Matchless is back!
I’ve hardly seen many Matchless motorcycles in my life but by listening to the old timers, one thing is for sure, Matchless surely was one iconic British bike builder with many different kind of motorcycles in their product portfolio. The company built a range of motorcycles ranging from small two-strokes to 750cc four-stroke twins. The company started operations 1899 in Plumstead, London and ceded operations in 1966, mostly because it couldn’t keep with modern Japanese bikes in terms of sales, technology and reliability.
However, this legendary marque is now back with what they call the Model X Reloaded. The original Model X was launched way back in 1929 and this latest iteration will celebrate the 115th anniversary of the original Model X.
The only thing that is confirmed as of now is that the Model X Reloaded will be powered by an X-Wedge V-twin engine displacing 1,916cc and boasts a frame that doubles as an oil reservoir and a crazy front braking system with a 12-piston brake calliper, yes, 12!
The design is by Italian Franco Malenotti and the project has collaborated with the family of Henry Collier, the original founder of the marque. The motorcycles will also be built in the UK.
In terms of looks, all we have for now are these rendered images and the motorcycle will be officially unveiled at the EICMA Show in November. Till then let us celebrate the return of British motorcycling with Ariel too announcing a brand new motorcycle earlier this year.