HAPPYWITH HIS HARRIS
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