A pair of Matchless G3s

Hello from New Zealand and thanks for producing the Classic Bike Guide mag. I enjoy reading the articles and find them very interesting.

I started riding British bikes at an early age, but as usual, marriage and mortgages meant selling them (reluctantly) for household items.

Now I have reached retirement age, I don’t own one, but am lucky enough to maintain and ride two Matchless G3L 350s owned by a lady friend. One is 1950, the other a 1949.


Her father owned the 1950 machine, the other was owned by her father’s best friend. I renewed the carb on the 1949 as the original was worn. Both bikes have been rebuilt, start easy, run well and I am looking forward to some riding with my friend when she returns from the UK.

I’m lucky to be able to get advice and parts from two local bike enthusiasts, one being an AJS Matchless expert and the other a restorer of most makes of classic British bikes and cars, who goes by the name of Lord Nuffield.

Thanks again for producing this great mag and I look forward to many more.


Dennis Richards.

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