Seeley Classic Bikes
Former sidecar Grand Prix racer Colin
Seeley acquired rights to the Matchless G50 and AJS
7R singles in the late 1960s and developed both the
engine and a new chassis, producing the Seeley G50
Initially the engines were supplied
by AMC, however AMC quickly announced that they were
ceasing production of the powerplants. This presented
the fledgling Seeley operation with a serious problem
with regard to the supply of powerplants for the promising
machines. Colin's decision to purchase the AMC racing
department and manufacture his own engines was both
bold and farsighted and at a time when the British
motorcycle industry was imploding, would add an illustrious
chapter to it's history completely at odds with industry
With the supply of engines now secured
the Seeley concern entered a golden period with their
machines selling well. Production was soon concentrated
on the G50 powered example, one of which took Dave
Croxford to victory in the 1968 British Championship,
a feat he repeated the following season. 1968 had
also seen John Cooper secure a victory in the North
West 200 whilst 1969 saw Seeley G50's taking 3rd,4th
and 5th in the Senior TT and John Blanchard repeating
John Cooper's success at the North West 200.
These successes were followed by Tommy Robb securing
fourth place in the 1970 500cc World Championship,
an astonishing result for a privateer in the face
of competition from the likes of MV Agusta, which
also represented the high water mark for the G50 powered
machines as oriental two strokes became ever more
prevalent and competitive.
The growth in interest in Classic Racing
saw the Seeley G50, in replica form, emerge once again
as front runner, with a number of companies supplying
the components nessacary to produce a competive example.
This example, finished in silver, is described as
being in very good condition throughout having been
restored during 2007.
It was originally built during 1994
for French Champion Yves Biraud using a Titchmarsh
frame and Taberer engine as the basis. The engine
is equipped with a twin plug head and drive is taken
from the powerplant to a Quaife five speed gearbox
via a Newby belt drive and clutch.
Highly successful in classic racing
in recent years - and the Condor roadster. He also
developed many other frame kits and specials, including
a stylish cafe racer based on Honda's CB750 four.
||Seeley Mk 2 Matchless G50
Ceriani GP 35mm magnesium forks with
adjustable damping, Dick Hunt yokes,
Maxton adjustable rear units, Fontana
210mm 4ls front brake, Dick Hunt manx
rear wheel, TT industries magnesium
6 speed gearbox, NEB lightweight Clutch.
STD bore / stroke engine with NEB Lightweight
crank , NEB titanium con-rod, newby camshaft,
Cosworth piston,Nicaseal cylinder, , twin
plug head, interspan ignition, Krober
R/C, Gardner 41mm carb, special exhaust.
|1976 Seeley Honda
|1994 Seeley G50 Mk2 Replica
|2004 Seeley G50 Mk2 Beale Replica
This example was built by George
Beale during 2004 for the Scottish champion
Tim Miller. It is fitted with "high
power" 92mm Beale G50 engine fitted
with an Amal Concentric MK2 carburettor.
Drive is taken to the back wheel via
a six speed Quaife gearbox cluster housed
in a magnesium gearbox casing. The lightweight
frame is fitted with Ceriani forks and
a Fontana four leading shoe, 210 mm
front brake and a 180mm rear brake.
The fuel tank and seat unit are to George
Beale's own design.
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