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1967. The Sum­mer of Love. Hippy cul­ture was kick­ing back big time. Min­d­ex­pand­ing bands like Jef­fer­son Air­plane, The Grate­ful Dead, Coun­try Joe and the Fish and The Rolling Stones were find­ing their voice.

And in mo­tor­cy­cling, things were chang­ing, too. Tra­di­tional Bri­tish bikes were com­ing un­der fire from the Ja­panese in­dus­try with ex­cit­ing new light­weight two-strokes that matched (and even ex­ceeded) the per­for­mance of the tra­di­tional 650 twins.

Grand Prix rac­ing hit its peak in 1967 – with the epic 500cc bat­tles – MV Agusta v Honda, Ago v Hail­wood. Honda was also push­ing the bound­aries of tech­nol­ogy in the other GP classes, too – ex­em­pli­fied by the amaz­ing 250-6. While in the States, Gary Nixon re­lied on a good ol’ ohv pushrod twin to win the pres­ti­gious Day­tona 200 on a Tri­umph.

Ladies and gen­tle­men, we give you the class of ’67 – in a sum­mer of love. Gary Pinchin, ed­i­tor classic.bike@bauer­me­dia.co.uk

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