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Old 11-17-2011, 11:08 AM   #1
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Harris Magnum 1- Kawasaki

So, been hankering after a "proper" trick framed bike for some time now...... And as a dedicated Kawasaki fan - Big Zeds, when this bike turned up I just had to go for it......











Its been sat around, just cobbled together very roughly, for some years.

Consisting of: a nice green Harris Magnum 1 frame & alloy tank, seat unit, Ducati 916 compleet rear end, GSXR1100 USD front end, KZ1000A1 motor & carbs + box of bits; rear sets, clocks, shox, electrics, etc
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:37 AM   #2
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It is a thing of wonder Mark, and I look forward to seeing it on the road...
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:40 AM   #3
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Looks like you have some work for the winter. Subscribed.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:30 PM   #4
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Too cool, looking forward to following this project!
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:49 PM   #5
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In the latest issue of Practical Sportbikes they make a mention of the Harris frames and quoted them as "sited in many divorce petitions."
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:56 PM   #6
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That IS and can be wicked cool!
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:08 PM   #7
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That looks really light and zippy. I'm not a huge fan of inline 4s in general, but that thing looks like stupid amounts of fun.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:19 AM   #8
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:47 PM   #9
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Nice frame and components, now ditch the John Deere paint and the IL4, find a H2 motor and Bobs you uncle.
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:36 AM   #10
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Right then chaps - as you know the Harris is all about HANDLING - so I shall not be tweaking the motor too much, I've a set of slightly "lumpier" cams and some VM29 smoothbore Mikuni's

Here's a period write up for the Magnum 2, from Nov 1982.....








So far I've sold the GSXR USD front end and the Ducati 916 rear end - as they are the usual suspects for modded bikes My plan is to keep it looking a bit more Old Skool.

I have a ZZR1100 RWU front end and have tracked down a loverly JMC, double braced swing arm, and some 17" DYMAGS

Let the DIVORCE PROCEEDING's begin








One of the standard discs has a bent rotor, so I have got a nice new front set, to compliment the rear disc...



The JMC will need about 10mm removed from the frame pivot point - which will also mean the needle rollers have to be recessed accordingly. I have pressed the stem out of the ZZR tripple trees and will get a new one made up to fit on the Harris headstock.

Got a bit of frame brazing to sort out too - the lower rear engine mounts have been removed - but they came with the "box of bits" so just need cleaning up & sticking back on
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So far I've sold the GSXR USD front end and the Ducati 916 rear end - as they are the usual suspects for modded bikes My plan is to keep it looking a bit more Old Skool.

I have a ZZR1100 RWU front end and have tracked down a loverly JMC, double braced swing arm, and some 17" DYMAGS
Good call! I hate the single sided swingarm conversions. That JMC arm with those Dymags will look freaking sweet.
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:27 PM   #12
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Well done, laddo.

Would a J motor suit that chassis?
Period correct and a better donk, no?



I'll be watching this one with interest.


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Old 11-21-2011, 12:11 PM   #13
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Well done, laddo.

Would a J motor suit that chassis?
Period correct and a better donk, no?
The later "J" is a bit "fruitier", but I prefer the older (more original) kickstart motors & round cam covers

The engine mountings are different too - and this frame is made for the older model. Once I fit the lumpier cams & VM29's she'll go fast enuff for me........ If I do need a bit more squirt I'll take the motor out of my Sprint bike....






Its a 1392cc lump I built last year
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:00 AM   #14
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I've now had the lugs brazed back on and took the frame and swingarm to TALON for an estimate to trim 7mm off each side of the JMC & make a spindle sleeve - as the Harris spindle is 20mm & the needle bearings are 25mm :shock: They said it would be about a days work (setting up the machines takes a while) and 250 max. I could get it done a bit cheaper, but I want this work done right!!!



In the mean time I've made some card board templates of the lower rear engine mounts, to line up with the lugs..... I had some 10mm ally plate which I'll cut out for the brackets.



I also took Mr JigSaw to the Zed Butt unit & hacked a bit of fiberglass off....





The JMC is sitting ON the pivot in those shots and the rear end is sitting rather low.

I'll make some brackets and make surethe seat is nice and firm to support the rider :??

I dropped a few bits off to Mikey on Thursday afternoon and took the cam cover off - so I could get my first glimpse of the motor internals....



..... as luck would have it, the top end looks good, the cams are mint and the clearances are spot on :twisted: As you can also see, the cam caps have the standard bolts fitted - so hopefully no surprises there!

I think I'll be doing the minimal mechanical work and just give it a thorough service, a bit of a clean up and run it
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:06 PM   #15
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Lovely frame and swing arm. Looking forward to this thread.
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