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Performance Bikes April 2017

Performance Bikes is the magazine that helps YOU get the most from your very fast motorcycle. Every issue of PB comes PACKED with... - Exclusive stories on the best modified bikes in the world - Real-life experiences, journies and road-trips from our team of expert writers - Real-life stories from YOU, our readers - Road tests you can trust - Fab photography and a sense of humour that'll have you smiling as you read If you love fiddling with your bike as well as riding it, Performance Bikes is essential reading.

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PB’S 32-YEAR life has seen huge changes in the sportsbike world: the cutting-edge is now 200bhp, not 100bhp. Sticky tyres are radial, not cross-ply, and ABS and traction control are now performance-enhancing friends, not fun-killing enemies. Side by side, the first and most recent issues of the mag are nearly unrecognisable. Yet beyond the obvious advances of time, some things don’t change: as I become the latest lunatic in charge of the PB asylum, we’re getting excited about a GSX-R again. The first 750 Slabbie rocked our world in ’85, and it feels like we’ve waited forever to ride the new 1000. But it was worth it – it’s better than ever, and is a real contender now. Our GSX-R launch special begins on p20. The first issue of PB starred a…

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the team

CHRIS NEWBIGGING EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk Iannone, I hope. He’ll be out to prove something, and to humilate Ducati. AUSTIN SMITH ART EDITOR austin@pbmag.co.uk Maverick Vinales – his race simulation times on worn tyres look ominous. JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Lorenzo – he’s got a point to prove, and the Ducati is coming good. MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Either of the Ducatis: they’ve got big power for Qatar’s 1km-long straight. MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk Racer thrive on carrots, so Lorenzo. He has a carrot, and I don’t mean his nose. JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk I’d have to say Rossi – he looks like the most consistent package just now. KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Bradley on the KTM. Look, fellow ginge Trump won – anything could happen... CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caz@pbmag.co.uk Rossi, obviously! It’s his year to put the Spaniards back in their place. THANKS TO Marc Abbott, Rupert Paul, Simon Hargreaves, Steve Hicken, James Sharpe, Adam Shorrock, Mashby, and Matt Wildee…

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v4 to replace v2 for ducati’s superbike

IT MIGHT SOUND like blasphemy to hardcore Ducatisti, but Ducati’s grande formaggio Claudio Domenicali has straight-up admitted they’re building a Desmosedici-based road/WSB bike. He came out with the revelation at the launch of the 2017 MotoGP bike, saying: “The engine development we have made in MotoGP has been exceptional. We have an engine which is very reliable, very light, compact and has a lot of interesting technology. We are seriously thinking of introducing it to regular customers as it is a masterpiece of engineering.” He added that the Pani will race into the 2018 season, and the new bike will be pitched a ‘premium price,’ though it won’t be a £70k investment piece like the Superleggera. Expect an homologation model around the Pani R’s £30k mark, and larger volume, cheaper models below that. The…

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sexy bott

This is the Bottpower XR1 212, built for 125/250GP rider Stefano Carrachi as a rolling demo for the firm’s parts. Carrachi’s new performance part shop in Bologna will flog the Italian go-faster custom builder’s gear, so he specced his own version of their kit-bike XR1. Buell’s XB12 donates a motor, swingarm and bugger-all else. A new titanium frame is separated from Rotobox carbon wheels by Öhlins forks and shock, and treated to a full Brembo radial brake set-up and titanium wheel spindles. Switchgear is MotoGPstyle, with Smartie-coloured buttons; bodywork is carbon. If you want something similar, you’ll need at least 20,000 Euros and to head to www.bottpower.com.…

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mad max goes zero-emissions

This 140mph Energica Evo has been given a makeover from hipster twerps Apache Custom Motorcycles of Verona, Italy. But without exhausts to lag, and most of the Italian electronic sportsbike’s structure being the crucial batteries/motor, they’ve not been able to truly fuck it up. Although they’re calling it an electric streetfighter, it’s nothing of the sort: it’s the standard running gear extricated from the typically Italian standard bodywork, and repackaged in a late-70s endurance-style bodyset. To our eye, it’s just a coating of Outback dust away from being the perfect modern mount for Toecutter from 1979 dystopian film Mad Max. He’d struggle to hijack a fresh charge at the roadside, though...…

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fast news

GUY MARTIN ON THE MUGEN Guy’s TT return on Honda Racing Fireblades will be supported by a ride in the TT Zero race on the Mugen Shinden. He’ll be partnering our man John McGunness on the 120mph-lapping ’leccy sportsbikes. MCN FESTIVAL TEST RIDES Most of the major manufacturers will have a demo fleet available at the MCN Festival on May 13/14. If you fancy back-to-back test rides, it’s your best opportunity. Details: www.mcnfestival.com UK WINS PI CLASSIC Jeremy McWilliams and Co won the annual Phillip Island Classic International Challenge for the third time in a row this month, with Jezza topping the individual rider table at the Oz circuit.…