CW 25 Years Ago: December 1990

Cycle World December 1990 magazine cover

Superstars of 1991 gracing the cover included Honda's all-new CBR600F2 and the limited-production Kawasaki ZXR750R, the basis for Team Green's assault in AMA and World Superbike racing. An action photo in the lower right corner is yours truly aboard the Rob Muzzy-built ZX-7 that Doug Chandler rode to claim the '90 AMA Superbike title. As a side note, this was the very day that then Editor-in-Chief David Edwards offered me a full-time associate editor position—a job I couldn't refuse.

Indian Wars of 1991 covered the latest effort to revive the revered American marque with news of a limited-production $100,000 re-creation of the 80ci Indian Chief built in 1952 and 1953, the last years of production for the legendary V-twin. This wouldn't be Indian's final chapter, however, as there were more upstarts to come prior to the historic brand finding a solid and secure home at Polaris.

Race Watch took to the streets of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for the ski community's annual AHRMA-sanctioned vintage races. The Rocky Mountain air saw a blend of bellowing classic four-stroke racers and the aroma of Castrol R as roadracers competed on a temporary street circuit, while vintage motocross, scrambles, and trials took place on the surrounding hillsides. Having competed in this bygone event myself, it remains on my personal list of all-time favorite racing experiences.

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