Revealed: Matchless Model X Reloaded

Official images of first Matchless since 1966

THESE are the first official images of the new bike from historic British marque Matchless, due to be properly unveiled in November.

The renderings show the Model X Reloaded, named after the classic Matchless Model X launched in 1929.

Detailed specs are thin on the ground. The frame material, for example, is described in a press release as ‘multiple sheet metal’.

But we do know the Model X Reloaded has a 1916cc S&S V-twin engine expected to make around 100hp and 116lbft.

The front brake, which appears to be a single disc, has no less than 12 pistons while the rear has six.

There are two sets of rider pegs with dual controls, allowing either feet-forward or a more sporty upright riding position.

The seat height is adjustable from 740 to 800mm. Handlebars are also adjustable for height and tilt.

The frame – whatever it’s made of – also acts as an oil reservoir.

Price is yet to be announced.

Matchless motorcycles were originally produced from 1899 to 1966, making it one of the oldest British motorcycle marques.

Design drawings of the Model X were revealed by Visordown in May.

The design is by Italian Franco Malenotti, who revived Belstaff as a fashion label before buying rights to the Matchless name in 2012.

His son, Michele Malenotti, has said the revived Matchless marque will make bikes in the UK.

The project has collaborated with the family of Henry Collier, the original founder of the marque, 'to understand and comply with the spirit and tradition of Matchless'.

So far all we've seen from the reborn Matchless brand is an expensive range of fashion clothes fronted by Kate Moss.

That’s set to change at the EICMA Milan motorcycle show in November, when the Model X Reloaded is unveiled. 

Matchless’ release said: ‘It is precisely on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Cycle and Motorcycle show of Milan that Matchless marks its 115th anniversary by presenting the "Model X Reloaded," a design inspired by the legendary "Model X" originally produced over 80 years ago.’