For kicks, here’s our list of Ten Best winners from the October 1989 issue. Apart from one American and one Austrian, all were from Japanese manufacturers: Best Superbike: Yamaha FZR1000 Best 750cc Streetbike: Suzuki 750 Katana Best 650cc Streetbike: Yamaha FZR600 Best Open Streetbike: Yamaha FJR1200 Best Under-500cc Streetbike: Kawasaki EX500 Best Cruiser: Harley-Davidson Springer Softail Best Enduro: KTM 250 EX-C Best Touring: Honda GL1500 Gold Wing Best Dual-Purpose: Honda Transalp 600 Best Motocross: Honda CR250R
Elsewhere in this issue, our “Built For Speed” cover story featured a Vance & Hines Suzuki GSX-R1249 that hit 173.176 mph on El Mirage dry lake in California’s Mojave Desert. An impressive performance on a day in which a Suzuki GSX-R dragbike blew a head gasket and a turbocharged Yamaha V-Max holed a piston. Our conclusion: “If you really must have more speed, all you have to do is decide how much you’re willing to spend.” Today, a handful of stock bikes can eclipse that Suzuki’s mark by 10 mph. Lastly, on page 6, a young (pre-Friends) Courteney Cox looked right at the camera in a prominent Honda ad and declared: “Guys who go out motorcycling dressed for the beach look dumb, not cool.” As true now as it was then.