From their introduction, the competition machines carried on side by
side with the road bikes, looking very similar, but obviously their
improvements were aimed at speed and handling whilst at the same time
maintaining the reliability of the road machines.
As export markets grew, especially in North America, some models were
developed specifically for these markets - although some escaped onto
the home market. Many have since been re-imported to the UK shores, mainly
the CS with lights and the G80TCS 'Typhoon'. In its day, this latter model,
together with the G80CS, proved a success for desert racing and long
Built in an attempt to carry on the sporting image and promote these
totally new additions to the range, although probably the least successful
of any competition machinery built by the factory. In both trials and
scambles trim, these 'lightweights' were always too heavy and fragile to
stand the abuse involved in competition.
These competition models were produced from 1959 to 1962.