Having Fun On A Matchless

Matchless one of the oldest British motorcycle brands (1899-1966) with a wide range of models and a long history of racing success. The one I feature in this post was born in 1960 as an off-road-only “Westerner” G80C model, and when Bill Oster put its hands on it the bike was close to a basket case with many missing parts. Bill didn’t try to do a show perfect restoration. He just wanted a reliable bike to go to work every day at Saddlemen, the well known motorcycle seat maker where he is an engineer. Reason why you can find on this Matchless some modern components (hand controls, switches, headlight, front wheel and brakes are from a Sportster) giving life to original ones. But does it matter when you have fun with your bike?


5 Responses to “Having Fun On A Matchless”

  1. 1 Malto67 Jan 14th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    It’s really cool to see some of these classics out there as daily drivers and not just collector pieces at shows. great story. Thanks.

  2. 2 Brenda Fox Jan 14th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Way to ride to work Bill!

    Come ride with us and other British bike fans the SoCal Norton group this Sunday.
    I’ll be riding a Commando 750 Roadster.
    Bring Seymour and tell him to look good if he wants to roll with us. lol…

  3. 3 Dave B. Jan 14th, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Very nice…

  4. 4 burnout Jan 19th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    sweeeeet! peace

  5. 5 David Jan 19th, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    You Rock Bill. Nice Job

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