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Donnington Classic Bikes 5/5

A 1960’s style 500cc.G50 single cylinder Matchless racer, complete with a high-level exhaust system, and behind it a 741cc.Triumph 3-cylinder racer of the 70’s.

 

The Matchless G50 was a racing British motorcycle made by Associated Motorcycles (AMC) at the former Matchless works in Plumstead, London.  Developed in 1958 from the 350cc AJS 7R, but with the engine capacity increased to 500 cc, 180 G50s (for 50 bhp) were built in the next four years.  Although less powerful than its main competitor the Norton Manx the G50 proved highly competitive at three hundred pounds and was faster round bends.  If success is measured by longevity then this is the most successful Matchless motorcycle as high specification replicas are still being produced to this day, although financial problems at AMC ended production in 1963


Taken at a Donnington Park Classic racing meeting on 2nd.May.

 

Many thanks for sticking with me this week on a subject that is not one to appeal to everyones tastes, especially you ladies, however once again something completely different next week so keep looking.

Donnington Classic Bikes 5/5

A 1960’s style 500cc.G50 single cylinder Matchless racer, complete with a high-level exhaust system, and behind it a 741cc.Triumph 3-cylinder racer of the 70’s.

 

The Matchless G50 was a racing British motorcycle made by Associated Motorcycles (AMC) at the former Matchless works in Plumstead, London.  Developed in 1958 from the 350cc AJS 7R, but with the engine capacity increased to 500 cc, 180 G50s (for 50 bhp) were built in the next four years.  Although less powerful than its main competitor the Norton Manx the G50 proved highly competitive at three hundred pounds and was faster round bends.  If success is measured by longevity then this is the most successful Matchless motorcycle as high specification replicas are still being produced to this day, although financial problems at AMC ended production in 1963


Taken at a Donnington Park Classic racing meeting on 2nd.May.

 

Many thanks for sticking with me this week on a subject that is not one to appeal to everyones tastes, especially you ladies, however once again something completely different next week so keep looking.

comments (18)

It is a pretty one- can I say that? Can motorcycles be "pretty" - or is that wrong? Anyway- I really like the colors!
Brian Walbey: I think pretty is o.k.Elizabeth, I always considered those petrol tanks on these machines to be a work of art.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Jul 2011, 06:42
Did you ever ride one yourself Brian?
Brian Walbey: I never rode a racing bike of any sort Chris, just a number of smaller road bikes up to 250cc.. I did however, during my days as a circuit commentator in the years between 1968 and 1982, get to drive my car, somewhat modestly, round Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Snetterton.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Jul 2011, 06:53
Some of us ladies see the pure delight/art in such vintage beauties, Brian. For me it's fun to see what floats your boat. grin
Brian Walbey: I actually think the petrol tank, sorry gas tank smile , on this bike is a great work of the designers art Ginnie.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 15 Jul 2011, 07:09
That exhaust pipe is very close to the riders leg and bum
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed vintage but a close look reveals a small non heat transferring shield where the top of the leg would go.
Don't worry about lack of appeal it's all part of widening our spheres of education ... Just don't do a long series on knitting patterns. ;-)
Brian Walbey: Funny you should mention knitting patterns Richard because next week ........ No not really, I think this series has been enjoyed even by those for whom it isn't the most gripping of subjects, as you say we learn a lot on SC don't we.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jul 2011, 09:07
Best one so far Brian - in sparking condition too.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mike, and one of my favourite looking machines, the petrol tank is a work of art as far as I am concerned.
motors are great machine, for the real motor lovers... I like to see al the shiny chrome
Brian Walbey: This certainly has quite a bit of chrome Chantal and as for the petrol tank, isn't that just great.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jul 2011, 12:36
Now my elder brother had a Matchless; he loved it more than his girlfriend at the time! That exhaust looks too close to the riding position for my liking; a burnt leg, I'm thinking.
Brian Walbey: Your brother had good taste then Alan. Their is a small non heat inducting grill where the leg goes over the pipe to help stop burnt bums etc.
From memory most Triumphs built in the 70s were not up to much. This Matchless is a handsome machine Brian
Brian Walbey: Your probably right about the Triumphs Bill, but I always reckoned the Matchless overall was a far better looking bike than the Norton racers, I think it is that beautiful petrol tank.
Judging from the immaculate condition it's in, Brian, the owner must be very proud of it.
Brian Walbey: It would be a tragedy if anyone ever let a lovely bike like this one get even a slight bit of oil and dirt on it Beverly.
I agree with Elizabeth. It is a pretty looking machine. Nice shot Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet, it is the petrol tank that is the really nice item on these bikes I feel.
A fine bike - and a nice looking Triumph behind it smile
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed, thanks Tom.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jul 2011, 16:29
It is hard to talk about bikes for me Lol, but they do look good smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment anyway Linda, it is nice that people on SC show interest in each others postings even when they aren't a favourite subject.
A grand series of bikes Brian, it must have been a pretty good meeting.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Les. Yes the sounds from the old four strokes was really good during the racing, the two strokes from Japan of course sound like a hive of bees.
A good series on the bikes Brian.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks John.
I see no need to qualify your subject mater to the ladies Brian.... they can admire the beauty of them the same as we do....they are classics after all....and i have enjoyed all five postings very much....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Peter.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Jul 2011, 01:55
It is a beautiful thing, Brian...it looks totally competent.
Brian Walbey: I always thought the G50 Matchless looked a lot more attractive than the Norton Manx although the latter, in general, was a tad faster.
  • Debb
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Jul 2011, 00:07
This lady LOVES this subject and is very envious.
Great photo, great subject.

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