1960 Matchless G12 De-Luxe Motorcycles
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1960 Matchless G12 De-Luxe MotorcyclesManufacturer:
Date of 1st Registration:
01 Jan 1960
Kick startIt is mostly true to describe it as unrestored but I would guess that some parts , eg tank & front mudguard have been repainted at some time.Starting is spot on first kick everytime! The engine sounds good with no smoking and nice free-revving feel.Handling is spot on, it feels really steady, steers well and brakes reasonable well. The charging system is working well and the lights are good.The Smith's Chronometric 120mph speedo is in good working order. It shows a recorded mileage of 33,000 and whilst I have no evidience to back it up, judging by the general condition of the bike it is a plausible reading. There are 8 old MOTs which back up this mileage.The AMC gearbox and clutch are silky smooth as usual and the bike is easy to start, easy to ride and very comfortable. It is quickly up to 60mph with no bother. Period road tests report an estimated top speed of around 90mph but I feel that going over 60mph is unnecessary! If you need that kind of performance much better to go for a modern bike.This is the ideal beefy torquey twin for riding around the leafy lanes this summer. Those Matchless megaphone silencers make a lovely and unique burbling noise.The bike has a V5C registration document, reg DSL 191 (cannot be transferred to another vehicle)There is a full MOT until June 2009 and historic class (free) road tax disc valid until 31-05-09.Frame number is A73972Engine number 60/G12LX 3030These numbers match the V5C document.Cosmetically this bike is extremely good for it's age. It is clean tidy and presentable. Excellent chrome Dunlop original rims, good exhaust system (although there is a very small repair on the near-side silencer).The major areas of chrome like the tank panels are good but some of the smaller items like fork top nuts & control levers have dulled with age. Fork sliders look to be stainless replacements.