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Matchless G12 CSR
No: 1653   Contributor: John Southall   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: Matchless   Country: United Kingdom
Matchless G12 CSR

18/10/2011. The Sammy Miller Motorbike Museum.

1961 Matchless G12 CSR.
650cc Sports Twin.
4 Speed
Siamese exhaust system.
Picture added on 03 November 2011 at 08:14
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Sammy Miller Motorbike Museum, United Kingdom
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This Matchless belonged to my brother. He bought it new from Giffords in Basingstoke and paid in the region of £300 for it. At one stage it had a black tank and 'ape hangers'. It was restored to it's original condition with 12 volt electrics by Ernie Merryweather from Raunds in Northamptonshire. I think Mr Merryweather was secretary for the AMC Magazine. David rode it a few times after restoration but never really got to grips with the brakes or lack of. Brake shoes activiated by a cable and lever after becoming used to discs and a servo caused a few problems. I recall many years ago having been to scramble at Beaulieu and riding pillion returning to Basingstoke via the A30 and Kempshott Hill. Long downhill stretch into Basingstoke. Quite fast tremendous vibration on the pillion seat but a fantastic bark from the exhaust. This bike was his pride and joy and was treasured by him. Sadly he died in 2010 in his mid sixties. His bike ended up with Sammy Miller because his wife knew that he would want it preserved for posterity in the condition it was when he died. I have been to see it and if you are or have been interested in motorcycles I can thoroughly recommend the museum. There are some very unusual motorcycles there including a two stroke Triumph Tiger cub.

Added by Roger Macklin on 18 December 2012.
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