We have not ever seen an AJP in person, still working on that one. They are in the East and California makes selling bikes for the little guys nearly impossible, so there is nothing even close to us yet. But even so, AJP moves on with the announcement of a new rally model. Here is what they have to say about it.
Aware of the market evolution, AJP decided that it’s new model should gather the best of both worlds, giving the travellers and adventurers an alternative that represents all the DNA and know-how of the brand in the off-road, a bike capable of a great handling and riding pleasure in the toughest terrains, but also able to provide comfort, good mileage and versatility.
This is possible because AJP developed for the PR7 the new generation of the proved hybrid frame made of aluminium and steel, now even lighter, compact and rigid, using two lightweight twin spars bolted to the compact steering head that is used also as an oil reservoir.
With 1532mm of wheelbase, 300mm of ground clearance and 26,5 degrees of rake, the AJP PR7 is a must in terms of suspensions, showing a sturdy Marzocchi inverted front fork with full adjustability, 48mm inner tubes and a generous stroke of 300mm. That’s why we say this is a real trail bike with real off-road heritage. On the rear, the cast aluminium swinging arm is another trademark of the brand and it’s progressive linkage takes full advantage of the piggy-back rear Ohlins shock, giving 280mm of travel to the axel.
Brakes are well dimensioned with a 300mm front disc operated by a two piston caliper, and a 240mm rear rotor, allowing for a good power on the tarmac, but specially ease of use and a great feel on the dirt.
Overall dimensions are compact and everybody knows how important is to have a bike where you feel at home when riding on your foot. This is possible because like in all other AJP models, the fuel tank is located under the seat, creating a narrow line but also mass centralization and not
reducing the tank capacity, with a total of 17 litres of the precious liquid. The fuel cap will be located under the seat.
Estimated dry weight will be under 155kg.
The engine used to power the PR7 is the proved Minarelli single cylinder four stroke with a capacity of 659,7cc, liquid cooled and electronic fuel injection via a 44mm Mikuni throttle body. Peak power of 48hp is obtained @ 6000rpm and with 58Nm of torque @ 5500rpm this is a power unit capable of good acceleration from low to middle rpm, an immediate punch that transforms all obstacles into amusement but without compromising traction or the overall balance of the bike.
The AJP PR7 will be available in the end of 2015 / early 2016.
The price is yet to be defined, depending on the evolution to the final product.