Five greatest ’80s road/trail bikes. (The Saturday “Classic Marquis Repost”)

the marquis

honda-africa-twin-xrv-650_3 Honda Africa Twin

01-xt750z-supertenere-1989 Yamaha Superteneré

BMW R80GS PD 84  3 BMW R80 G/S Paris Dakar

Suzuki DR750S 88  1 Suzuki Dr Big

Aprilia Tuareg 600 wind 88 Aprilia Tuareg 600 Wind

The ’80s luckily were not just the Duran Duran and the shoulder pads. It was also the decade that gave birth to the big road/trail bikes that later went to dominate the world. Sure the then new Paris-Dakar race was the start of everything: soon big trails were all around us, in city streets, often never venturing out of tarmac. And they were really beautiful and competent bikes, with a functional design: capable chassis, quite powerful engines, reliability, high seats, off-road talent. And garish red, white, blue and orange decals.

HONDA AFRICA TWIN – Ah…those double round headlights and those colours! What a beauty. Born in 1988, vaguely based on the NXR that won many Dakars, this liquid-cooled Vtwin is probably one the best ’80s bikes, and I’m not talking just about trails…

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