THIS WEEK IN... 1985
The world loved two-strokes and Wayne Gardner. It still doesé ‘BMW’S HP4 race has lower wet weight than the Suzuki RG500 and more than double the power!’
In June 1985, motorcycling was still two- stroke mad. This week saw the launch of both the Suzuki RG500 and the Honda NS400R – the high watermark of two-stroke race-reps.
It was an exciting time and MCN carried breathless reports from the likes of Mat Oxley and Jim Lindsay extolling the virtues of two-stroke riding and our designers got busy drawing diagrams of ever-increasingly complicated power-valve systems. We even had huge adverts for assorted brands of two-stroke oil.
There were some amazing bargains to be had in our classified section too, especially for (at the time out of fashion) classic British metal. How does a tidy 1967 Triumph Bonneville café racer sound for a mere £350? Sadly, the Mcn-branded time machine is having a new fluxcapacitor fitted at the moment or we’d be there with loose change…