Real Classic - - Letters -

Here’s my Har­ris Match­less, which I have owned since 2011. I had it painted in a sim­i­lar colour to the Match­less Red ‘CSR’ fin­ish and fit­ted a tan seat. I re­placed the stan­dard, 500 kick­start-only Ro­tax en­gine for a later 350 MT elec­tric-start en­gine which is a lot more user friendly. I fit­ted a VM32 Mikuni carb kit but the en­gine kept cut­ting out and would not tick­over be­low 2500rpm. Sadly the sup­plier of the carb kit was less than help­ful. In the end I fit­ted a Mk1 Con­cen­tric carb: no more cut­ting out and a steady tick­over at 1500rpm. It also has a less re­stric­tive si­lencer, but it’s a bit on the loud side.

The bike’s done about 3600 miles in the last six years and only failed to get me home once. The carb came away from its rub­ber mount­ing stub due to a failed ju­bilee clip while on a lo­cal VMCC run. The Har­ris Match­less is very un­der­rated and is dis­missed by many as a Euro­pean parts bin kit. I think they are a great bike which I en­joy rid­ing. The strange thing is that peo­ple now keep ask­ing me‘is this the lat­est Match­less model?’ Iain Houghton, mem­ber 2124

Al­though some spares aren’t easy to find, the elec­tric-start Har­ris Match­less is an­other of those phys­i­cally com­pact and pleas­antly prac­ti­cal ma­chines with built-in clas­sic cre­den­tials. We al­ways fan­cied turn­ing ours into a CS street scram­bler… Rowena

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