1967. The Summer of Love. Hippy culture was kicking back big time. Mind expanding bands like Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Country Joe and the Fish and The Rolling Stones were finding their voice. And in motorcycling, things were changing, too. Traditional British bikes were coming under fire from the Japanese industry with exciting new lightweight two-strokes that matched (and even exceeded) the performance of the traditional 650 twins. Grand Prix racing hit its peak in 1967 – with the epic 500cc battles – MV Agusta v Honda, Ago v Hailwood. Honda was also pushing the boundaries of technology in the other GP classes, too – exemplified by the amazing 250-6. While in the States, Gary Nixon relied on a good ol’ ohv pushrod twin to win the prestigious Daytona 200 on a Triumph. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the class of ’67 – in a summer of love.
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The 1967 Senior scrap between Mike Hailwood on a Honda and MV Agusta’s Giacomo Agostini is rightly revered as one of the best TT races ever.
AS GOOD AS IT GETS
Suzuki’s Super Six-based TC250 was a street scrambling sensation in ’67. This one’s as period-perfect as you’ll find.
HOME ON THE RANGE
Triumph offered American buyers seven models in 1967 – and Dave Smith has one of each. Is he American? No. Does he live in the States? No. Is he obsessive? Well, now you mention it...