AF Rayspeed Clo5e Ratio gearbox – important product information

While ScooterNova magazine were at Mallory Park race circuit yesterday to watch the BSSO riders during their pre-season testing, we were made aware of an issue a couple of riders had their with AF Rayspeed Clo5e Ratio gearboxes.

Subsequently, AF Rayspeed have issued a statement concerning this, stating the part in question is being examined and until anything conclusive is discovered, sales of the product have been suspended. The full statement from AF Rayspeed is as below:

“Dear Customer,
“I am sorry to contact you out of the blue but I wished to provide you with some information regarding our New Clo5e Ratio gearboxes.
“On Friday, at the Mallory Race track two Group 6 race bikes managed to break their gear selectors. A selector failure is a serious issue and we are currently looking in to the mode of failure and speaking with the manufacturer. We are taking this issue very seriously and will provide updates as we have them. 
“Both of the bikes concerned are in the 40-45bhp region and were on the track when the failures occurred.
“Subject to the assessment of the parts and if indeed the gear selector is inadequate for the task it was designed for then a new version of the selector will be produced as soon as possible.  In the meantime we will not be supplying any new Clo5e Ratio gearboxes until we have had chance to asses the failures.
“Our product testing had involved a seasons racing in a slightly lower powered group 6 engine (approx 35bhp) and a 4,500 mile hard road test in a 28bhp engine, plus several unusual event tests (slamming the bike into 1st gear at 50 and 80mph etc.)
“Based on that experience, I do not believe that fast road use in 30bhp engines would be likely to result in a failure.  (One of the group 6 race riders is still running a Clo5e Ratio in his RB25 road bike and is 3000 miles in).  I plan to continue to run the Clo5e ratio boxes we have in our own bikes.  However everyone has to judge their own acceptable level of risk.  Anyone who wishes to return their gearbox will of course be given a full refund.  “Equally if we experience any failures in lower powered / road engines I will provide another update and immediately issue a warning.
“Sorry for placing doubt in your mind, but I believe it is only correct to provide you with what information I have.  We are working on this at the moment and will let you know what we find.”

Note that at the time of writing, nothing has been officially recalled and only one component has been reported as failing, and only in two high-powered race scooters. Until it has been investigated we will not know the actual cause of failure and no doubt AF Rayspeed will announce in due course their findings and any further action that they will take.
With a number of AF Clo5e Ratio gearboxes already sold, and indeed one also fitted to one of our scooters for this year’s rallies and events, we will keep you informed as and when we receive further information from AF Rayspeed.
If anyone has any concerns you can contact AF Raypseed via Tel: (01944) 710693, fax: (01944) 710081 or email: rayspeedstype@gmail.com

Arthur Francis S-Type 250 – from Watford to Milan and Glagow!

As we’ve posted previously, 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Arthur Francis (aka AF) S-type dealer special Lambretta scooters.

As a result of said posts published on Scooternova, Chris Wylde contacted us to tell us a little about the original 250cc S-type he bought back in 1967; a certain TJH 25D.

Chris Wylde in 1967.

Chris Wylde in 1967.

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50 Years of the Arthur Francis S-Type Lambretta

Lambretta S-Type.

Lambretta S-Type.

This weekend AF Rayspeed in Yorkshire hosted an open day to celebrate 50 years of the AF S-Type dealer special Lambretta.

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Whitby scooter rally – a splendid weekend!

Rideout to Goathland during Whitby scooter rally, Easter 2014.

Rideout to Goathland during Whitby scooter rally, Easter 2014.

If you have a few hundred miles of riding to do when attending a seaside scooter rally then ideally you want nothing less than the good weather we had over this recent Easter weekend. The ride over the Yorkshire Moors was particularly stunning it has to be said and one of the reasons we returned to this pretty coastal location. Continue reading

The Arthur Francis Manhatten (aka Manhattan)

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Arthur Francis 1967 brochure.

 

As we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the AF S-Type scooter this year, it’s only fair that we give a little mention to its lesser known stable-mate, the Manhattan. Continue reading

50 Years of the AF S-Type Lambretta

Page from 1960s Arthur Francis Ltd catalogue.

Page from 1960s Arthur Francis Ltd catalogue.

2014 is the 50th anniversary of the iconic AF S-Type Lambretta scooter.

Developed by Watford scooter dealer Arthur Francis back in 1964 to sell more scooters, the AF S-Type has become probably the most well-known of all  the dealer special scooters of all time. Continue reading