Retro stun­ners

New Herald flat-tracker

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - Gary Pinchin

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

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