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Associated Springs

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Associated Springs Ltd of Corporation Street, Stafford

1909 Produced A. S. L. motorcycles .

1909 They began to produce motorcycles that differed from most others in two ways: 1. Their machines had both front and rear suspension (most others had rigid frames) 2. Air springs were fitted, both front and rear, in preference to the usual steel. In all other respects the machine was conventional and fitted with either single or V-twin Peugeot engines.

1909 The machines differed from most others in two main ways. Firstly they had both front and rear suspension, and secondly they used air springs instead of steel. The rest of the machine was conventional and fitted with Peugeot single or V-twin engines and belt drive.

1910 The single was changed to a Fafnir engine.

1911 Engines were changed to JAP or White and Poppe. That year the company name changed to Air Springs Ltd.

1911 The company name changed to Air Springs Ltd

1912 Precision or Fafnir engines were used.

1913 An unusual design appeared. This had a two-speed gearbox mounted ahead of the engine, rather than behind, and there was also an option using a conventional three-speed gearbox.

1913 A chain-driven two-speed gearbox appeared, mounted ahead of the engine rather than behind, from where it drove the rear wheel by a long belt with pulleys much the same size. A conventional three-speed gearbox was a further option for the single.

1914 Single and V-twin Precision engines were used along with a 5hp Fafnir V-twin. All models had the three-speed Sturmey-Archer gearbox and air suspension front and rear. It was the final year of production.

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