Matchless Motorcycles

Harris Matchless Motorcycles

Newton Abbot, Devon.

The Matchless name returned to the market in 1987 through Les Harris of LF Harris International Ltd. The firm also built the Triumph Bonneville after the close of Meriden. This new, classically styled machine was the G80 and used a four-valve Austrian Rotax engine. Although the frame was British, many other parts were Italian and considered state-of-the-art - it ran Grimeca hubs, Brembo discs and Paioli forks.

1990 Sales were slow, so the motorcycles were produced for special order only.

1993 Production ceased. 860 Matchless machines were built, of which 350 were electric start. They were exported to Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.

Sources: Graces Guide

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