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1981 and my biking back catalogue and street riding know-how grows. But even way back then, trail biking in the UK is just too restrictive, especially if you live in the Southeast.
After reading about the California desert racing scene in Dirt Bike, I start preparing my second XT500 for a trip to the Sahara.
Meanwhile Thatcher and unemployment and nuclear sabre-rattling and racial unrest contribute to a nationwide outbreak of rioting, including Brixton, just down the road from our Kennington squat.