AA call box, speed was not needed. The need for patrols to do their own maintenance was foremost in the minds of the powers that be in the interests of saving money. This and a good deal with BSA was most likely the reason that the AA stuck with the M21s. This is the best answer I can come up with. Those I could have asked for a better reason have long gone to the great ride out.
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