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’
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?