Matchless Technical Literature



Motorcycle Manuals & Technical Literature

Bruce Main-Smith has specialised in producing black and white photocopies for classic motorcycles.  The National Motorcycle Museum has made all of these sets available to purchase online.  We have made it easy to find what you are looking for.  All of the manuals are listed alphabetically by manufacturer.  The technical literature includes motorcycle Workshop Manuals, Illustrated Spare Parts Lists, Annual Sales Catalogues and Instruction books.


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Matchless Workshop Manuals

The Matchless Workshop Manual was compiled as a practical guide to enable mechanics and private owners to undertake overhauls and repairs.  In contrast to the orthodox service manual, in the Matchless Workshop Manual, the possible faults, engine noises and lubrication troubles are detailed.  This would enable the owner or mechanic to readily diagnose the source and cause of the trouble.

Most of the Matchless Workshop Manual include dismantling instructions which are step by step and concise, making them extremely user friendly.  The Workshop Manual is divided into sections that follow the order in which the motorcycle was assembled which makes the format logical and easy to follow regardless of user experience.


Matchless Instruction Manuals

The Matchless Instruction Manual features non-technical instructions for carrying out all of the maintenance operations likely to be called for when the motorcycle is in use.  The Matchless Instruction Manual features easy to understand diagrams to assist in the routine maintenance.   The Instruction Manual also includes all of the required operating instructions making it easy for even the novice motorcycle owner to get the most out of their Matchless motorcycle.

The National Motorcycle Museum has black and white photocopies of manuals from 1914 right through to 1980, browse our extensive selection of manuals available in our online shop.  The Matchless Instruction Manual when used in conjunction with the workshop manual and illustrated spare parts list, provide the motorcycle owner with a comprehensive technical library enabling them to carry out all required maintenance on their Matchless motorcycle.


Matchless Illustrated Spare Parts Lists

The Matchless Illustrated Spare Parts List is an invaluable document for any Matchless motorcycle owner.  Featuring lists of all parts broken down into the key areas detailing exact part numbers.  Some areas also include exploded diagram of all parts including part numbers.  The Matchless Illustrated Parts List when used in conjunction with the workshop manual can help with the diagnosis of problems and help avoid purchasing unnecessary parts.

The Matchless Illustrated Spare Parts list is available to purchase from the National Motorcycle Museum as black and white photocopy sets.


Matchless Sales Catalogues

Matchless Sales Catalogues allow the reader to learn more about the many different Matchless motorcycles manufactured over the years and to follow the evolution of the Matchless motorcycle.  Published annually, the Matchless Sales Catalogue featured the new models for that year including pictures, technical specifications and prices.


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