AJS & Matchless Trials Singles

The manufacturers of AJS and Matchless (AMC) introduced their trials models with short-stroke motors with Matchless in 1962 (top) and AJS 1963 (lower). Photos: Associated Motor Cycles (AMC) advertising literature 1962/63 – Reproduced with the kind permission of Don Morley, Reigate
A Trials Guru special section dedicated to the AMC trials four-stroke single cylinder machines.




Trials Guru articles which include AJS or Matchless trials machines:


Article 1: ‘AJS – One That Got Away’ – HERE
Article 2: ‘187BLF – An historic AJS’ – HERE
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At the start of the 1964 SSDT at Edinburgh’s Gorgie Market, Rob Edwards on his 16C AJS that was to be updated to woks specification for the 1965 SSDT – Photo: Rob Edwards Private Collection

Article 3: ‘Rob Edward’s AJS 16C’ – HERE


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Mick Andrews on 644BLB at the Bemrose Trial in 1965 – Photo: Yoomee/John Hulme

Article 4: ‘644BLB – Rediscovered’ – HERE

More articles and information on the machines built in Plumstead, England will appear here over time.

Ex-factory Matchless G3LC photographed on ‘Laggan Locks’ – Photo: Trials Guru

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The 1960 Matchless sales catalogue showing the 347cc Matchless G3C model, later to be called the ‘Expert’ model – Associated Motorcycles

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A late model AJS 16C short stroke in action in 1966 at Congleton – Photo: Yoomee/John Hulme

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Gordon L. Jackson (left) with Trials Guru’s John Moffat at the Pre’65 Scottish Trial in 2002. Jackson rode this Matchless in the SSDT parade in 2000 – Photo: Don Morley, Reigate

Trials Guru’s John Moffat has had a soft spot for AMC single cylinder trials motorcycles from an early age. Seen here in 1999 riding his 1959 Matchless G3C at the Pre’65 Scottish Trial on Loch Eild Burn – Photo: Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven

One of the very last AJS 16C models to leave the Plumstead factory in 1964. Subsequently, there were some 16C models assembled from factory packed kits by Canterbury, Kent dealers, Arter Brothers in the same year – Photo: Trials Guru/J Moffat

Detail of the 1964 competition tank on one of the very last 16C AJS to be despatched from the factory. The tank is normally referred to as the ‘Gordon Jackson tank’ – Photo: Trials Guru/J Moffat



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