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First ride on sportiest Bonneville: the Hyde Harrier

Published: 15 December 2009

The latest Hyde Harrier is the sportiest, most enticing road-going Bonneville ever made, MCN can reveal after an exclusive first ride.

Ohlins suspension and a chassis made by race gurus Harris mean it handles, and Triumph legend Norman Hyde has tuned the parallel engine to make 82bhp. That might seem moderate compared to modern sportsbikes, but it’s so lusty you end up riding deceptively fast.     

The bike we’re riding is the first running Hyde Harrier Jubilee – an off-the-shelf sports chassis kit for donor 790cc, or 865cc Hinckley-built Triumph Bonneville engines.

It’s 21 years since Hyde produced the original 1988 Hyde Harrier, and as you’d imagine, nothing is carried over from the original – today’s Hinckley-built engines are completely different, meaning a new frame and swingarm had to be fabricated. This work was carried out by Harris Performance. 

It’s a great bike, but it costs! Read the full test and verdict in this week’s MCN, out Wednesday December 16.

THE FACTS
Hyde Harrier Jubilee, £17,000
Engine: Air-cooled 904cc, parallel twin.
Power: 82bhp
Torque: 64ftlb
Chassis: Harris frame and swingarm. Ohlins FG324 front forks and twin rear shocks.
Contact: www.hydeharrier.co.uk Tel: 01926 497375

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