Matchless G50

Buyers Guide


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1961 Matchless G50 specifications

Type: Air-cooled SOHC single

Capacity: 496cc (500cc)

Bore & Stroke: 90mm x 78mm

BHP: 51 @ 7200rpm

Transmission: 4-speed, multi-plate

Brakes: Information pending

Wheels: 19-inch front and rear

Electrics: 6-volt, magdyno

Forks: Telescopic

Rear suspension: Swinging arm,
twin shock absorbers/dampers

Weight: 320lbs (variously quoted at 290lbs

Maximum speed: 135mph


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