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Matchless G5 as a trials base anyone

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Theres is a Matchless G5 for sale locally, the erm 'lightweight' series....

Anyone trialed one, or even know anything about them? I could just use it as a roadbike if it's a complete non-starter...in the trials sense. Bit of a curio thing, pudding basin, goggles , white scarf 'n glass of milk.

1960 350cc single....the fake unit engine one;)...you know, the one with big bulbous engine cases...similar (same as, bar name tags!) AJS model 8. Or a G2 250cc with 350 AJS 8 engine if you wish.

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Yup, and a backhoe on the rear end, there's a lot of tin work to hack off it for sure...should lighten it by half a ton....not sure where the other half would from come though?

But it has a certain charm, there are few things to wonder and enthuse over. For example, I like the rubber pads on the tank, to stop me bashing my legs when I fall off, that is forward thinking, even Beta REVS don't have this cutting edge safety feature.

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The works did try to trial one, with Hugh Viney at the helm, it lasted a couple of attempts, then they gave up - the prime difficulty apparently being trying to sort the gears into a 'triallable' cluster - Viney swopped on to a Fanny-B painted in James colours.

 

Looks a tidy rideable bike - but not on the rough......................

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For a late '50s / early '60s street bike I think that looks good, certainly more attractive of some of the other efforts of the time ... the chain cover is a nice addition :)

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If you look at Barry Pickard`s videos on youtube there is occasionally one of these to be seen trialing. Not brilliant but not crap either.

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