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3trumpets
07-20-2012, 4:40 PM
just scooped a barn find. no gas tank or markings, no title. web search shows either a Norton or Matchelss. dude said it was his Dad's Norton. S/N on the case is G15 CSR119XXX
frame number on lower left near swing arm is 029XXX and is cast in high, not stamped.
can any brothers out there help me figure out what this is? Oh yeah, it's butt ugly! THX

Torch
07-20-2012, 7:26 PM
it's a Matchless and a cool bike.

crush1776
07-20-2012, 9:50 PM
Diamond in the rough! Looks like extended forks on the front eh? What are your plans for it? Does it kick through?

TRUMPNUT
07-21-2012, 11:45 AM
Looks like either a 65 or late 64 It's a matchless with a norton atlas motor in it . Big problem with them is that the motor has to be removed to do a top end . I have owned several and really like them . I prefer the early G12 motor though even though it is not as good as the norton . Jion the AJS MAtchless owner group . It is the best way to get parts

3trumpets
07-22-2012, 7:19 AM
bought it because a buddy needs some Norton parts. yeah, extended forks. don't kick thru - not sure why yet. unloading this morning - wash, then squirt some loose juice around the plugs and let sit a few days. don't want to strip out spark plug holes in head! pull plugs later this week, peek into cylinders to see what's happening, maybe flood cylinders with Mystery Oil for a week or so if pistons stuck. not sure if part out, sell or resurrect...

3trumpets
07-22-2012, 7:19 AM
it's a Matchless and a cool bike.
any idea what year? thanks, man

3trumpets
07-22-2012, 7:25 AM
Looks like either a 65 or late 64 It's a matchless with a norton atlas motor in it . Big problem with them is that the motor has to be removed to do a top end . I have owned several and really like them . I prefer the early G12 motor though even though it is not as good as the norton . Jion the AJS MAtchless owner group . It is the best way to get parts
thanks for the info, Trumpnut. any idea what year it is? also, some net talk says US dealers swapped tank badges on these bikes, so with 60"s DSO/title rules, it could be either a Norton or Matchless. what do you know about this? appreciate the tip on the O.G. - bought the bike because a buddy needs some Norton parts. not sure yet on ultimate plans for it.

Torch
07-22-2012, 8:27 AM
any idea what year? thanks, man

looking at the frame wheels etc. I have to agree it looks mid 60's. the serial numbers will tell you more.

Arisaka
08-05-2013, 4:40 PM
I think these were sold as Matchless and Norton. Here's the Norton:
http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1461/6266009/23460839/392122435.jpg

And here's the Matchless:
http://classic-motorbikes.net/images/gallery/13030.jpg

Cool bike! How much will you take for it?

Torch
08-05-2013, 6:13 PM
and I also believe a Matchless G15 is a 750 c/c motor, here is one we have at the shop for sale.http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq294/A1dunn/032_zpsab0c305e.jpg

trophytr669
08-05-2013, 7:51 PM
Man that would be a fun project. If time and money were no object it would be mine.

Dominators
09-02-2013, 9:19 PM
The photo Torch put up is a real Matchless with a Matchless engine. The G15/N15 bikes were Matchless chassis with Norton engines stuck in them.

At the end of 1962 Norton's parent company AMC shut the factory down and started to make Nortons in the Matchless works. To cut costs and increase production they quit putting the more complicated Matchless twin engine in bikes and started throwing the Norton 750 Atlas engine into Matchless chassis and branding them either as Matchless G15s or Norton N15s simply by stamping numbers on them and throwing on the appropriate set of tank badges.

Nothing wrong with the bikes, but a real Matchless man would rather have one with a real Matchless engine, and a Norton man would rather have a Norton that was all Norton.

The G/N15 was sort of a bastard son so Berliner, the USA Distributor of Matchless/Norton would have more bikes to sell. In all 7000 or so of these hybrid bikes were sold from 1963 through 1969 including the P11 series which had a lighter frame taken from the Matchless G85 scrambler 500cc single.