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Performance Bikes August 2016

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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1 min.
welcome

WELCOME TO THE August issue of PB. It’s been a month of fantastic privilege – one that editor Matt has all but missed, because he cleared off on holiday for most of it. So not only did the rest of us have all the fun, but I’m also stepping into the breach to tell you about the amazing month we had producing PB... Our regular road tester and road-race legend Michael Rutter was gobsmacked by the performance, poise and peerless quality of Honda’s racer-on-the-road, the RC213V-S. The race-kitted roadbike he got to try on the Isle of Man blew him away. Read his test on p42. Elsewhere in the world of dream bikes, I rode one of mine this month: a cutting-edge, two-stroke 500 V4. Suter’s MMX500 (p28) got off to a…

1 min.
what’s your money-no-object bike?

MATT WILDEE EDITOR matt.wildee@pbmag.co.uk Mine would be a Suzuka 8-hour-spec Honda RC45 and a pile of HRC spares SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR simon.russell@bauermedia.co.uk Two Desmos. One to ride, another for the living room. Who needs a telly? CHRIS NEWBIGGING FEATURES EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk Gardner’s ’88 NSR500, cos it’s violent and sexy, just like me. (Twat – MW) JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Superlegerra, it’s as rare as hen’s teeth, but I’d be happy with an RSV4 Factory MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk My old HRC BSB Fireblade. Nothing has come close in quality or engineering MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk I’d have to build it myself but a 230bhp BMW S1000XR‘R’. I know, I’ve changed KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk A pink CG125 with a sidecar and some leather panniers. With tassels JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk An RCV. I need to get one written into my next contract, eh, Mr Honda? CHRIS WALKER COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk I want to buy a Suter. If I can get a test…

9 min.
tt 2016 the stories that matter

‘Dunlop smashed the Superbike race record by 1m, 15s’ 1 Duelling Dunlop and Hutchy dominate The ever-growing rivalry of the TT’s fastest riders THE ROW ABOUT pistons and a Senior TT press conference spat (page 12) threatened to overshadow the incredible performances of both Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson. Both rode similar S1000RRs in the Superbike and Supertock classes, and Yamaha R6s in the Supersport events, as they fought out a titanic duel during both practice and race week. 23-times winner John McGuinness referred to himself as “the best of the rest” as he was forced to watch the younger duo ride off into the distance. The pair treated practice week like a Superpole session as their tit-for-tat battle saw unofficial lap records smashed. On the final evening of qualifying, Hutchy went faster than McGuinness’s year-old…

3 min.
hardcase nutcase

2016 KTM SUPER DUKE GT JOHN McAVOY heads and internals that arouse me. I spent last summer on a Super Duke R, and its power delivery lacked refinement. In isolation, you wouldn’t notice it, but ride an R back to back with a Ducati Monster and the delivery feels almost agricultural. The GT’s new cylinder heads, crankshaft and revised engine mapping work together with a new Euro 4-compliant exhaust. The engine is literally and metaphorically cleaner in its power production, with all the hallmarks of the Super Duke R, including an excess of power and torque that renders first gear useless. coals and let it rev right through. But in the GT there is a smoothness and refinement that is lacking in the R. If the engine is exactly like a Super Duke’s,…

3 min.
new stuff

BESPOKE | GERMAN | BOINGY WILBERS 643QS SHOCK ABSORBER Germany’s Wilbers shocks, from the base model Ecoline (starting at £295) to the top-of-the-range 643QS (from £950), are all hand-built to each customer’s spec. When you place your order, Wilbers will ask your weight, whether you take a pillion, what you intend to use the bike for (track or road) and then tailor the shock to your requirements. The 643QS has 22 clicks of rebound, high and low-speed compression adjustment, variable spring preload and ride height. Plus, every Wilbers shock comes with a five-year warranty and is fully rebuildable. Price: From £950 Contact: www.revsracing.co.uk The shocks have a two-week turnaround, however you can shorten this for a small additional charge. SPRING The standard spring gcolour choices are black or blue, but you can specifya unique colour for…

1 min.
‘here’s my take on pb’s project tl-r’

SUZUKI TL1000R DAVE CAMPBELL “IT LOOKS TIDY and standard at first glance and 20 feet away, but get closer and you start to notice all the time effort that I’ve put into this bike. There’s a QB Carbon self-supporting carbon seat unit (all paint and no decals, by Paint Supremacy of Lincoln) and a QB Carbon extended bellypan. At the back is a Metmachex single-sided swingarm, Ducati 916 hub built up from eBay parts, and a Ducati Monster S4 Marchesini rear wheel. “The suspension is sorted with a Maxton shock conversion and Maxton re-valved GSX-R1000 K5 forks with a GPR steering damper. It’s got a full Yoshimura exhaust system (had to buy four systems off eBay America before I had enough parts to put together a decent and undamaged system). “The braking is sorted…