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Matchless G15 Project

Matchless G15 Project

Postby dave M » Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:33 am

I have just been back to California and picked up the Project bike that I got through Raber's in March this year. I managed to strip the bike apart to assess what I have to work with and was pleased to find that it is still on standard crank grind and cylinder bores. It does need a complete restoration and there are quite a few parts missing, but it is a matching numbers bike and I already have a tank and battery/tool box which can be hard to source. I am looking forward to picking the brains of the N15/G15 owners and experts on this forum as I get further into the project.

I have the chance of buying some parts of an old 650 SS here in HK. The frame and other bits and pieces like the tank, seat instruments etc are long gone so perhaps I may be able to put what's left to good use in resurrecting this project.

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby davamb » Sun Sep 09, 2012 1:14 am

I am insanely jealous Dave. Pics soon?
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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby Rohan » Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:20 am

Indeed, pics ?

A 650 with short roadholder forks and featherbed fittings, and a 750 with long roadholders and Matchless frame aren't going to have a lot in common ?

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby dave M » Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:21 am

Gentlemen,

I have as always imposed on our dear leader L.A.B. to help me post the photos because I am an illiterate fool when it comes to anything to do with computers, so watch this space for something in due course.

Rohan, I'm hopeful that some gearbox and clutch parts as well as some engine bits and pieces might come in handy. Also I need a Norton front drum and sundry other common parts. I'm not quite sure how much of the 650SS is left, but it has sat outside in Hong Kong's very humid climate for years, parts were stolen off it and it was finally dismantled and the frame was sold to an Australian chap for a cafe racer project.


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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby Rohan » Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:01 pm

dave M wrote:Rohan, I'm hopeful that some gearbox and clutch parts as well as some engine bits and pieces might come in handy. Also I need a Norton front drum and sundry other common parts.


Fair enough, if the cost makes that feasible.

Good looking project, should keep you busy for a while.
Some decidedly exotic machinery in the background, good stuff !

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby BillT » Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:45 pm

Forget the Matchy, I'll take the Barchetta behind it!
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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby dave M » Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:56 pm

Quite right Bill, although it would be a tough choice to simply take one from this collection. I was in the Monterey area supporting one of my clients who was participating in the Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegance and other motoring events. Such were the reduced circumstances that I was obliged to dismantle the Matchless in!

I love the bike in your icon photo, if I can get mine anywhere near to that standard I will be very pleased.

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby davamb » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:35 pm

BillT wrote:Forget the Matchy, I'll take the Barchetta behind it!

Ho hum, just another Barchetta, yet beside it is a Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider if I'm not mistaken. Far more interesting!
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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby dave M » Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:20 pm

You are correct about the Lancia Dave, there is also a 1926 Rolls Phantom I, behind that a 1934 Rolls Phantom II, a 1933 Bugati type 57, a 1927 Alfa Romeo 6C, a Bentley Speed Six and a 1938 Lagonda 12cylinder.

I was priviledged to drive the 1934 Phantom II called The Star Of India in the Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance as part of this year's Maharaja class, Just another boring day at the office!

But this is all getting off the topic of G15's

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby davamb » Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:35 am

dave M wrote:You are correct about the Lancia Dave...But this is all getting off the topic of G15's


Sorry Dave, but I can't help myself. The Lancia would trump the rest of the collection combined in terms of technical sophistication and engineering excellence and is well worthy of being part in any discussion of things petrol powered. But this being a bike forum and all, I better shut up and content myself with the G15 story. If I'm ever over in HK though, I'll be begging for a drool opportunity!
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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby dave M » Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:54 am

Dave, These photos were all taken in California where these cars are kept and where I have left the Matchless. I go to the US a couple of times a year for my classic car business. Fixing classic cars such as these is how I make my living, but motorcycles are my passion.

I could however show you some interesting machinery if you ever come too HK.

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby dave M » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:28 pm

Rohan, I managed to get the 650SS parts for about $350 US. The parts are complete engine, gearbox and primary drive, 2 wheels (with Commando TLS brake plate) front forks and some other sundry items. Perhaps I should try to find a frame and build another 650 SS!

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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby cjandme » Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:50 am

Dave I have an old front drum that came in a box of parts from one of the bike I've purchased in the past. I was told that it's a P-11 front hub/drum from the PO and it seems to look like some that I've seen in pictures. If you think you might be intrested and you're not in a hurry for it let me know, (It's in Texas and I'm in Afghanistan at the moment, but that may change soon as it seems that our contract is going south ---so to speak). Cj
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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby dave M » Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:57 am

Thank you for the offer CJ, The P II's had a different front drum to this G15 which should have a standard Norton Drum with single leading shoe backing plate, I already have a drum and 2LS backing plate that came with the bits from the 650 that I bought recently.
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Re: Matchless G15 Project

Postby cjandme » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:45 am

Okey dokey ... That is some really nice iron in the pictures though. I guess business is good right. Are you on the kawloon side of HK?
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