Leader from Spain

Published: 07:32AM Apr 4th, 2014
By: Web Editor
Just perusing your February 2014 issue (borrowed from a friend, can’t get it out here in Catalunya…) and particularly interested in pages 74-76, the article by Richard Rosenthal on the Leader
Leader from Spain

Having owned and used one on a daily basis in the late 1970s, anything on this machine gets my attention. As an impoverished student I had run a variety of Honda twins, basically as cheap transport, but was always short of storage/carrying facility and weather protection, so a variety of accessories were added in the form of screens, fairings and panniers, both hard and soft. Everything served the purpose for my regular treks from home in Corby, Northamptonshire to Stoke-on-Trent and later Manchester, but while researching motorcycles for my college thesis, I discovered the Leader.

So, I managed to find a bike somewhere in the Midlands and ran it for a year or so. Its performance was never ‘searing’ but handling was good. One slow journey in to college in Manchester, about three miles, in really deep snow was accomplished feet-up and showed just how stable it was.

Having another Leader would be nice. It would certainly prove interesting to the Montesa/Ossa/Derbi/Bultaco brigade that is the mainstay of a typical ‘Trobada’ classic meeting we get here. Hardly surprising really, as we are north of Barcelona by an hour or so. If you are ever down this way, L’Escala has its own little car/bike museum and has an interesting mix of Spanish and French bikes.




Andy Ward, Catalunya, via email

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