This will take you back to the days of low power, wobbly chassis, and dodgy brakes. Of course Frank Melling’s Walmsley Matchless G.50, while only wringing a little less than 50bhp from the massive single piston thumper, actually handles beautifully – and brakes rather well too.
If you fancy a cheap(ish) way in to racing, you could do a lot worse than to consider the classic scene. It’s awash with genuinely nice people, there’s a glut of great bikes out there ready to go (from as little £2,500 for something worth racing), and you can take it as seriously as you want to. A G.50 will set you back quite a wedge though. Put it this way, an ex-WSB or BSB bike will cost you half as much. (If you don’t know what a G.50 is – have a read of this.)
Frank runs the world-famous Thundersprint, which Fast Bikes attends every year, and the Thunderfest too – which is in a couple of week’s time at Darley Moor (18th September).
Big grins and the smell of Castrol R on the air… It’s like heaven, but closer.