Cambridgeshire motorcycle manufacturer Herald used last week’s INTERMOT show in Germany to showcase two new models that are expected to go on sale in 2019.
Up to now, Herald’s product range has been based around relatively basic and inexpensive Chinese manufactured bikes, built to the British company’s specs and with trendy retro styling, however the prototypes hint towards some more upmarket models with more performance and higher specs.
First up is the Brat 125, which Herald’s flowery marketing material describes as ‘your own personal amusement park’. In many ways, the Brat is Herald’s stock-in-trade, with a basic 124cc air-cooled single making it learner legal and simple to maintain, but the styling and spec definitely give it some additional kerb appeal.
What makes Herald stand out from the hoards of Chinese built imports are the high-end components specified by the parent company. The Scrambler-esque Brat has some really neat touches, like the digital dash, LED lights all-round and some chunky looking upside-down forks. There are also three on trend colour options: a military style metallic green, iron grey and copper. Herald boss Mike Ashmead confirmed that the bike will go on sale early in 2019, with a 250cc version also available. Echoing the big boys, Herald will also launch a new clothing range in the coming months.
As well as the Brat, Herald also showcased another prototype, in form of the Brute. The Brute marks a departure for the decade-old company, being a ground up design built in their Huntingdon workshops.
At the heart of the Brute is a water-cooled 43bhp 449cc single from the Italian Fantic company, and this is wrapped up in a T45 steel and aluminium frame. The roadster is also full of neat touches, billet parts and cool componentry including a Koso digital dash, suspension and brakes developed by Racetek and Michelin tyres.
The Brute is very much at the prototype stage, but you’ll be able to see it for yourself at next month’s Motorcycle Live show, at the Birmingham NEC.