DIRT READY: Mash’s X-Ride 650 gets a makeover

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Mash Motors has just revealed an off-road focused version of its XT500-inspired X-Ride 650.

Mash X Ride 650

The French firm got the hearts racing of ‘70s-style ‘trailie’ enthusiasts when it first revealed its X-Ride 650 Classic back in 2020. The stylish street scrambler has a lot going for it – including a super-competitive price tag and a bulletproof 647cc engine that was ripped straight from Honda’s NX and XR 650s. The only thing it was missing was a bit of off-road prowess.

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The new Trail variant aims to fix that. The formula’s much the same, and it gets the very same air-cooled single as the Classic – but there’re a few key differences to help make it more capable in rough stuff.

Mash X Ride 650

2kg lighter and 60mm taller, the big news is the welcome addition of a set of 21-inch front and 18-inch rear rims (up from 17-inchers all round). There’re also some Fast Ace 43mm front forks and a monoshock at the rear. The front disc brake’s a bit smaller than before – down to 280mm from 320mm – although the rear stays the same at 240mm. It might seem a bit strange to downgrade the braking set up, but actually if you’re riding it on the trails you’re not going to need the same level of bite up front.

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Mash X Ride 650

If it goes even half as well as it looks, then it’s going to be well worth considering if you’re in the market for a retro bike… Particularly if it comes in at around £5500 as expected.

We won’t have to wait too long to find out, We’ll be putting one through its paces soon.

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