1979 HARRIS MAGNUM MARK 1 KAWASAKI Z1000 TT FORMULA 1 RACING MOTORCYCLE
Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 245
Year : 1979
Engine Size : -
Registration No. : FYG 115T
Chassis No. : # HP868
Engine No. : # KZT00A087947
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

• Original racing machine
• 2015 Isle of Man F1 Classic TT 'P1' category winner
• Engine rebuilt 2015
• Road registered
One of the most famous names in frame building, the Harris brothers - Steve and Lester - have been in business as Harris Performance Products since 1972. Engineers as well as motorcycle racers, they built their first frame – a tubular steel design with mono-shock rear suspension – to house a Suzuki Super Six engine. The Harris mono-shock rear end proved immensely successful and was used for a variety of frames housing (mainly) two-stroke racing engines. Their first venture into the world of production-based, large-capacity four-strokes came in 1980 when they built a Kawasaki Z1-engine machine for the TT Formula 1, which was raced very successfully by Andy Goldsmith and Mike Trimby. This design gave rise to the celebrated Magnum frame, which would be adapted to take engines from all the major Japanese manufacturers and prove an immense commercial success for Harris over the next decade. In the TT Formula 1 class, Harris Performance machines were raced by many famous riders including Mick Grant, John Newbold, Phil Read, Steve Parish, Martin Lunde, and Trevor Nation to name but a few.
First registered on 18th July 1979, this collectible future classic is an original racing motorcycle. Ridden by Anthony Redmond, this machine won the 2015 F1 Classic TT 'P1' category for privateer machines, being awarded a Silver Replica with a fastest lap of 107.202mph and a top speed through the 'trap' of 148.47mph. Timing and results sheets come with it, together with photographs of the machine competing in the Classic TT.
The Kawasaki Z1000 engine was fully overhauled for the 2015 Classic TT including a completely rebuilt crankshaft, all new bearings throughout, new con rods, and new Wiseco race pistons (standard bore). Other noteworthy features include race camshafts and valve springs, a special Barnett 9-plate competition clutch assembly, Keihin CR 33mm carburettors, and Electrex self-generating ignition (no battery required). Built with no expense spared, the engine was fully set up by Anthony 'Slick' Bass, who has worked with some of the greatest riders of modern times including Joey Dunlop, Steve Hislop, Scott Russell, Niall Mackenzie, Ron Haslam, Robert Dunlop and Carl Fogarty.
The rolling chassis consists of a Harris Magnum frame and swinging arm, Harris adjustable fork yokes, Marzocchi M1R forks (as fitted to the works Ducati 851s), a Paoli fully adjustable rear shock absorber, and Marvic race wheels: 3.5x17 front, 4.5x17 rear. Other noteworthy features include a Harris Magnum fuel tank, Ducati 300mm semi-floating front discs, Brembo Gold Line 4-pot front callipers, Brembo Gold rear calliper, braided brake hoses, new chain and sprockets, NRP 4-2-1 race exhaust system, Scitsu rev counter, Pingle high-flow fuel tap, and an oil cooler.
This rare Harris Magnum is ready to race or parade; it also comes with a V5 registration document and could be the ultimate street machine should the fortunate next owner so desire. Original and stunning, this machine turns heads wherever it goes and would be an enviable addition to any collection.