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Harris Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marques

There are two businesses named Harris, each involving different men with the name of Les Harris.

1) The brothers Steve and Lester Harris formed Harris Performance in Hertfork UK in the early 1970s and produced frame kits and complete motorcycles using Japanese, Italian and British engines.

Their web address is harris-performance.com

2) Les Harris established LF Harris International Ltd and was responsible for the Harris Triumph Bonneville of 1985, and also for the Harris Matchless of 1987, a 500cc single-cylinder Rotax-engined machine with Italian running gear including Grimeca hubs, Brembo discs and Paioli forks.

Some 1300 Bonneville Triumphs were produced at his Newton Abbot, Devon factory units, and 860 Matchless machines of which 350 were electric start. These were exported to countries including Australia and New Zealand.


Harris Motorcycles
In your entry on Harris Motorcycles you refer to two totally separate businesses. Harris Performance was founded by Steve and Lester (sometimes known as Les) Harris , but the Les Harris of Bonneville and Matchless G80 fame was Leslie Frederic Harris who founded LF Harris International Ltd. There is no connection between these two businesses, although many people mistakenly believe that the two Les Harris's are the same person! A search on Google for either person will quickly establish the right facts. I hope that this is of use to you.
Peterborough, UK
Thu Jun 17 2010
mail<AT>PeterWaddington.com




Mon Nov 14 2011
magnetoczar<at>yahoo.com
wiring diagram needed
Harris Matchless G80
I need a wiring diagram for my 88' Harris Matchless. Can anyone direst me where to get one? thanks,
Doug
New York


Sun Apr 17 2011
dpnz<at>hotmail dot com
Harris Bikes
Harris Bonneville
Do you have any info on the harris bike? Im doing some research for the website triumphbonneville.co.nz which is exclusively for the Harris model.

(The now defunct site stated  the Harris Bonneville was built from 1985 until about 1988 and that "there were 72 of them brought into NZ")


Wed Oct 21 2009
william.silver at gmail dot com
Harris G80 for sale in California
Matchless G80-Harris
New 1988 G80 Harris Matchless for sale in SoCal. Never started. Dual discs and electric starter.
San Diego, CA

Harris-Matchless-G80
Harris-Matchless-G80


Mon Aug 24 2009
vibvaagl at online.no
Harris alu frame
Yamaha 1984
I want information about this model.
Oslo, Norway


Sat Jun 06 2009
j.e.hettinga at hotmail dot com
Harris Matchless
Matchless G80 Harris
My side stand is buckled and I wonder if this side stand was also used on other bikes, so it wil be easier to find. The same for te centre stand witch is missing and the taillight en rear indicators, witch are not original
Noordwolde
Dutch

Harris-Matchless-G80-NL.jpg
Harris Matchless G80


Mon Mar 23 2009
johnwalton55 at talktalk.net
rotax 500
Harris Matchless 1989 G80 500CC
Hi,
silly question. Regarding the 600cc big bore kits. Can you tell from the outside of engine if a big bore kit is fitted? I do not know if any previous owner has fitted. Bike seems far too rapid for a 500!
Oxford, UK

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Harris Matchless G80 1989



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