Despite a fanatically loyal American customer base, Norton missed out on the cult niche occupied by Harley-Davidson and so found itself competing with unit-construction, overhead-cam, four-cylinder products from Honda and Kawasaki.
Even worse, riders were starting to object to kick-start bikes. What would the dastardly Japanese come up with next?
A drive chain was developed to replace the belt drive and although production was delayed by the First World War the Model 16 as it became known gained a Sturmey Archer gearbox and had a racing heritage that included 21 world records.
He was unplaced but the following year the motorcycle had been improved and won the Brooklands TT and set three world records.Matchless is one of the oldest marques of British motorcycles, manufactured in Plumstead, London, between 18.A wide range of models were produced under the Matchless name, ranging from small two-strokes to 750 cc four-stroke twins.Despite its initial racing successes, the 16H was considered the "poor mans Norton" and never gained the superlative descriptions popular for the Norton racing machines.A 16H was first offered for military evaluation in 1932, together with a Norton Model 18 and a Norton Model 19.