A selection of mechanical ‘how to’ guides
Welcome to my mechanical ‘how to’ guide section of this website. I’ve put these guides together following various jobs that I’ve needed to do on my own 1951 Matchless G3LS over the past couple of years. These articles are based upon what I’ve been able to pick up from various owners manuals, service guides and of course the invaluable AJS & Matchless Owners Club forum. Whilst all of these sources have been incredibly useful, quite often I found that they weren’t completely explicit in telling the novice (me!) exactly what I needed to do and how best to go about it.
So I thought it might be useful to put together a collection of idiot-proof guides to some common tasks with lots of photos and which take you through step-by-step. Sometimes these may perhaps be stating the obvious to the experienced classic bike owner, but when it’s your first time and your learning (and desperate not to do something wrong and ruin your new pride and joy!) then for me, a step-by-step, hold-your-hand guide would be rather useful. I hope you’ll think so too!
For ease of navigation I have split these mechanical articles into a series of topic areas which are described below. Click on the section you’re interested in and the list of available articles will then be previewed. You can also use the list the drop-down menu at the top of the page to navigate directly to the sections articles.
This selection of articles focusses on identifying your Matchless motorcycle and checking the details against those shown on your registration paperwork, including:
Ignition and spark plugs
This section is all about the ignition system of your motorbike, and in particular the all important spark plug. It covers the following topics:
Engine and gearbox
In this section we focus upon the Matchless engine and Burman gearbox and clutch of your classic motorcycle. It covers the following topic areas:
Fuel and carburation
This selection of how to guides is all about the fuel system of your motorbike including the petrol taps, filters and carburettor. The articles include:
Every Matchless owner should of course have a copy of the original factory ‘Maintenance Manual and Instruction Book’ for their motorcycle. This section offers:
Spare parts lists
Along side the original owners manual, a copy of the correct factory spares list for the exact year and model of your Matchless bike is also invaluable: