Matchless G3 LS

"1954 model"

   

Make Model

Matchless G3 LS

Year

1954 and 1958

Engine

Single cylinder, four stroke, OHV

Capacity

348 cc / 21.2 cub in.

Bore x Stroke

69 x 93 mm

Cooling System

Air cooled

Compression Ratio

1954: 6.5:1

1958: 7.5:1

Lubrication

Dry sump

Oil Capacity

1954: 2.3 L / 4.9 US pints

1958: 2.8 L / 5.9 US pints

Exhaust

Single, chrome silencer

Fuel System

1954: Amal 76, 1-1/16 in.

1958: Amal Monobloc, 1-1/16 in.

Ignition 

1954: Magneto, Lucas dynamo

1958: Coil ignition, Lucas alternator

Battery

6V

Starting

Kick

Clutch

Wet, multi-plate

Transmission 

4-Speed

Final Drive

Chain

Maximum Power

1954: 11.8 kW / 16 hp @ 5600 rpm

1958: 13.0 kW / 19 hp @ 5750 rpm

Frame

Tubular cradle, single down tube

Front Suspension

Telescopic fork with hydraulic damping

Rear Suspension

1954: Swinging arm, AMC units

1958: Swinging arm, Girling units

Front Brakes

178 mm / 7 in. drum, sls

Rear Brakes

178 mm / 7 in. drum, sls

Wheels

Steel, laced wire spokes

Front Tyre

1954: 3.25 x 19 in.

1958: 3.60 x 19 in.

Rear Tyre

1954: 3.50 x 19 in.

1958: 3.25 x 19 in.

Wheelbase

1436 mm / 56.5 in.

Ground Clearance

1954: 165 mm / 6.5 in.

1958: 178 mm / 7.0 in.

Seat Height

800 mm / 31.5 in.

Wet Weight

179 kg / 395 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

17 L / 4.5 US gal

Average Consumption 

3.3 L/100 km / 30 km/l / 71 US mpg

Top Speed

121 km/h / 75 mph

Colours

Black

Review

Classic Bike, May 1991

   

"1958 model"