AJS & Matchless 500 Singles: out of the archive

If you’re looking for a traditional British single-cylinder classic motorcycle, then the AJS Model 18 and the Matchless G80 are charming old chuffers which cost considerably less than their Norton or Velocette equivalents… Honest, dependable and free of phoney pretensions, the big singles built by Associated Motor Cycles after WW2 neatly balance price and performance. The 497cc AJS Model 18…

Laverda SF750, Part Three

In previous episodes, Dave Minton has taken us through the development of Laverda’s 750 twin. Now he evaluates its attributes as a classic bike and offers expert advice if you’re thinking of buying one… To give Laverda credit, the SF series had gained no weight during the eight years of production, and a build and material quality superior to any…

Laverda SF750, Part Two

Last time, Dave Minton introduced us to Laverda’s 750 parallel twin. In the mid-1970s it got faster, lighter and more reliable… When initially launched the SF was popular enough that Laverda were unable to meet demand, so little was changed for the model’s second year. There was an option of a race-styled seat with a lockable box in its back-stop,…