Tucked away in the business estate off Stukeley Road is a little enclave of petrolhead heaven. St Margaret’s Way, (its the one with Dunelm on the corner) leads to several top-end car maintenance companies and the premises of the Herald Motorcycle Co.
Its a nice place to be, and my little tour began with a cup of coffee with Isa Wilson and Rob Croxall, who are overseeing a major expansion programme at Herald, but still kindly found time for a chat.
Established since 2013, the company is expanding into another premises which will double their space and allow them to have a brand new workshop for the bikes and a super new spray booth. The team at Herald are thinking that as well as spraying their motorcycles, they can offer the service to people who would like to customize their own machines.
The team at Herald are enthusiastically supported by their parent company, on the same business park, a group of terribly clever boffins and engineers who for thirty years have been doing tech research and who produce, amongst other things, crash test dummies, but thats a story for another day!
Herald currently manufacture 6 models, the smallest engine size is the 125cc Classic, which is a super retro-styled motorbike. The Vagabond is a rugged 250cc machine with vintage Britbike styling and my favourite is the 250 Nomad, which is a good-looking bike in a custom finish that looks strong and individual.
The engines and main components of the motorcycles come from China, and here in the Huntingdon workshop the bikes are assembled and have upgraded tyres, brakes, batteries and spark plugs fitted. Herald source as much as they can from UK suppliers, the tyres are Avon, the oil is from Silkolene. The RaceTek adjustable rear shocks are Herald’s own. The company are currently developing their own frame and swinging arm, which will be built in the UK. They are planning to increase their model range next year.
Finished bikes are available to buy from a network of 43 dealers across the country, up to Inverness, across to Wrexham, down to Exeter. I’ve read complimentary reviews from BirotarUK and Motorcycle News during my research, so it seems Herald Motorcycle Co are heading onwards and upwards and this is good news for British manufacturing and for Huntingdon. Good work Herald Motorcycle Co!