After that, we seem to have had a nostalgia gap for a few years, and then Honda introduced its lovely 1989 GB500 Tourist Trophy single, the “GB” being code for “Great Britain.” This tribute to the classic British single had Black Green Metallic paint, gold pinstriping, humpbacked seat, clip-on bars, and many exquisite forged parts, with hints of Gold Star, Manx, and Velo Thruxton melded into a fun, light motorcycle. That didn’t leak oil. Or break your leg. The only disappointing element was the borrowed XR-based engine, which had a somewhat utilitarian look and feel, like something out of an air-conditioning unit. The GB500 was well engineered and relatively affordable though. Liberating, in other words, to those whose Anglophilia had so often been mixed with roadside despair.