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Performance Bikes August 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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WITHOUT ANY HINT of exaggeration, I can guarantee you’ve never read a road test like our TT special Rutter Test. We’ve only just got over the fact we pulled it off ourselves: the two current best production sportsbikes, head to head on a closed TT course, ridden by a race winner, fully datalogged. Our regular Rutter Test at Donington already sets the sort of objective testing standard most magazines just can’t match: this time, we’ve raised the bar so high even we’ll struggle to hit the same peak again... The TT is impressive anyway, but hours poring over the data gathered over a single lap on two ordinary road bikes (plus Michael’s Superstock BMW, as a race bike reference point) have revealed the magic of a proper fast lap in incredible…

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did you see coronation street last night?

CHRIS NEWBIGGING EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk Not last night, not ever. Not as long as there’s a hole in my arse. AUSTIN SMITH ART EDITOR austin@pbmag.co.uk Between working and sleeping, there’s not enough hours in a day for that shit. JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk No, because I have testicles and not post-menopausal ovaries. MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Of course! I never miss an episode. In fact, I’ve got it on series link... MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk Hell no, just look at what it’s done to Rutter... JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk How the hell could I call myself a road racer if I watched that bag of shite? KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk No. It would impinge upon my newfound love of building model railways. CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caz@pbmag.co.uk Even I won’t lower myself to that crap. Hollyoaks, on the other hand... THANKS TO K-Tech, Metzeler, Steam Packet, Simon Crellin, Gary Thompson, Lizzie Kinvig, Robin Croft, Helena, Kimberley and Jo for their…

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michael dunlop drags the gsx-r to the top

‘The big thing for me was to win on a new manufacturer – stop the dominance of BMW, and prove I can win on anything’ MICHAEL DUNLOP and Hawk Suzuki broke BMW’s stranglehold on the big bike classes with a start-to-finish win in the shortened four-lap Senior TT. Despite his form for getting a new bike on the pace, late arrival of the donor road bikes, less than comprehensive factory support and a sub-par outing at the North West 200 suggested they might have run out of time to build a bike capable of squaring up to the might of Motorrad Motorsport. It showed promise when he set the fastest lap of a practice week curtailed by rain and fog, and his 131.1mph opening lap in the Superbike race was the fastest…

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hutchy points the finger at dunlop (tyres, not michael)

A SURPRISE win in the opening Superbike race, finishing off the podium in Supersport, a Superstock win in spite of minimal practice time to adapt to different rubber, and finally his huge crash at the 27th milestone led 16-times winner Ian Hutchinson to point the finger at the Dunlop tyres he requested to use this year. Despite holding off Hickman for the opening win in the Superbike TT, Hutchy claimed he didn’t think it was on the cards at the start. “I was treating it as a six-lap practice – the bike wasn’t right, so I was surprised to have won,” he said. After four Supersport wins in a row, finishing the single 600 race in fifth, over a minute adrift of winner Michael Dunlop, stung for the only rider on a…

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hickman chases podium finish… and gets five of them

PETER HICKMAN made the established TT experts work for their results, finishing runner-up in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races with a brace of thirds in the Supersport and Lightweight to make him the highest points scorer across race week, and the winner of the Joey Dunlop Championship. Hickman opened the week with an impressive charge to second place in the final two laps of the Superbike race, bringing back an 11-second lead to just 1.6s at the Ramsey timing point. But Hutchinson put the hammer down for the final miles, just as Hickman reckons his bike coughed and lost power as it ran on fumes from the Creg, finishing five seconds back, but in front of Dean Harrison. He started the Supersport race on a Triumph Daytona 675, slowly – through…

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honda dream team’s nightmare

HONDA HAD two weeks to bounce back from John McGuinness’s NW200 crash, caused by an as-yet unsolved (or at least unannounced) electronic malfunction. In the name of safety, Guy Martin’s road race bike got the same MoTeC electronics as the BSB bike, which has had more development laps, and not suffered the same potentially dangerous glitches as the Honda kit system. More testing followed: at Castle Combe, and even Elvington runway, trying to tackle the Fireblade’s SP2’s secondary, less contentious issue – speed. It was outpaced by a stock S1000RR road bike on the day. The troubles reached their zenith in the Superbike race: eight miles in, Guy attempted to shift down to slow the bike from 140mph or so into Doran’s bend with engine braking, and got what he later…