March 2017

Welcome

With Triumph recently launching their much-improved Street Scrambler, we thought it the ideal opportunity to not only test the new model, but also to look back at the original high-barred, high-level piped, knobbly-tyred bike that came out of Meriden, destined for the US market. The proliferation of retro street scramblers also gave us the excuse to show the real roots of the genre, with some of the original Honda four-strokes marketed in the US from the ’60s to mid-’70s. We also have an XT500 built as a tribute to one of the early Paris-Dakar Rally bikes run in the late ’70s by French Yamaha importer Sonauto. But unlike most street scramblers that only see tarmac, owner Mark Smith insisted we give the big single a blast on a dirt track. But it’s not all dirt in this issue. Rick’s kicked off a new Rudge project, we feature Roadstar, a quirky traditional bike shop near Dover, and we’ve got a rebuild of a 500cc Enfield Meteor Minor engine.

Enjoy the issue

Gary Pinchin
Editor

 

Inside this issue...

DIRTY LOOKS

With a dash of dirt bike style, Honda’s street scramblers were the hippest Stateside rides in the ’60s and ’70s. Here’s how they rolled... 


STREETS AHEAD

Triumph started the whole street scrambler thing in 1949. We try out the latest incarnation and the classic original. 


SENSE OF ADVENTURE

A few old photographs were enough to inspire Mark Smith’s stunning Sonauto Paris-Dakar replica build.