WTB - British Single (AJS Matchless Ariel)

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by mlv, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. mlv

    mlv Guest

    Does anyone know where I can buy a nice, genuine example of a 50s or 60s
    4-stroke single in trials/trail/competition trim?

    Ideally I'm looking for a 500cc single, such as an AJS/Matchless G80/G85, or
    an Ariel HT5.

    Has anyone got one of these bikes for sale?

    mlv, Jun 14, 2005
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    Tom Guest

    There is a '58 Enfield Bullet 350 on ebay

    Little beauty but £1600 reserve not met
    Tom, Jun 14, 2005
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  3. mlv

    mlv Guest

    mlv, Jun 14, 2005
  4. mlv

    Tom Guest

    They are well rated in classic trials, but for looks, I prefer the
    Tom, Jun 14, 2005
  5. mlv

    tallbloke Guest

    Each to his own I suppose. My pre AMC matchless has the Magneto and dynamo
    behind the cylinder with the classic 'datebox' magneto chaincase running
    rearwards from the crankcase. I always thought that looked nicer than the
    AJS and post AMC Matchless setup, though more awkward for maintainance in
    some ways.

    Does the G3C have an alloy barrel?
    tallbloke, Jun 14, 2005
  6. mlv

    mlv Guest

    tallbloke asked:
    Yes, it is an all-alloy 350cc engine and it runs well.

    The whole bike has been restored to a reasonable standard, although I don't
    think the tank paintwork is entirely correct for the year (1962). The forks
    are also shot (bottomed out with no dampening) and the speedo doesn't work
    (it's road-legal).

    The bike seems quite expensive at 3,450UKP.
    mlv, Jun 15, 2005
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    tallbloke Guest

    Well it's elegible for pre '65 trials. The speedo can be service exchanged
    for 70ukp, and teledraulic forks are basically good kit and should be
    rebuildable without too much expense.
    That's the rarity of all alloy engines for you, but at that money, you
    could buy one from a member of the Matchless/Ajs owners club with better
    provenance and a better warranty I reckon.

    Personally, I'd go for a 500 iron barrel (alloy would be nice but the
    price is high for real world road use, the extra grunt comes in handy in
    modern traffic and up hills, though the top speed isn't much different.
    tallbloke, Jun 15, 2005
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