Retro banger: Mash X-Ride Classic 650

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Fancy classic ’70s Yamaha XT500 or even retro Ducati Scrambler style but at a fraction of the price? Say hello to the Mash X-Ride Classic 650 - the latest from the retro bike specialists, and a funkily-fashioned single-cylinder trailster.

Although best known for their simple, affordable air-cooled 125 and 250 singles, larger versions including 400cc singles and now this latest – Mash’s second – 650 are becoming popular. And after the fairly conventional Dirt Track 650, this new X-Ride is the firm’s most ambitious model yet.

It’s based around the same 647cc, air-cooled, single, producing a claimed 40bhp at 6000rpm but this time with longer travel, monoshock rear suspension (Mash’s first) and conventional but equally long, front forks. Wheels are 17in wires, there’s a twin silencer exhaust, dual seat and neat touches like a Monza fuel cap.

MASH X-Ride Classic 650 clocks

Cycle parts are improving, too: along with the alloy-rimmed wheels there’s a beefy front disc and radially-mounted four-piston brake caliper and the swingarm looks impressively beefy, too.

But the biggest talking point, surely, is the X-Ride’s XT-alike styling, from its gold anodised rims to blacked-out engine and red/white livery. We can’t blame them – the '70s scrambler-style is hugely fashionable right now. Price has yet to be confirmed but we expect around £5000.

Mash X-Ride Classic 650 at a glance

Engine

647cc 4v single is basically a copy of the old Honda Dominator unit producing 40bhp at 6000rpm and with a five-speed gearbox.

Suspension

X-Ride is the first Mash with monoshock rear and a beefy, box-section swingarm. Front is conventional telescopics.

Styling

White/red livery with black engine and gold rims is a modern take on 1976 Yamaha XT500 – as is that of Ducati’s Desert Sled.

Brakes

Front stopper is a 320mm disc grasped by a radially-mounted four-piston caliper. There’s a 240mm disc at the rear.

Show not go?

Despite style, off-road ability will be hampered by fairly high weight (169kg) and 17-inch wheels – still be a laugh, though.

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Phil West

By Phil West

MCN Contributor and bike tester.