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1957 Matchless G80CS
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Description: Love this machine!  The Matchless and AJS are one of my all time favorites.

The Matchless G80 was a single cylinder 500cc British motorcycle built by Associated Motorcycles (AMC) between 1946 and 1966.  During the 1950s and 1960s, the main export product for AMC was the AJS and Matchless.  The bikes were very similar, often with only the badges distinguishing one marque from the other.   The earliest G80 is sometimes referred to as a G80L, the L signifying telescopic front forks, rather than girder forks and G80S with telescopic front forks and a swingarm rear suspension in 1949. The 500cc "long stroke" G80CS was produced from 1951 through 1955. In 1956 it was replaced by the shorter stroke, larger bore models that used the same numeric codes. The bore of these early G80CS's was 82.5mm, while the 1956 through 1966 “short stroke” (final version) models had a bore of 86mm. The C is for Competition (Scrambles) and the S for Suspension (not a rigid frame).

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Posted by: Bill Harris March 21, 2012, 09:28:15 PM

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