Matchless W.D. G3L Bar-None Replica

Matchless W.D G3L

Engine Matchless 350cc single 4-stroke overhead valve
Gearbox Burman  4 speed 
Rebuilt to represent a motorcycle of the Bar None Motorcycle Club

Bar None M.C.C.


Replica Bar-None MCC Badge

 Unofficial time trials in the desert with competitors (on occasions 150 at a time), using their W.D. motor cycles, led in May 1944 to a group of despatch riders and motorcycling enthusiasts deployed near Cairo deciding to form a forces motorcycle club with membership open to all ranks with “no-one barred” - hence the club name.
The Army saw these time trials as instructive training aids for despatch riders to improve their riding skills. With W.W.II reaching its conclusion, the Army top brass were actively encouraging the formation of formal clubs to occupy the many soldiers who could have found less appropriate ways of spending their spare time. The club spread all over the middle east and UK with members as far and wide as East Africa, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand.  

The original bikes used where salvaged W.D. motor cycles modified and adapted for use in trials, scrambles 
(now called motocross ) and grass/sand speedway events.

The original club badges were cast by R.E.M.E workshops in metal recovered from crashed  aircraft.

For more information on the history around the Bar-None M.C.C. and armed forces racing try the book
Warzone Speedway by Trevor Davis ISBN 978-0-9558624-0-3

More information about the Bar-None Motorcycle Club can be found by following the link  

Our motorcycles history.

        Word was passed to us by Geff of a Matchless WD G3/L which was incomplete and thought by Geff and Keith
        the owner to be only fit for spares. The bike was more a less as in the pictures below and we have started 
        with a lot less so for £200 was thought to be a bargain even in the mid 90s. 
        The bike remained pushed into the back of the garage and some parts where even borrowed to complete our 
        Matchless WO G-3 Christina . Following Ron's death in 2008 and the disposal of his bikes and parts stock
        Paul bought enough parts to form the basis of a Matchless based Bar-None replica. We followed his lead and 
        our bike was completed in the spring of 2009. 

Bike put together to see what bits where still missing 2001

Engine serial no I.D plate

Parts off to the shotblasters 2008.

Under construction 2009

               First public outing at Beaulieu Hampshire 2009

Top end overhaul 2016

Racing History at The Red Marley Hill Climb.

In the pits at The Red Marley Hillclimb  2010

For 2012 the Matchless will be trying the hill again
with Mike M at the controls.

Test ride by Mike in February 2012 confirmed clutch is slipping .

Bar none Matchless with Mike at the controls recorded a 
time off 44.69 seconds at the
 Red Marley Hill Climb 2012.
Back home awaiting a good clean April 2012

Mike had so much fun he purchased in September 2012
a 1949 A.J.S. 18M which is currently being restored with our help for the 
2013 Red Marley.

With Chas riding the bike was entered at Red Marley but due to the terrible conditions could not complete the course due to lack of grip, motocross tyre with slight size reduction has now been fitted for 2019  

Chas was once again in the saddle for the 2019 event.
With the more aggressive rear tyre and a massive reduction in the mud on the hill this year, 4 successful ascents were completed.
Unfortunately without  an official timing system in place this year he's not sure if his times are improving .    

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