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Classic Bike (UK) - - Contents - Gary Pinchin, ed­i­tor clas­sic.bike@bauer­me­dia.co.uk

With Tri­umph re­cently launch­ing their much-im­proved Street Scram­bler, we thought it the ideal op­por­tu­nity to not only test the new model, but also to look back at the orig­i­nal high-barred, high-level piped, knob­bly-tyred bike that came out of Meri­den, des­tined for the US market.

The pro­lif­er­a­tion of retro street scram­blers also gave us the ex­cuse to show the real roots of the genre, with some of the orig­i­nal Honda four-strokes mar­keted in the US from the ’60s to mid-’70s. We also have an XT500 built as a trib­ute to one of the early Paris-dakar Rally bikes run in the late ’70s by French Yamaha im­porter Sonauto. But un­like most street scram­blers that only see tar­mac, owner Mark Smith in­sisted we give the big sin­gle a blast on a dirt track.

But it’s not all dirt in this is­sue. Rick’s kicked off a new Rudge project, we fea­ture Road­star, a quirky tra­di­tional bike shop near Dover, and we’ve got a re­build of a 500cc En­field Me­teor Mi­nor en­gine. En­joy the mag.

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