After getting my license at 18 years old I bought my first motorcycle, a chopped 1954 Matchless G3LS. The man I bought it from gave me a free, though second hand, helmet, because I didn't have one myself - it was not compulsory in those days. I think it was because he didn't trust the bike. When I got home I had lost several parts among which the lid of the float chamber. But after refurbishing those parts and checking all the other nuts and bolts the bike was great fun.
After or during this bike I had a fifties 500 AJS and a dito Matchless.
After those Brit bikes I bought from a friend a 1945 Indian 741B war machine. With that bike I made my 'Grand Tour' to Italy. It was a 500cc v-twin engine with 3 hand shift gears on the right, left-hand throttle, foot clutch, girder forks and a hard tail in millitary trim. It was used during WWII by among others the Canadian forces which liberated a large part of the Netherlands, but just at the end of it and that probably is why it was in such good shape. After a while I could buy a second one which I alternately road with only one registration, changing the plates. After I got married I sold these two Indians for far too little money - nowadays the two would be ten times the amount I got. Sounds familiar?
After that a pause of 15 years after being hit by a car.
Then a car hit me again while riding a bicycle. I thought, when I get accidents on my bicycle a motorcycle would be the same or better and so the Enfields... after an unsuccessfull search for a second hand Matchless for a reasonably price ...