“Cotswold Majesty”

Trials Bikes…

 

During the year 2000 Craig Mawlam purchased all the NOS Majesty parts from John Shirt. And took on the name ...

“Yamaha Majesty”…

After sorting out the containers full of parts he found quite a few Don Godden built Mini-Majesty frames…built in 1980…

 These were for the 80 to 125 cc school boy trials bikes.

That had long since been of any interest…For some reason…

So what did he do with the frames…

 There was obviously a conversation at a trial with Cotswold Guru Jon Bliss, and between them they came up with a plan to try and use the frames by building a trials bike using all, or most of the parts from a new Jialing JH 125L, or the bigger capacity 196 OHC version, and using spares from the Jialing importer..

Jon had been building his “Easy-Rider” bikes using these for some time. With a link to Cyril Chell the importer, of Jialing into the UK…

 

 

The Jon Bliss built Jialing engined "Easy-Rider" 175 trials bike...

 

The first Cotswold Majesty was built and photographed for the publicity of the  little machine.(Top Photo)...

It seems that the first production bike sold was to a chap in the Isle-Of-White, name John Cotton, as this had the 001 frame number. But we need to confirm this.

Jon decided to build one of the bikes up for himself to ride and also another for the talented Nick Draper…

These bikes had uprated forks fitted and a few engine tweaks but not much else…

 

This is the Cotswold Majesty ridden to much success at the time 2003 to 2006.. by Nick Draper...

 

It has to be said that the little “Cotswold Majesty” bikes performed very well, and Nick Draper had several wins on his machine right up until the end of 2006. It is a shame they could not have been in production longer.

 

Photo Credit Mark "G"...

Jon Bliss's Cotswold Majesty  photo taken at the DK Mansell

South Birmingham clubs trial.

 

Photo Credit Mark "G"...

And the other side of the super little bike...

 

Photo Credit Mark "G"

Just one more shot of the Jon Bliss Cotswold Majesty...

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 It was quite a shoe-horning exercise to fit the engine units into the frame, and I take it that was what stopped the run of builds.

The rest of the frames were advertised by Craig Mawlam in TMX etc for £499… I bought one and a glass-fibre seat tank unit as it was a dream of mine to build up one of these little machines. Then stupidly I bought a 220cc engine that was just too big to get a good carb line in the frame… Eventually I got fed up with the project and took the whole thing apart…Which was another stupid move after the work I had put in.

 

 

This is my build with the larger 220cc engine that I could not get a working carburettor line right...The engine was too tall...

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 But there is still hope, and the smaller engines are available again now…

 

 

This is the new Honda CG copy engine  now available...

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 So how did Jon go about building the bikes…

 Well, the Don Godden built Mini-Majesty frame needed altering to get the engine in and fitted, and has I say that was a tight fit.

A Jialing or Honda Xl 125 modified swinging arm was used, and to fit the suspension units two new top mountings had to be fabricated and fitted, for the 340-50 mm rear shocks… Footrest had to be moved back and down so more welding and plate making. The wheel hubs used were from the Jailing JH 125 L donor bike and also the forks on the prototype, along with the complete wheels. Also the chain guard  and air box came from the same Jialing…Even the steel bash plate from this bike was used.

Jon fitted 35 mm forks to both of the what we could nearly call the

“Two Works” Cotswold Majesty’s

How many were actually built? Well I think I counted up six or seven… But there may have been more.We will have to wait and see how many now come to life…

 

 

Jon Bliss riding in the DK Mansell trial... Section Lower Norcott Farm only used by the South Birmingham club...

 

Photo Courtesy Andrew Morgan..

 

Here is Andy Morgan's "Cotswold" "ER" that utilises most of the Jialing components the same as the Cotswold Majesty. But this one and I think ten more... Andy ... used the Jon Bliss built frame  that incorporated the fuel tank as the top frame rail...

Andy...

I found the geometry was spot on, though it was obviously built to a budget inc the original Jialing forks and shocks also steel rims, being a 125 it was a little sluggish though useable . Be interesting to know how many of the Jialing Cotswolds survived .
Regards
Andy Morgan

 

 

 

As Always much more on this page later...