1960 Matchless G80 500cc
Post-war production of the Matchless G80 began in 1945 and the model remained in production until 1966, being built alongside the sister machine from the Associated Motorcycles (AMC) Plumstead, south London factory, the AJS Model 18. The power unit was a robust push rod, overhead valve 500cc single that developed 23hp at 5400rpm and, at just £176-10s-0d ($281 in today's money) in 1951, the G80 was a most affordable sporting machine.
This example is a well used but reportedly still clean running, alloy head G80 converted for trials riding the low compression engine eases starting and low rpm riding both through and around obstacles one might encounter at a typical trials event, come to that on a slow trail, too. Lightly customized from the stock bike, it should provide hours of happy riding.
- Please note that the frame and engine numbers for this motorcycle are 026010 and MA2414R respectively.