Embrace the past and hope it’s the future!
Nostalgia may be the sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past, but it is more accessible and socially acceptable now than it’s ever been.
With digital TV and radio it’s never been as easy to watch Dad’s Army (if you really want to), or listen to music from the 70 or 80s (who can resist a bit of Duranduran – no really?). And while some still scoff at those of us who don spectacles of the rose-tinted variety now and then – it seems vaguely normal to now spend at least a little time looking backwards.
Two-strokes are the Absolute 80s of the bike world. The machines that cackled, coughed and smoked their way into our souls. And there they have remained. Not as many of us own one now as we did back then, but as many wish we did. Our celebration of the greatest two-strokes this week (from p26) evokes fond memories but also suggests that maybe, just maybe two-strokes aren’t done yet.
Suter have built a credible smoker for today and KTM are working hard to find a way to get two-strokes environmentally friendly. So two-strokes aren’t gone – and they are most definitely not forgotten. But if you want one (new or used), break open the piggybank now as prices seem to only be going one way. ANDY CALTON