New Herald flat-tracker
Size isn’t everything – as this latest flat-track makeover from Herald Motorcycles shows. Built on a budget, it’s based on the Huntingdon company’s Rambler 250 custom, which retails at £3500, and features bits from the parts bin of other Herald models, rather than expensive, specially-fabricated components.
Herald Motor Co are a relatively new brand on the block, established three years ago, importing Chinesemade 125cc and 250cc singles. HMC say they specialise in ‘the design and creation of stylish, yet simplistic, vintage-themed motorcycles’ and this bike fits that ethos. Their slogan? ‘Retro isn’t a badge, it’s a way of life.’
And they’ve just added a production version to the line-up. It features a few changes from the bike shown here with a single headlight unit and LED indicators. There’s also a bigger, 19in front wheel.
The motor is the 250 air-cooled, five-speed, single-cylinder, putting out around 21bhp, which might not sound big numbers but is quite punchy considering it weighs just 130kg.
HMC’S range features a Classic 125 at £1750, Classic 250 at £2750, plus other 250 models including the Vagabond cafe racer, urban-style Roamer, matt painted Nomad and knobbly-tyred Rambler all at £3500.
Every machine delivered from China gets upgrades to suit the British market; these include Avon tyres, Silkolene engine oil and brake fluid, high-flow air filter, SBS front and rear brake pads, JT front and rear sprockets, Yuasa battery, NGK spark plug and cap plus Race Tek fully adjustable shocks.
Martin Cartin, HMC’S Senior Motorcycle Engineer, said: “We wanted to create this machine to demonstrate that you don’t have to spend a fortune to build a custom bike.”
The yellow colours are based on Troy Bayliss’ AMA Grand National dirttracker while the exhaust is from one of HMC’S new 450s – but best we don’t reveal too much about that at this stage, except to remind everyone that the firm did unveil two handsome 450cc single prototypes at Motorcycle Live last November; the Rottweiler street racer and a scrambler, both bikes employing alloy Mx-derived frames. ■ See Herald’s latest range at the Carole Nash MCN London Show from FridaySunday, February 17-19.
‘We built this bike to demonstrate you don’t have to spend a fortune’
Sidepanels? Theyr’e just a waste of weight
Headlights lurk within the numberboard
The exhaust’s from HMC’S 450
Colours are a Troy Bayliss tribute