If you’ve been anywhere near a major British bike show over the last few years, you’ve probably spotted the range of retro-styled small capacity machines from Herald Motor Co. The Cambridgeshire-based importer and manufacturer has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, since its inception in 2012, as it continues to turn out an extensive range of retro-styled 125cc and 250cc motorcycles.

Interestingly, Herald do things slightly differently to many other UK-based importers. Ok, so the initial part of the process is fairly similar, as Herald works with an exclusive partner in China – which is actually the same factory that built the Suzuki GN engine back in the day (and continues to produce similar powerplants for Herald). But that’s where the similarities end; once the imported bikes arrive at Herald HQ, they get overhauled with a range of higher specification aftermarket bits and pieces – before being checked top to bottom by the team of dedicated on-site mechanics. And it’s this attention to detail that helps the Herald’s stand out. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been putting the Herald Maverick 125 through its paces. Here’s what we thought…

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