This is probably wishful thinking more than anything else (in the hope that one day my collection of old bikes will be large enough to warrant such a page!), but I thought I’d make a list of my motorbikes past and present anyway. They are presented below in chronological order of when I bought them and you can click on the photo’s for more details on each particular bike.
Honda NSR125RK 125cc
My first motorcycle was a sporty little Honda NSR125RK that I had before I could afford a car when back at university. It was a great looking little bike, sort of like a mini Fireblade and pretty quick for a little 125cc two-stroker. When it went it went really well, but sadly it was off the road with electrical and mechanical problems for nearly as much time as it was running. From memory it was a H-reg 1990 model and I eventually sold it when I was given my first car. More details on this bike can be found here.
1951 Matchless G3LS 350cc
After a long break from the world of two-wheeled transport, I bought a 1951 Matchless G3LS 350cc single whilst living out in India to get back into biking. I was originally looking to buy an old Enfield Bullet and had never even heard of ‘Matchless’ at the time, but then I came across one for sale in original unrestored condition with some great patina and paintwork and fell in love with it. This bike is really what this website is all about so you’ll find lots of information and photos if you have a bit of a search around, especially in the blog. More details can also be found here.
1949 Matchless G3L 350cc
Whilst back in the UK recently I had the chance to by a 1949 Matchless G3L as a stable-mate for my original G3LS. This is a great looking bike which I’ve admired for a while after seeing some photo’s online, so when the opportunity to buy it came up recently I couldn’t. It’s a couple of years older than my other Matchless G3 and the main difference is that it’s a rigid frame model so no suspension at the back. Currently it’s in pieces part-way through a full restoration, so more details and photographs will follow shortly. The photograph shows how it looked before the previous owner started the restoration so you can see that it looked pretty good already. More details on this bike can be found here.
Well I think I’m going to have to earn a lot more brownie-points (not to mention find myself a suitable garage) before being allowed to buy any more bikes. However I’ve grown rather fond of The Matchless G3’s and it would be nice to get a couple more of different variants and vintages to see how the model changed over the many years it was in production. Maybe an earlier war-time model from the 1940’s, or perhaps a later model from the late 1950’s although I don’t think the revised toolbox / oiltank design looks as good as the original. I guess I shall just see what comes along…