There are many useful resources for owners of Matchless motorbikes out there on the web, providing of course you know where to look! Here are jsut some of the ones I have come across – please feel free to add your own using the comments box at the bottom of the page.
The AJS and Matchless Owners Club really is a must for the owner of any classic Matchless or AJS motorbike. There are various technical articles and how to guides there, and the wealth of knowledge and experience on the forum is vast. But then you probably already knew about that, didn’t you?
Unofficial Owner’s Club Yahoo Group
15 years strong and 1500 members all by word of mouth! The ‘unofficial’ Matchless and AJS owners club, completely free. List server with quick answers to Matchless and AJS questions. Visit:
The AJS and Matchless Archives (more commonly called “Christians Archives” or the “Jampot Archives”) is the biggest collection of technical information, manuals, pictures, illustrations and service guides for anything to do with Matchless or AJS motorbikes (and many other classic bikes of the same era too!). It can be a bit difficult to navigate at first, but persevere and if you will able to find a real treasure trove of information about your bike.
Jampot Spares is the parts service run by the AJS and Matchless owners club. Members of teh club get discount off the published rates.
I have restored a 1961 Matchless G12, currently street legal in Calif., am inquiring about joining Matchless Owners Club. Thanks.
Hi Rex. As well as the main (UK based) AJS and Matchless Owners Club, there is also a North American Section too. See here: http://www.ajsmoc.com/
Regards, James 🙂
15 years strong and 1500 members all by word of mouth! The ‘unofficial’ Matchless and AJS owners club, completely free. List server with quick answers to Matchless and AJS questions. See the link to the Yahoo group above.
Thanks Rick. I’ve added a link to the Yahoo group above (I’m sure I added that previously, so not sure where it disappeared to!). James 🙂
1956 g18 and 1961g12 csr just acquired ,,barn find!!of the road for 50 years
Hi James, thanks for all the information you have made available to all. I am currently in the process of rewriting my model 88 Norton Dominator and found your articles very beneficial in diagnosing why my generator was not maintaining my battery. ( I had upgraded the headlamp to halogen and also added indicators to the bike) I am looking forward to your upcoming info on this particular subject. Thanks in advance.
James, I recently purchased (2) of your taillight/stop lamp LED bulbs. Your site said these were for use in a positive or negative ground application. My british bike is positive ground. Unfortunately one of the bulbs only works in a negative ground situation, and the other bulb does not light at all. What can be done?
Hi Greg. Sorry to hear you’re having problems with the LED tail lamps. I’m a little confused as they do work with both negative and positive earth electrical systems, and I have just tested bulbs from the same batch as yours, just to be sure. Very strange! I’ve just sent you an email, so please reply back and we’ll see what we can do. Regards, James
Could you help me please. I am going to return back my girder fork (Matchless G3WO) as an original design on damper. So far I got the sketch for Ken at WD group but I could not get his email so I am trying ask to you. I plan to send the picture but don’t know how to attach here. Could you tell me how please ?
Ho Rofiq. Sorry, but I do not known Ken at the WD group and so have no idea how you might contact him. Regards, James
I bought a matchless with chassis n° 5818cs2900.
and motornumber 022270.
My problem is:I have no papers.
I want to know the year of production.
The type and the cc.
Sorry for my english.
I am investigating luggage racks for a 1948 rigid G3L specifically for corrugated dirt road use. does anyone have designs, comments advice?
Take a look at the forum on the UK “Jampot” owner’s club website. I’m sure this has been discussed at length in the past and that someone provided dimensions etc taken from an original set. Regards, James
Lovely picture of the timing disc being used – could I use that for a feature in Vintage & Classic Motorcycle (the VMCC journal)?