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    Silver Hawk

    I saw this bike the other day, thought you maybe interested, it is an early 1930s Matchless Silver Hawk V4,

    #2
    Photos? Links? I wanna see it!

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      #3
      IMG_20210907_103333.jpg IMG_20210907_103349 (1).jpg sorry about that, thought I had put the pictures on

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        #4
        Absolutely awesome!!
        Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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          #5
          What an old beauty! I wish could buy this beast.

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            #6
            I am still trying to visualize how and where they had gears to turn the crank output 90 degrees. Or did they? I guess that makes a case for more research on this model.

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              #7
              So sweet

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                #8
                It is the same configuration as the triumph parked next to it, the crank running across the frame, a narrow v4 running on one crank

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                  #9
                  Yes, now I get it. A long stroke and 28 degree V four. But just like the early Ariel Square Fours, it did not breathe very efficiently. But 80 mph in England in 1931 was adequate.

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                    #10
                    After consulting my copy of Vic Willoughby's Classic Motorcycles, I understand some interesting parallels between the Matchless Silver Hawk (1930-35) and the Honda Hawk GT650 (1988-1991). Both were innovative and made to a high standard of quality. Both were expensive. In 1931, the 600 cc Silver Hawk had rear springing and a flexible V-4 engine. Granted, the V-4 was very complex and took a good mechanic to adjust the cam drive gears, while rebuilding the lower end was a real challenge. The world wide depression was in full swing. As Willoughby said, "...there are more customers for cheap performance than there are for expensive refinement."

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