Berham’s Suzuki GSX1100/Harris Racing Mash Up: The “Shiny Harry”

Published September 8, 2016

Introducing the winner of the Glemseck 101’s prestigious Sprint International trophy: “Shiny Harry”. This stunning offering comes from Berlin based custom shop Berham, and despite stiff competition from some of the best custom garages in the world, it was the surprise winner of the coveted Sprint trophy last weekend. Featuring an awesome 1981 Suzuki GSX1100 engine, and a genuine 1984 Harris Magnum 2 frame, this bike is a real one of a kind.

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Berham boss Martien Delgauuw received the call that Berham would be invited to perform in the Sprint International event and got to work immediately. He called in his business partner, Felix Pilz – who just happened to have a genuine Harris frame tucked away for such an occasion – and together they got started designing this mean machine. After stripping the frame back to bare metal, they decided to leave the aluminum finish intact, but modifications were needed to make the donor GSX1100 power plant fit into the frame. Originally, the Harris frame was designed to accommodate an ‘80s Z1000 motor, but thanks to some new mounts, the Suzuki lump slid into place.

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The Shiny Harry was also given a stretched and modified swing arm (courtesy of KRT Framework), shortened front forks from a 1984 Suzuki GSX-R750, Honda Bol d’Or SC 09 rims, and a set of Continental Road Attack tires. It’s a mish mash of parts, but there’s a hell of a lot more to mention and we’ll get to that in a minute. Next, we’re going to look at the bodywork…or lack thereof.


After learning that the competition would be fierce, with Triumph and Suzuki fielding bikes of their own, with world class pilots like Carl Fogarty too, the guys at Berham decided that the only way to stay in the fight was to do something drastic. After careful consideration, they decided that losing weight was the only way they were going to be competitive. As you can see, the bike features no bodywork at all.


In fact, the specially made aluminum tank is only big enough to accommodate 1.5 liters of gas! On top of that, the guys at Berham added a lightweight lithium-ion battery, removed the starter motor entirely, and scrapped the rear shocks altogether. The bike now ways a mere 168 kg (370 pounds)… Which is lucky, considering it’s now a push-start only bike!


With the Suzuki/Harris machine stripped to the bare minimum, Berham decided to treat the engine to a wide range of goodies and treatments. First off, the engine was given a GSX750 intake camshaft, Mikuni TMR 36-D9 carbs, and a brand new exhaust system from Schüle Classic Racing. As for the engine’s final power figures, Martien has no idea. In an interview with BikeExif he said: “We didn’t have a chance to dyno it, so we have no idea how much horsepower or torque it actually produces.”


As for the rest of this franken-bike’s parts? Well, the clutch control comes from a Suzuki SV 650, the handlebars are from Magura, the footrests are from an Aprilia RS 250, and the killswitch comes from Pingel. Easy part over. Now the brakes: the front rotor comes from Brembo, the caliper from a Suzuki GSX 750F and the master from a Suzuki DR125. The rear rotor comes straight off of a Honda Bol d’Or, the caliper from a Suzuki RG 80, and the master from a Yamaha YZF 600. Quite the shopping list, eh?


The rest of the Shiny Harry’s parts were fabricated in house. This includes everything from the seat to the battery casing!


In the end, the effort paid off. Not only was the Shiny Harry competitive, it walked away with the trophy! Congratulations go to Berham, and the guys that built this incredible machine: Martien Delfgaauw, Felix Pilz, Marvin Diehl, Christoph Schreinert and Uli Ullrichsen.


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Joe Appleton
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