‘I just wanted to do something different’, says its creator, Mark Molineux. Mark’s probably better known as Moly, half of the Burt & Moly double-act who are the driving force behind the UK’s All Terrain Rally Challenge (formerly known as the Big Bike Rally Challenge). A rally series that brings the spirit of Baja and other big cross-country rally events to the UK. Burt & Moly are heavily into the rally scene so they have the Rallymoto business too, which specialises in rally bike preparation. Not just for their own ATRC but for the big internationals too, including Dakar. So this AJP rally bike is their interpretation of ‘something different’.
‘I’ve done the big bikes, the 1200s, I’ve done the 450s, so I wanted to try something else, and I figured doing this might add some interest to the trail bike class for which it qualifies’ continues Moly. ‘So much of dirt biking is KTM orange that I wanted to try a different brand. AJP came to mind and when I spoke to them they were interested straight away… and definitely up for it!’
So what turns a trail bike into a rally weapon?
‘You need fuel range, and the standard seven-litre tank isn’t doing that. The AJP has its fuel tank located under the seat so we fabricated a new sub-frame using box section alloy and with sheet alloy, gusseted for strength; infilled it to create a 15 litre tank, although we could make that up to 19 litres if we wanted. But with a 250cc motor we’ve already achieved a massive range.’
Fabrications such as rear tanks applied to enduro bikes typically require a re-routing of the exhaust and that’s been the case here. So now the AJP has a hand-fabricated under-slung rally type exhaust with massive Doma rally muffler - massive but still louder than stock. But as Moly explained, being able to use a bigger diameter pipe and making that pipe longer helped boost the AJP’s power. Which is needed, as with about 27bhp (claimed) it’s a fair few horses short of the likes of a KTM 250EXC-F.
Next comes the panel of navigation aids, known in the business as the ‘rally tree’. It looks big and bulky but Moly assures us it weighs little more than a kilo or two so has almost no effect on the handling. The bracketry attaches to a couple of lugs welded onto the headstock and holds the road book, an ICO (electronic computer, speedo, trip meter etc) and a CAP repeater (an electronic compass). Despite all the extra electronics the AJP needs no upgrade on its electrical output; the lights are LED and so draw very little current and the rest of the kit draws barely much more - the wonders of modern technology. To keep things simple the AJP has three switches: one for the ignition, another for the navigational equipment and a third for the lighting.