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Matchless G80 500 (Harris Rotax) - Classic Bike
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Manufacturer: Matchless
Model: Harris G80 500 Number of Previous Owners: --
Type: -- Engine Size: 500 cc
Mileage: -- Power: --
Model Year: 1988 Colour: Black
Date of 1st Registration: 14 Sep 1988 Metallic Paint: --
Gears: Five-speed manual MOT Expiration Date: --
Drive Type: Chain Warranty: --
Start Type: Kick start Independent Vehicle Inspection: --
V5 Registration Document: Present Road Tax: --
Customised Features: -- Extra Features: --
Performance Upgrades: -- Previously Registered Overseas: --



                                                                  Harris Matchless G80 Rotax 500.  Made in Devon.  1988


Here is a Harris Matchless for sale.  No Reserve Selling Price. 


I understand that there was a short production run when these bikes were built, and there are not that many still around.  They could be classed as true 'modern' classics. 


This one is a 1988 model  ('F' registration).  A 23 year old motorcycle – eligible for VMCC events soon!.


The bike is registered in my name, I have the V5 document, and it is presently on SORN.  It is finished in black and it has the kick start engine.


It has been standing in store for some time, and could do with a jolly good clean and service.   It would need re-commissioning, or else with a bit more work it could be made pristine again.  The bike is complete as far as I can tell and there is nothing I know about it that causes me concern. I fitted a new battery to it last weekend, and it fired up after 4 kicks.  (The new battery goes with the bike).   I have not detected any disturbing noises when it is running, and it pulls like a train.


I understand how important it is to provide a good and honest description for potential bidders - you need to know exactly what you are getting so the following is an honest appraisal (good and bad points).  Please make sure you read to the end, but if there are questions - please ask and I'll answer as honestly as I can.


These bikes had a lot of top class kit fitted as original equipment.  Many of the cycle parts can be found on other machines too, and I have a list that identifies what is interchangeable - a copy will go with the bike.  The Rotax engine has been used by a number of manufacturers, it has a great reputation for strength and reliability, and parts are easily had. 


A photocopy of the Rotax engine manual goes with the bike too, as will a ring binder folder stuffed with things like a parts number list, maintenance guides, and press articles.  All useful stuff.  


Overall, this bike is the most original and unmolested Harris G80 that I've seen ‘in the flesh’.  It may not be the best presented at the moment, but it could be made really nice. 


If you want to see the bike, get in touch.


Good Stuff & Original Fittings:

Engine - The renowned Rotax 500 single cylinder engine

Suspension - Piolli front forks (with anti-dive) and Piolli rear shocks.

Front Brake - Brembo front disc brake (first class!)

Rear Brake - Grimeca rear hub and brake (works a treat)

Guards - Stainless m'guards fitted as standard

Electrics - 12V system as standard.  Switch gear on handlebars, ignition switch and idiot lights are all origonal kit - in fact I think everything electrical may be as it should be. Horn, indicators, brake lights etc all do what I would expect them to.

Seat - Original seat. Cover is very good – and it has the embossed winged ‘M’ on it.  Underside is sound, although the catch has been repaired.

Carburetion - Carb. Is a Dellorto


General :

Chain - Brand new chain and engine sprocket fitted.

Battery - Brand new battery just fitted.

Tyres - rear is passable, front is almost new

Lights - Headlight (lens) looks like it has been replaced. (looks new anyway)

Bars - Handlebars are non-standard Renthals

Stands - Centre stand and side stand are both present

Exhaust - Silencer is a non-standard Triumph item.  Looks and sounds OK. (I believe a replacement for the original item can be sourced for about £50).

Trim - Side panels are there.



The not so good ……

This is a classic motorcycle. It has not been ‘restored’ so given its age let’s be realistic.   The things I think should be noted are:


Front brake - works very well but pads do need replaced - easily obtainable

Exhaust - as noted, works ok and it sounds good (a bit throaty) but its not original

Wheels - (back and front) are perfectly serviceable, but the chrome is not great

Tank - tank has no dents or structure damage, but the paint/finish I'd describe as poor - a repaint would be in order.  (I’ve heard the tank is the same as that fitted to the Laverda .......!)  

Filler cap - should be plated, but has been painted.

Air-box - a common problem with these bikes - the air-box has cracked/ been broken and has been repaired.

Missing - the plastic covers that fit over the air filters (behind the side panels) are missing.  Air filters are there though, and securely fitted.

Missing - the side stand engine cut out switch is missing (no big deal there, they were never fitted to anything I had back in the '60s and '70s!)

Missing - battery / tank tie down rubber strap.

Headlight - seems to have lost dip beam somewhere - I've not checked, likely the bulb?  Headlamp shell is fine, but for a few quid you could get one with better chrome.

Slight oil leak from bottom of the clutch cover (gasket)

Slight seepage from the R/H fork leg seal.


Read on - There’s more...........


The bits you don't want to readbut really should:


You bid, you contract to buy.  That's it.  No tyre kicking or attempts to haggle after the event - if you are unsure, ask me now.


Make no mistake - the bike is here for auction, with no reserve.  It will go to the highest bidder and I'll be content with that.  Unless you turn up at my door with an enormous wad of notes, there is no 'buy it now' option so please don't bother asking.


The bike is on SORN - the bike is for collection only and you will need a van or trailer to take it away.


At close of auction, £100 to be deposited in my PayPal account within 48 hours.  Balance in cash or cheque cleared to my bank before uplift.

No rush for a date to uplift, but the uplift details to be negotiated or confirmed within 7 days.


UK bids only please.


And finally, anyone lacking at least 10 positive feedbacks (on items of substance), please contact me before bidding or I'll discount your bids.


Thanks for looking, and happy bidding.

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