Posted by anarchy on May 31, 2020, 7:59 pm, in reply to "Re: Snagging"
Thanks Will, |
I guess I've been lucky with parts and haven't had a problem so far. As you know, off the shelf non OEM rear shocks are easy, bars, the switch gear is the same as an old RE bullet, I used a standard parts bin front brake cylinder, BMW front calliper etc etc. The only difficult parts seem to be bespoke harris items which I have removed mostly as part of the street scrambler conversion. The wheel rims were rusted out so I laced alloy Ducati scrambler rims that I sourced from Italy. Bearings and stuff you can work out with a calliper what to order from factors. Piston rings were not available, least I couldn't find them so I used Honda XL500 ones and modified the piston slots in my lathe.
I find the bike interesting. I like it's low weight and balance. Mine seems to have a 19 tooth sprocket already and also thicker stainless rear spokes...another weakness I'm told. The only difficult thing was the wiring. I have several wiring diagrams and none of them match my bike. Mine looks like prototype wiring, but original. I've worked it out now but it was a chore. I wouldn't be surprised if mine was one of the first bikes looking at the way it was built, little detail things that you wouldn't expect on a production bike. Harris used the Austrian engine number for the frame number and he bought in different batches of engines, they sold them to many people, so I can't see any logic in the numbering system i.e there is no 10001 bike etc
The bike came with a huge history file of notes and things by the previous owners which shows it was loved until the last owner, who through illness left it to rot for 20 years.
As it stands, going forward, I don't think spares should be a problem, something could always be adapted as it will always be a special.
I think the harris matchless makes more sense today than it did back in the 1980's.
Thanks for your help.