It was a while ago, but back in 2012, we told you Matchless was coming back into business after more than 40 decades of dormancy. Now, they’re about to unveil their new retro-styled roadster at EICMA next week.
Called the Model X, the new bike is (as predicted) a throwback to the company’s classic G80, Silver Hawk, and Silver Arrow motorcycles, at least in the styling department. That 1916 cc V-twin motor (from S&S) probably puts out a few more horses than those originals, though.
The new bike seems to be designed to fit a wide variety of riders and riding styles; there are two sets of foot controls, so riders can switch from standard placement to a feet-forward position. The handlebars are also highly adjustable, and the dual headlights can be reconfigured to fit changing road and weather conditions. The fishtail pipes and other chrome 1950s-styled bits, however, do not seem to be adjustable – buy this bike, and you’ll be stuck looking like an extra from The Wild One.