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Harris Bonneville 86 Triumph Bonneville discussion forum:
Harris Bonneville

Harris Bonneville 
Steve said 2006-08-14 23:49:30 
I owned two of the Harris sh*tes (refuse to call them bikes) in 1987.
The first one I purchased brand new from White City Motorcycles
and I returned it after just one day and got a refund of my money.
Blaming the dealer for the faults (I got it wrong and soon found it
was Harris\´s fault) and for a bad pre delivery inspection I the went
Wileman\´s of Derby and bought another brand new one.
That turned out to be the worst bike I have ever owned.
The list of failures/breakages and trips to the dealers for warranty
work is so long you just wouldn\´t believe me if I told you. This
included new
pistons and barrels despite it still being under 600 miles old and
being treated with care .

I took the bike on a tour of France and covered over 2,000 miles and
below is a list of faults that developed.

When I returned from holiday and because I was sick of going to the
dealer I trailored the bike the 255miles from my house to the Harris
factory in Devon. The bike was just 4 months old and had less than
3,500 miles on the clock at this time.

Here\´s just some of what I can remember of what was on the list of
faults I gave them with instructions to put right :
crankcase joint leaking oil;
alternator rotor nut came loose and the rotor destroyed the stator
and wreck the end of the crankshaft;
and also burst through the primary case;
neutral light faulty (sometimes came on even when in gears);
broken spokes in the back wheel;
front wheel out of balance;
one of the rear dampers collapsed;
oil leak rocker box;
oil leak tacho gearbox;
oil leak kickstart shaft;
chainguard rubbed through side wall of rear tyre;
ignition switch failed, internals fell to bits;
silencer was damaged by rear wheel spindle;
horn fell off;
offside mirror fell off whilst doing 60mph and hit my mate who was
riding behind me;
the seat took in water if the bike got rained on;
the fuel tank leaked;
the brakes were crap despite there being two discs up front;
the chrome on the silencers was crap and rust was showing through;
the wheel rims also showed rust;
the bike consumed more than 10 pints of oil in 2,000 miles;

Brian Jones who was the former Chief Design Engineer at the Triumph
Meriden factory was working in management at the Harris factory in
Devon, and he said he would get everything put back to new condition.
Eventually after 12 weeks and numerous telephone calls the bike was
delivered back to me. It was during one of these calls that Les
Harris himself made the statement that he didn\´t give a f*ck about me
or my bike.
The bike came back with almost all the original parts replaced
including a new cranckshaft,new crankcases and new barrels and
pistons (second set of replacements). New wheels,rear tyre, shock
absorbers, ignition switch, seat, petrol tank, new exhausts &
silencers;chinguard,brake pads, mirror,etc. etc. etc.

I rode the bike only once after I got it back and it broke down at
4am when I was 200 miles from home and on the way to the ferry for
another holiday in France. It turned out that a coil had failed.
I took the train home and the bike was sold. Good ridance!!!!!

NW England
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