Em­brace the past and hope it’s the fu­ture!

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.