Herald, the Cambridgeshire purveyors of retro-styled Chinese imports, has announced two new models developed to meet the latest round of Euro4 emissions regulations.
First shown as a prototype at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show in February, the Maverick is an authentic looking scrambler that puts out just under 10bhp and weighs 121kg. Powered by a Euro4 friendly fuel-injected, air-cooled, motor and fitted with a combined braking system, the £2650 Maverick is full of neat touches, like the 1960s styled bench seat, polished exhaust can and wavy brake discs.
While the Maverick has more than a hint of Triumph Scrambler about it, the £3499 Phantom bears a passing resemblance to the British company’s Bonneville Bobber.
Herald says that the 250cc Phantom will be made in limited numbers. It follows the classic bobber format of hard tail styled rear end, single saddle and fat tyres on spoked wheels, and has a deliberate ‘shed built’ vibe about it. Unlike the Maverick, the 18bhp Phantom is not yet in Herald dealerships – although the company does say that it will be available ‘soon’.
The new bikes extend Herald’s range to 12 models. The British company’s motorcycles are built in China using tried and tested Far Eastern technology, but the classic designs, that also include traditional roadsters and café racers, are developed for British riders, with many of the components changed for higher quality ones better suited for UK riding conditions.