Then one time I phoned & asked to speak to him. I was asked why & replied it was because I’d previously been told by the phone receptionist he was the expert on their Matchless bikes. Voice on the phone said: “I thought I was the expert”. I apologized for my error and asked who I was speaking to. “I’m Les Harris” came the answer, “and that phone receptionist is my wife!”.
Fortunately he then proceeded to chat about the bikes at considerable length & offered to let me open an account for parts! He even provided me with a stock list of what they had left over from building the bikes. Some items they had surprisingly large stocks of, other parts they only had a very few left (for example I know I bought the last 2 pairs of rear shocks).
For a couple of years I helped supply several owners with parts on a not-for-profit basis, including Frank W and other RC message board regulars. I also worked with the late Alun Rees, a talented engineer & fellow G80 owner, who made unavailable bits & upgraded parts. Together we sourced some parts from original suppliers that Harris didn’t have left and commissioned a special batch of 19T gearbox sprockets, something Les Harris said he regretted not fitting as standard. After I sold my 2 x G80s I passed my remaining stock of parts to Stuart Clensy who used to help out on the stand at some shows in the early days of RC.
Somewhere I still have a Harris stock list but it must be wildly out of date by now. In the same “somewhere” I have other useful info. If you ever get stuck for parts or info let me know & I’ll help if I can (& if I can find that "somewhere"!).