CW 25 Years Ago: October, 1989


Cycle World magazine October 1989 cover 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
Cycle World Ten Best Bikes October 1989 page layout 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.
October 1989 Honda motorcycles ad with Courteney Cox

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