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Hyde Harrier


Posted on February 8th, by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. 17 comments

Please get your bike off of my bed sheets. Meet the Hyde Harrier demo bike and yes, they ticked all the option boxes on this one.

We’ve got a lot of cool things hanging around here at the Chateau D’Fumé D’Flambé. Beautiful women of many flavours, piles of cash, and heaps of bikes. Hundreds and hundreds of beautiful motorbikes. Rare Ducatis, V4 Hondas, Antique BSAs… and Triumphs. Lots and lots and lots of good old Rule Britannia Triumphs. God, they are everywhere. I even found one on the roof the other day. Oh the hilarity!

You’ll be glad to know then, that there’s now a kit that’ll let you turn your bog standard spare Bonnies into balls-out retro seventies road racers. Genius, yeah? Also, you’ll now have a valid excuse next time someone laughs and points at your gold medallions and thick, luscious chest hair.

Norman Hyde (ex-Meriden Triumph and Norton) has teamed up with Harris Performance (Pommie motorbike frame makers of some 40-odd years) to produce a kit that basically allows you to build a new bike by wrenching a mix of their new parts and your spares onto the aforementioned frame. You’ll also get the sweet fairing, seat, tank, rear cowl, headlights and exhaust. And what an exhaust it is – looking more like the Barcelona Guggenheim than a waste chute for spare greenhouse gasses. Our hats off to the welding guru responsible for that masterpiece.

Big red button on the rear cowl is the rarely installed self destruct option.

Of course, you won’t want to stop there. The bike pictured here also has a Veypor digital dash, Keihin race carbs, and a mildly toasted head. Bolt on some Dymag wheels and AP Racing brakes all hanging off of some suspension goodies from Sweden’s finest and you’ve got one sweet bike at a steep-yet-not-totally-insane cost of $30,000 Americano. Come to think of it, that IS insane but just take a look at the results. It’s like there’s a party in your garage and everyone’s invited…

It wouldn’t be a Triumph if it didn’t look like a startled insect. (Image courtesy of MCN)

Yes, as a matter-of-fact there is a bustle in my hedgerow. (Image courtesy of MCN)





  • SportsterMike

    I have yet to see this one in the flesh at one of the shows here in the UK
    but I certainly don't like the stock Bonneville in any of its forms so would like to swing a leg over this one..
    and those pipes apparently have a valve in so they don't sound too noisy around town..

  • http://knsweb.net kumo

    What a beautiful bike!

  • Raúl Vicente

    I love the mad-max startled insect head!!

  • thom

    the frame looks uncannily like a Yamaha 350 Ypvs?

  • Andrew

    @Thom I'm pretty sure it's bespoke.

  • kik

    nice, retro-modern done right..

  • lance Houston

    Nicely done,modern conponents & old cool aero-package ! The only thing that needs to be done now is to run down
    the new Norton , and do battle..

  • Paddy

    It's almost perfect. If it just had a 100 horsepower motor to do the other bits justice!

  • Carbon Arc

    Oh yes, DO WANT

  • thom

    @Andrew, yeah I'm sure it is, not unlike the Yammy Tz's and later the Ypvs, should be good in the twistys :)

  • Paddy

    for 30 large it needs MORE HORSEPOWER!

  • ted

    No problem on more horses…get the 1087cc kit, that'll give ya 100+ than ya can run down Norton's new 'Japanese Super Bike', ugh!

  • Chris

    Why this awful black frontfender? Doesn't fit to the style and the color of the rest…urgh.

  • MikeyA

    TZ frame? You guys don't know your bike builder history. In the 60's-70's and 80's Britain was the home of some of the greatest independant frame builders, Rickman, Seeley, Spondon, Harris…it was their innovations that inspired the Japanese factories to make improved racing, and eventually, street frames. The original Hyde Harriers were based on the Bonnie and Trident back in the 70's-80's.

    I just can't get excited about the modern retro Bonneville engine. It just looks like a fat parody of the original.

  • Andrew

    @Chris It'd say it's actually carbon fiber. Trust me, if you'd forked out hundreds of bucks to get some carbon fiber bits on yr brand new Hyde Harrier, you'd be leaving them black as well. Besides, painting carbon fiber would just make it heavier, which is sort of completely opposite to what you want.

  • rafe03

    Thing of rare beauty! "Rob North" style frame hits the right buttons. Is that 2nd pic above mirrored? Or is it so fast that it's actually meeting itself coming back. Ever so Nummy!

  • Grr

    Too expensive, only some bike hardcore people with overload money that would buy this machine.