1989

Macken­zie shines at the GP, side­cars were ace and we weren’t talk­ing about the Poll Tax… ‘RGV250 could be bought new for £3600. Mind you, it’s still £8200 in to­day’s money’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

The sum­mer of 1989 was, for many, the drug-fu­elled sum­mer of love. The cliché says that rave culture was at its peak, but for those of us who weren’t pill-ad­dled vic­tims it was also a fan­tas­tic time for mo­tor­cy­cling.

This week­end, 28 years ago, we basked in the Au­gust heat­wave con­di­tions to watch the Bri­tish Grand Prix, and en­joyed roads clogged with five mil­lion fewer cars than there are to­day.

The mo­tor­cy­cles of the day were great too – two-stroke ma­chines were still at the fore­front of bike sales, and an RGV250 could be bought brand new for £3600. Mind you, that may sound cheap – but it’s still £8200 in to­day’s money… and who had that kind of cash spare with the hated Poll Tax be­ing rolled out across the UK?

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