Matchless G3L

A massive thanks to Pete Volkes for the loan of his immaculate Matchless, which is a great example of a precisely set-up machine.

You could describe a Matchless G3, or for that matter its AJS 350 sibling, as solid and dependable, but maybe not glamorous. The first models are a good example of a long stroke, long lasting single and provided unexciting but reliable transport for hundreds of thousands of postwar workers.

Like many a British motorcycle of the day, the G3 Matchless used parts borrowed from its bigger sisters. Although this made them heavy and ponderous at 390lbs (177kg), it also meant the cycle parts were stronger, longer lasting and could easily cope with the claimed 16bhp power output, while hauling around rider, passenger, luggage and occasionally even a sidecar.

Read more in the October issue of Classic Bike Guide – on sale now