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!’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

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…

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