Honouring ‘The Major’

The World War two-era Matchless G3 was an excellent bike for military use and soldiers loved them

LEFT: The Matchless fully restored and back on the road
ABOVE: The side stand makes the Matchless look casual, but menacing

Many of us will have had an experience where we thought we were buying one thing only to find out when we got it home it was something quite different. Usually, we end up being disappointed or demanding our money back.

Sometimes, however, we get more than we were expecting, and a good deal suddenly becomes a great deal. A few years ago, I was on the lookout for a motorcycle frame and forks to build a classic trials bike and I thought I had found the perfect one when I happened across a 1940 Matchless G3WO frame on an internet auction site.

I got chatting to the seller and he was quite happy to sell me the frame but added that he had some other bits too.

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