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Performance Bikes December 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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THIS MONTH HAS been all about new metal – and proof that after a few years in the doldrums Japanese bike manufacturers are back at the top of their game. The latest bunch of bikes from Japan are exciting enough to get everyone in the office looking at finance deals and wondering how they can get hold of gran’s inheritance before she pops her clogs. The first is the new Fireblade SP. It’s a proper upgrade, with more electronics than Currys, a massive weight saving (with a titanium fuel tank) adding up to a 15kg reduction and a load more power. My other star is the new GSX-R1000, which is just as special. Suzuki have thrown the kitchen sink at it. Its final spec isn’t surprising (we saw the concept bike last…

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the team

MATT WILDEE EDITOR matt.wildee@pbmag.co.uk MT-10SP. The best big naked now gets R1M suspenders! SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR simon.russell@bauermedia.co.uk I’m very excited about the deals on old pre-reg bikes... CHRIS NEWBIGGING FEATURES EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk GSX-R1000R: it’s solid proof that Suzuki are back in the game. JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Honda Fireblade. All it needed was a little extra power... MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk I reckon the new R6 is going to be a real screamer. MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk See Chris’s answer. The new GSX-R was long overdue! KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk I’m warming to the back-friendly nature of the 939 Supersport. JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk The Fireblade SP2 will give me that little bit extra at the TT. CHRIS WALKER COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk The ZX-10RR. It’s great to have an homologation Kawasaki again. CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caroline.barrett2@bauermedia.co.uk The new R6 – I loved my old Rossi-rep 5EB! SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR GUY COULON TECH 3 YAMAHA MotoGP’s elder statesman invites PB into Tech 3’s inner sanctum, to reveal what makes a GP…

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racing: who goes where in ’17

WITH THE MAJORITY of MotoGP seats filled before this season’s halfway point, thanks to Rossi opting again for Yamaha and Lorenzo huffily signing for Ducati as long ago as April, we missed out on the traditional silly season of speculation. Some paddock wags even suggested re-starting the season in July with 2017 teams and riders. Marquez’s decision to stay at Honda and keep countryman Pedrosa alongside him suits everyone. For most of the season the Honda, with a backwards-spinning crank limiting top speed, new Michelin tyres unsuited to Marquez’s riding style and with the team apparently slow to optimise new, limited, engine management software, was supposed to be a nail no-one could win on. Three quarters of the way through the season, Marquez, Pedrosa, Miller and Crutchlow had all won races…

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move over, wsb brits?

THIS YEAR SAW another Brit-dominated season, with home-grown riders winning 23 of 24 rounds at the time of writing – Jonathan Rea with at least three fingers on the title, and Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies contesting second and third. But 2017 will see stiffer foreign competition. Marco Melandri returns to ride for Ducati with on-form Davies, having pissed off Aprilia’s GP team by effectively going on strike in 2015. MotoGP refugee German Stefan Bradl pitches up at Honda with Nicky Hayden on the new Fireblade. As 2011 Moto2 champ, he knows a thing or two about winning on production-based bikes. Cloggie Michael van der Mark must have seen the new Blade’s specs and decided it wasn’t for him, so hooks up with Alex Lowes at Crescent Yamaha on the Pata R1. Kawasaki Racing…

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shakey’s staying put...

WITH SHAKEY BYRNE wrapping up a fifth title, pipping returnee Leon Haslam, the 2017 BSB roster is, at this stage, speculative. Champ Shane Byrne will stick with Be Wiser PBM Ducati with team-mate Glen Irwin. Runner-up Leon Haslam has been testing a ZX-10R, probably for Quattro Plant Kawasaki. James Ellison could join Team Traction Control on a Yamaha R1. Possible team-mates are James Rispoli, Michael Laverty or Sylvain Guintoli. Guintoli has also been linked with a new Suzuki team, run by Hawk Racing – as has Josh Brookes, returning from WSB. He has also been linked to a new Yamaha team. Tyco BMW rider Laverty may stay with the team, alongside teammate Christian Iddon. John Hopkins is set to return on a Ducati, with Tommy Hill’s ePayMe Yamaha squad struggling to make the grid.…

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£70k 1299 superleggera. dribble

CARBON WHEELS First use of carbon wheels by a major manufacturer – only a few niche builders have put them on the road before. CHAZ’S BIG PIPE WSB high-level Akrapovic isn’t available for any other Pani – but the ‘1408’ gets it. CARBON CHASSIS The Superleggera 1199 had a magnesium frame; the successor goes further with a carbon frame/swingarm. A NEW CARBON-CHASSIS, ultra-exclusive version of the 1299 Panigale will be revealed at Milan’s EICMA show this month. Project 1408, as it is (but won’t be) called takes the idea of the 2014 1199 Superleggera a stage further. The 1199SL made widespread use of titanium and magnesium to make it lighter than even a WSB bike. Now, leaked shots from an invitation-only website for potential buyers show a new version based on the 1299. It should be even…