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Herald motorbikes

Post by dubber68 » Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:33 pm

Well spent the day at the NEC today and apart from falling in love with the CCM I was also quite taken by the Herald motorcycles, particularly the scrambler type customs and they weren't silly money. Has anyone any experience of them and if so a review of them would be much appreciated. I am wary of chinese bikes but is this just a case of me living in the past? There is precious little in the interweb about them.
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Re: Herald motorbikes

Post by dubber68 » Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:36 pm

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Re: Herald motorbikes

Post by dubber68 » Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:39 pm

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Re: Herald motorbikes

Post by coyotedave » Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:19 am

I had a good long chat with the guy on the stand. The engines they use are Suzuki GN 125 and 250. When they come over they change the rear springs, chain and sprockets and tyres and give them a good PDI. No problems in the last 12 months with the bikes they have sold. Could be just sales talk but I got a good feel about it.

You can mix and match to make a one off for your own liking, but the cost goes up to 5k, starting price is £1600 for the 125 and £2700 for the 250.

I think these are good value bikes with a good 70s Classic look.


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Re: Herald motorbikes

Post by Richard Simpson » Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:11 am

The blue & white one looks like a fake Triumph Tiger Cub!

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Re: Herald motorbikes

Post by picos mestizo » Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:49 am

Frames are very late 70's Suzuki. SP/DR 370
For a simple yet very efficient Frame & Engine that era was hard to beat.
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Re: Herald motorbikes

Post by Big Red » Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:59 am

Does anyone know if or how much bigger the 250 is than the 125. I really like the lok of them. Wonder if they are going to do a 400

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Re: Herald motorbikes

Post by Mike101 » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:12 pm

I also had a very good look over them as they were next to the CCM stand tent thingy.

Yes they look a nice design and the price is good...but....and i'm going to sound like an old record here i do question thier ability to stand up to any UK weather.

Some parts look good while others such as the metal front mudguard look prone to chipping and eventual rust. The exhaust headers and tail pipe look rough and cheaply painted and this is often the first place to rust on chineese bikes.

With the above said i think they will make a very good weekend toy if used in the right weather. I am not bashing chineese bikes in any way as i do believe that in less than ten years they will match or even beat jap build quality in terms of metal used.

But for me i would spend the money on a 2nd jap bike that at this stage is a lot better than the majority of chineese bikes.

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Re: Herald motorbikes

Post by Brenhden » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:32 pm

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If I made my own custom bike it would look like this. B)
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Re: Herald motorbikes

Post by SteveR » Thu Nov 27, 2014 4:06 pm

With the above said i think they will make a very good weekend toy if used in the right weather. I am not bashing chinese bikes in any way as i do believe that in less than ten years they will match or even beat jap build quality in terms of metal used.
Kinda like the Enfield range, especially the Trials of a few years ago, a Sunday afternoon bike, 1-2K miles/annum ;-) Nothing wrong with that either, if that is what you want from a bike, we are all different.

I have doubts about the long term survival rates of some of the Chinese bikes, only time will tell....

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