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Thoughts on lightweight singles, G2 and G5 #459232
10/17/12 11:59 pm
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I've often admired the Matchless G2 Monitor and G5 CSR lightweight singles from 1958 to 1966. A good reference on values is http://www.nadaguides.com/Motorcycles/1966/Matchless

What is the general opinion of these bikes? I know they're not truly unit engines. Are they difficult to maintain? I imagine parts are more sparse than for my Triumph T100S, but the jampot groups seem to have parts available for some models.

The owner's manual seems straightforward, http://archives.jampot.dk/Book/Owners_manuals/=M=_LW_G2_G2CS_G5_Owners_Manual.pdf

Are Boyer or other electronic ignition systems available for these bikes?

I believe the G5 model is rarer, which is a shame, though the 250cc G2 is likely a less stressed motor.

Last edited by Matthew in TO; 10/18/12 12:12 am.

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Re: Thoughts on lightweight singles, G2 and G5 [Re: Matthew in TO] #459234
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Re: Thoughts on lightweight singles, G2 and G5 [Re: Matthew in TO] #459237
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Last edited by Matthew in TO; 10/18/12 1:05 am.

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Re: Thoughts on lightweight singles, G2 and G5 [Re: Matthew in TO] #460122
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Like the caption says "Lovely little bikes". I was no end of impressed with the AJS singles like that, that we rode with in England ....

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Re: Thoughts on lightweight singles, G2 and G5 [Re: Matthew in TO] #460786
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Thye've been a bit unloved in the past, from a 'historic' perspective, though seem to becoming more popular now Prices are very reasonable and psares seem readily obtainable for the 250 and 350 -I was recently offered a 350 in pieces in a box and said yes, so did some research. the bike has never materialised, but you never know.

My father had one as a rebuild prospect 25 years ago, though it went on its way with nothing done other than getting it running, which it seemed to do quite well - they are lighter and the engine design is somewhat more forward thinking..


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