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Performance Bikes December 2015

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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IT’S A GREAT TIME to be involved in sports motorcycling – the amount of amazing, interesting new metal coming through is astounding, there’s a market overflowing with great used bikes plus great kit and grippy rubber. But biking would be poorer without its great characters, and we have two of the biggest involved with PB. John McGuinness is PB’s columnist and the greatest TT rider of the modern era. Every day he lives the dream – outright lap-record holder at the TT, with a shed full of amazing bikes, racing here, there and everywhere and getting up to no good. The other is Guy Martin. Guy’s been a friend of the mag for a decade now. Over this time he’s gone from a super-fast but unknown racer to perhaps Britain’s most famous…

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when was the last time you crashed?

MATT WILDEE EDITOR matt.wildee@pbmag.co.uk 2012, GSX-R750 meets dry stone wall. I stayed on though. Does that count? SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR simon.russell@bauermedia.co.uk Dropped my GSX-R750 riding up a kerb the other day. What an idiot... CHRIS NEWBIGGING FEATURES EDITOR chris.newbigging@pbmag.co.uk Cadwell, September 2014. First lap of a club race. Old, not-quite-warm tyre... JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk PB’s CBR695 18 years ago. There was a car on the wrong side of the road... MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk This year at Brands Hatch BSB, lost the front of the Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-10R MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk KTM125 in Austria chasing KTM’s PR bloke who was German 250 champion RUPERT PAUL CONTRIBUTOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk When I mistook a Ducati 1000SS for a CBR600 and lost the front. Sorry PB! SIMON HARGREAVES CONTRIBUTOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Hopefully I’ll still be around to tell you about my very last crash... KAR LEE CONTRIBUTOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Crashed on the sofa last night after a hard day moderating PB’s forum JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Oliver’s Mount when the…

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kawasaki roll out big guns

‘For a standard road bike it feels so light; it’ll be a step forward on road and track’2015 WSB CHAMPION, JOHNNY REA CUTTING-EDGE RIDER AIDS Bosch’s latest lightweight IMU giving five levels of TC, plus cornering ABS, engine braking and launch control WSB-SPEC FORKS 43mm Showa gas forks keep damping control consistent, by keeping damping force generation away from the piston. Nitrogen charge manages pressure increases in the fork MORE GRUNT AND RESPONSE Revised, lower gear ratios, 20% lighter crank, bigger airbox, revised exhaust system (now made of titanium) means claims of more midrange power and a motor that spins up better COSMETICS New bodywork with more wind protection, wider tail unit, updated dash to show new functions. We quite like the bike in Winter Testing Black, too WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION The new bike’s swingarm is 15.8mm longer than before, and…

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it’s setting the pace

IT’S HEARTENING to see Kawasaki push so hard in developing the new ZX-10R for road riders as well as racers and not just build a homologation bike to improve their WSB bike. The level of detail is impressive. Assuming they’ve done their sums right, the improvement should be big. It isn’t just on the technological pace, it sets it in some areas. We know how much better our 2013 long-term ZX-10R was on the road with a bit more midrange, closer gear ratios and a better shock, all now remedied by Kawasaki. The resurgence of Japan as a sportsbike powerhouse continues. With a predicted new GSX-R1000 on the way and the 2015 Yamaha R1 flying, only Honda are left without a weapons-grade 1000cc sportsbike.…

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britten v1000 wins a race!

ANDREW STROUD GAVE a 20-year-old Britten V1000 a final win last month at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, USA. The bike was in attendance for a 10-strong gathering of Brittens that would have been unforgettable alone, but a last-minute decision by owner Jim Hunter saw Stroud on bike P002. And Bob Robbins, owner of P001 CR, had already secretly planned to enter his bike, so Stephen Briggs made it a two-pronged Britten attack. Robbins told PB: “When Jim Hunter, owner of P002 saw us preparing for Stephen to go out, he sent Andrew out as well. The plan was to surprise the crowd and to start from the pitlane to avoid turn two congestion. They worked through the pack to put on a good show. It was an historic moment.” Andrew Stroud…

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hutchy gets a tyco bmw

Ian Hutchinson will ride for Tyco BMW in the 2016 road racing season as well as in British Superstock. Hutchy stunned the world in the 2015 TT when he took three wins to finally reward four years of pain and hard work recovering from an horrific leg injury. The five-in-a-week record holder was all but written off – many suspected the slow recovery and being forced to such measures as a right-foot shift would override his talent, but a switch from uncompetitive Milwaukee Yamahas to PBM Kawasakis and Keith Flint’s Yamaha R6 saw him pushing hard at the front of every international road race. His persistence and performance has now paid off – he’ll race Tyco’s factory-backed S1000RRs next season in place of William Dunlop. He’ll partner Guy Martin – that’s if racing’s…