X Files :
Tyres: 3.25 x 19 in front, 4.00 x 19 in rear, wired edge
Frame:Brazed-lug duplex tubular cradle, unsprung at rear
Front forks: Central spring girders
Brakes: Drums, 8 in diameter front and rear
Wheelbase: 57 inch
Manufacturer:Matchless Motor Cycles (Colliers) Ltd, 44/45 Plumstead Road, London SE 18
However (as George Brough was aware), there were plenty of enthusiasts around who rather liked the idea of a big 'thousand', ridden solo, so at the end of the 1936 season the Model X was revamped and given the catalogue name of Sports Tourist, with a new shorter-wheelbase frame which put the machine on a par with a 500 cc single, as regards roadholding and steering.
Performance of the 990 cc engine was described as 'delightful', and it would accelerate hard in top gear without any trace of snatch from as low as 20 mph. Not really a speedster it would not be expected of a side-valve, anyway - it would clock up just over 80 mph, and reach 70 mph from a standing start in a quarter of a mile. Particular note was made of the prop-stand, which flew up immediately the bike was brought back to the vertical, a feature which is now compulsory on bikes sold in the USA.