Posts Tagged ‘G12’

Out in Wales…

Posted: June 19, 2016 in Just Me
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We spotted this old AA box, so a photo opportunity was taken, My G12, Graham’s Speedtwin, And Geoff and Sara’s M20 combo.

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40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, out in Wales.

Joining The Collection…

Posted: February 21, 2016 in Just Me
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Back in January I had a look at a 1962 Matchless G12 650 twin.  Well a week or so ago I managed to get a ride on the bike, and I have to say it was really quite good. So good in fact that I bought the bike. So this bike has now joined my little collection and I hope to get some good use out of it over the summer months. The AJS/Matchless club meet just three miles from me as well, so I shall drop in there when the evenings drag out a bit.

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62 Matchless G12


Matchless 650

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Matchless G12

And another bike has also joined the fleet, but this is really just a hack to be kept outside and used as a general runabout. Yesterday (Saturday) I dropped into my local garage, and they had this Sportster in as a trade sale, no frills, no warranty, just an old bike that needed to be moved on.  just as you see it here. we cleaned the carb, put some air in the tyres, and took it for a short ride. it starts, stops, everything works, and it doesn’t leak any oil.
Is it an 883 0r 1200? now there’s a question! it is registered as an 883, but the garage were told it had a 1200 upgrade, but without pulling the heads you can’t really tell. so I am happy with 883, it also has the usual Screamin Eagle stage one kit fitted. low milage too for a 1999 bike.


Harley Sportster


Harley Hack

January is Done…

Posted: January 31, 2016 in Just Me
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I am always glad to see the back of January, it is the most depressing month in my opinion. It is not January’s fault per se, but it has so little to offer, following on from Christmas and the celebrations of the new year as it does. But in amongst the drabness we get the odd glimmer of hope of better days, the days drag out slowly, the odd flower braves the cold dark days, and we sometimes get a day or two of motorcycles to remind us of warmer days ahead.
Today, the last Sunday of the month is when they hold the Talmag trial, I usually go, but I have a bad cold, and it is raining hard, so this year I have passed the walk in the woods, and the smell of Castrol R. But I do have a few pictures to end the month with.

This last week I took my Norton to have a wiring loom fitted, and some other missing parts, clutch, pegs and other assorted stuff. But while there I got to look over some nice old Matchless bikes.

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Classic Motorcycles

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Matchless G12


Nice original 56 G11…

Only two owners from new, totally original, low mileage and has original sales receipt.

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Matchless G11

Introduced for 1956, the Matchless G11 and equivalent AJS Model 30 boasted an engine of 593cc, which went into the newly introduced cycle parts shared with the heavyweight singles range. Along with the new frame came a restyled oil tank and toolbox, full-width front brake and longer seat, while the excellent AMC gearbox – also fitted to Nortons including the Manx – was phased in during the year. ( taken from Bonhams 2013 auction site)

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1956 G11 600cc