This week in ’99
Jefferies and Mcguinness made their mark on the TT while sportsbikes ruled the roads
Eighteen years ago the world was very different. The bestselling bike in the UK was a CBR600, while today Honda don’t even bother making one – they just put a fairing on a middle-ranking naked instead. But it wasn’t just that: the top-class of GPS were 500cc two-strokes, most homes in the UK didn’t have the internet and Facebook, Twitter and Youtube were more than five-odd years from going online.
But biking was brilliant. The summer of 1999 was long and hot and the bikes were very, very good. The 600 class hadn’t disappeared up its own exhaust outlet, 1000cc sportsbikes worked at speeds that normal people could handle and we were all wowed by Suzuki’s allnew, high-speed Hayabusa. People in suits were muttering about new laws, but bikes couldn’t get faster than this, could they?
‘Those who risk nothing, do nothing, achieve nothing, become nothing’ DAVID JEFFERIES NINE-TIMES TT WINNER