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Matchless is one of the oldest marques of British motorcycles with the first models manufactured at the start of the 20th century. Produced in Plumstead, London from 1899 to 1966, a wide range of models were produced under the Matchless name ranging from small two-strokes to 750 cc four-stroke twins. Matchless had a long history of racing success and a Matchless ridden by Charlie Collier won the first single cylinder race in the first Isle of Man TT in 1907.[1]

In 1938 both Matchless and AJS became part of Associated Motorcycles (AMC), both companies producing models under their own marques. During the amalgamations that occurred in the British motorcycle industry in the 1960s, the Matchless four-stroke twin was replaced with the Norton twin ending a long history of independent production. By 1967, the Matchless singles had ceased production.[2]


The first Matchless motorcycle was made in 1899, and manufacture began in 1901. Matchless was the trading name of Collier & Sons, the father Henry Herbert Collier and his sons Charlie and Harry. The Matchless tank badge was a winged "M". Like many motorcycle manufacturers of the time they had started as bicycle manufacturers. They produced a JAP V-twin powered bike in 1905 which had one of the earliest swing-arm rear suspensions, coupled with leading-link front forks. Charlie won the inaugural TT singles race in 1907 with an average speed of 38.21 mph and a time of 4 hours 8 minutes 8 seconds. Harry did not finish in 1907, but won in 1909, and Charlie won again in 1910, bringing Matchless motorcycles to the attention of the public. Matchless made mostly singles, but they also made V-twins from 496 cc to 998 cc. They made their own engines from 1912 on.

Matchless was not given a contract to make motorcycles for the army during the First World War. Peacetime production resumed in 1919, concentrating at first on V-twins for sidecar use, leaving singles until 1923. In 1926 Henry Collier died, and by 1928 Matchless was a limited company. In 1930 they launched a narrow-angle 400 cc V-twin called the Silver Arrow, designed by Charlie. The Silver Arrow was a side valve v-twin with 54 x 86mm dimensions and 394cc. The two cylinders were set at 26 degrees within a single casting under a single head. The result looked odd, rather like a single that was too long, and with the exhaust emerging from the manifold at its right corner and the carburettor in the middle of the block on the left, the odd appearance was accentuated,[3] and in 1931 they launched an (advanced for the time) 593 cc V-four, the Silver Hawk.[4] The Hawk was designed by youngest brother Bert, who was now active in the company, and he was responsible for design right up to the War.[5]

In 1931 Matchless bought AJS from the Stevens brothers. Matchless bought Sunbeam in the late thirties, but Sunbeam was sold to BSA in 1943.

After that the only "true" AJS models, as far as AJS enthusiasts were concerned, were the racing 7Rs, Porcupines and the pre-war AJS Four. The shared models were considered by some AJS fans to be only badge engineered Matchless models. In 1935 the Matchless/AJS hairpin valve springs made their first appearance. Matchless supplied engines for the V-twin versions of the Morgan three-wheeler from 1933 until Morgan production was halted by the outbreak of World War II in 1939. From 1935 on they were Morgan’s exclusive supplier of V-twin engines. A dozen surviving unused engines were still in storage at the Morgan works in 1946 and were used to build a final batch of V-Twin trikes for a Morgan dealer in Australia. Matchless also supplied engines after 1935 to 1940 to the Brough Superior works. These engines were made to the specifications of Brough Superior and are not identical to similar engines used in Matchless motorcycles. The Brough Superior engines used a fork and blade rod configuration, cams ground to different specification, and larger ports in the cylinders or heads.

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Cherry Coal Mine Scene Nov 20th

Cherry Coal Mine Scene Nov 20th

A ten-wheeler of the C.M. & ST. P. RR in Cherry IL at the site of the famous coal mine disaster which happened on Nov 13th 1909. The date this photo was taken was Nov 20th on a Saturday. At this time the miners trapped below (280) were all assumed dead. But the following day twenty one survivors were found. They were called the "eight-day men" because of the length of time they spent down in the dark, smoke-filled mine. They survived barely by barricading them selves in with mounds of dirt and rock.

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LOUD Superbike Reactions By Students in INDIA – Nagpur

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1) Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R – Akrapovic Exhaust(Green)
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4) Suzuki GSXR1000 Special Edition – Racefit Exhaust
5) Merc. SLK55 AMG Brabus Edition
6)Harley Davidson- Black beast.
7)Ducati 848- Red,Cream White… (Burnout).

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Matchless Racing Motorcycle

Matchless Racing Motorcycle

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Top 10 Vintage Motorcycles

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TOP 10 | Exhaust Sounds | Motorbike Racing Machines *FEATURING SOME RARE BIKES*

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DEADLY WOMEN | Murder Of Innocence | S6E6

Theresa Riggi’s lack of trust in others leads her to isolate her children from society and have complete control over them. Furious at this, her husband gets four-hour visitations every week upon divorcing her and when he tries to apply for full custody, she stabs all three children and makes an unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide.

Elise Ledvina is known in Milwaukee as a caring Catholic mother who values setting a good example, but secretly battles with intense delusions due to schizophrenia. Convinced she’s a bad mother and that this world was a bad place for her two sons, the voices in her head drive her to bludgeon them with a baseball bat; her elder son is saved due to his father’s intervention, but the younger son dies. She is acquitted by reason of insanity.

Young Philadelphia housewife Marie Noe never really wanted children, unlike her devoted husband Arthur, and is unable to emotionally cope with the stresses of motherhood. Over two decades, she gives birth to ten children and two of them are stillborn, but none of the surviving children live long as she smothers them when they’re alone. She isn’t caught until 50 years after the first murder.

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