Acebars wrote:acotrel wrote:I rode plenty of old AJS/Matchless singles when I was a kid. We used to give them a good thrashing on public roads long before speed cameras were invented. They handled like a bag of shit - worse than a pre-unit Triumph, and much worse than a featherbed dommie. A BSA single or twin with the post 1954 frame was a much better deal as long as you threw the fork yokes away and fitted the ones from the unit construction Triumph 650 (about 1963 model). AJS/Matchless fixed at lot of their problems in about 1963, anything in their road bikes between WW2 and then, is rubbish.
Out of interest. Did you ever try a G12 or G15 framed bike? Believe they came in 1960 as a full cradle frame..
Only ever rode the old style frame with the alloy block holding the swing arm. I know a lot of the post 60 AMC bikes were a lot better. The 650 CSR twin was excellent, and I love the singles from about 1963. I saw two at Bathurst in about that year and they were to die for. There should still be some around, there were not eligible for Period 3 historics, however I saw a motor in the back of a ute at one race meeting. I believe those models had the G50 pressed up bottom end.