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1961 Matchless G12 CSR (650 twin)

1961 Matchless G12 CSR

Up for sale is my 1961 Matchless G12 CSR (650cc twin), which I bought nearly 3 years ago from Kettering Classics, having only had 2 previous owners in the last 60 years! Indeed I was informed that it was used regularly up until it was ridden over to Kettering Classics for sale by the then owner.

Since purchase I have slowly been through the bike recommissioning and refurbishing elements as I go, but wherever possible I have kept the original parts where they were in good condition. So this is has not been a restoration, but more a tidy up and refresh of what was already a good bike and keeping the bike largely in unrestored condition. The end result is a very presentable machine.

Works undertaken include:

· Top end rebuild with new piston rings & gaskets (bores/pistons currently on +40 thou and all good).

· Barrels repainted.

· New semi-western handlebars (i.e. as per the export models) with all new controls (Doherty style levers) including new period looking switchgear for indicators, lights and horn. I still have the original bars and control levers etc. I also have bar end mirrors (not currently fitted) that will come with the bike.

· All new control cables throughout.

· Indicators fitted (classic style from Paul Goff).

· Wiring tidied up with new connectors.

· New solid state Regulator/Rectifier (from Paul Goff).

· New Motobatt battery (MB5.5U – 7.0AH)

· New Rob Swift easi-lift centre stand fitted.

· Clutch overhauled with new clutch plates and rubbers.

· New gauze & felt oil filter.

· New front brake shoes.

· Carburettor overhauled (new jets & gaskets).

· New ethanol resistant fuel lines with glass fuel filter.

· Recovered seat with new gel padding on the original base carried out by Nostalgia Upholstery (I still have the original cover).

· New megaphone style silencer (again I have kept the original silencer, which will come with the bike).

· New foot rest and other rubbers.

· New front mudguard fixings and stays repainted.

The bike has 12V electrics with alternator and magneto ignition. It also benefits from alloy rims front & rear (Morad & Borrani). The tank is all original paint and as such has a few chips on the top from use. The mileage on the speedo currently reads 48,881.

So if you are after a largely original and unrestored but very presentable Matchless G12 CRS then this one is worth a look. Only been ridden a couple of times since finishing it, so still needs fine tuning.

The bike will come with a lot of the original bits (e.g. handlebars, controls, silencer etc) plus other bits such as a full engine gaskets set, primary chain case gasket etc.

The reason for sale is because I am not getting the use out of it I expected and have decided that a classic car is probably better for us than a classic bike.

For more info please message me or contact me on 01953 887326.

Item specifics

An item that has been previously used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitionsopens in a new window or tab
Seller notes
“Largely original and unrestored example with only 2 previous owners.”
Previous owners (excl. current)
Drive Type
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Kick start