Tag Archives: AJS

Matchless Rickman Metisse G50

I’ve always had a soft spot for Matchless (and AJS) motorcycles. And if I had a spare US$40,000 kicking around, I’d pop over to New Zealand and bid for this one in the Webb’s Auction of Classic Motorcycles. It’s a G50, a 500cc development of the 350cc AJS 7R, and with less than 200 examples

Heiwa MC

There are literally hundreds of custom motorcycle builders in Japan. They flourish in a climate created by the stringent taxation of new motorcycles, plus the relentless desire of riders for customization and one-upmanship. Over the years, a small handful of shops have risen to the top of the premier league, and one of those outfits

1949 AJS 18

There’s something to be said for a simple, classic British thumper, and they don’t get much simpler than this. It’s a 1949 AJS 18, sent in by Vincent from the Southsiders MC. The 498cc four-stroke thumper was one of the last big-selling British singles before the industry turned to twins, but the AJS 18 was

Colin Seeley Triley

Between 1961 and 1967, Colin Seeley was one of Britain’s top sidecar racers. But he’s better known for the motorcycles he developed after retiring, mostly powered by AJS and Matchless engines. If you didn’t have a factory ride, a Seeley bike was the next best thing. The machine here is a ‘Triley’: a Triumph 6T

Falcon Motorcycles

One of the more interesting US custom builders is Falcon Motorcycles. This embryonic company has already established its credentials: it won the ‘Best Custom’ trophy at the Legend of the Motorcycle Concours last year. And now it’s announced a series of ten custom British motorcycles, named after varieties of the genus Falco. These bikes will

Matchless G80 special

This lovely Matchless G80CS from the early 1950s belongs to Sylvain Coste in France. It doesn’t actually exist any more—the engine has been transplanted into a Seeley Mk III frame, and the rest of the motorcycle has been dismantled. The engine is a 680 cc special built by the French ‘Mr Matchless’, Jean-Paul Altayrac. In