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Performance Bikes February 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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English
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1 min.
welcome

IF, WHEN I joined PB in 2006, someone had told me we’d devote an 18-page special to BMW, I’d have laughed at them. If they’d then told me it would consist of a behind-the-scenes feature on the build of their cutting-edge superbike, an insider’s view of their race engine department where anyone can buy a 220bhp motor, and was finished off with a test of their TT-winning Superstock machine, I’d have told them to stop taking the piss. Ten years ago, the funkiest BMW around was the R1200S, a weirdo boxer twin that felt OK. Now they make the fastest showroom-spec sportsbike money can buy. It’s an epic transformation. We went to BMW’s Berlin plant, where we were granted access to the production line of the 2017 S1000RR. According to features editor…

1 min.
the team

MATT WILDEE EDITOR matt.wildee@pbmag.co.uk This month it’s Cal Crutchlow. His interview starts on p66... SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR simon.russell@bauermedia.co.uk We have had a lot of great racers over the years, but I think it’s Hislop for me. CHRIS NEWBIGGING FEATURES EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk David Jefferies. He called me ‘a useless twat’ when I was 15. I didn’t mind... JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Fogarty: TT winner, WSB champ and a reality TV star now known by your gran! MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Joey Dunlop: I saw dad race him; I raced him when he was 48. He kicked my arse. MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk Jenny Tinmouth. One chat gave big respect but put me off going faster... KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Joey. Attitude and charity work show racers don’t have to be arrogant twats. JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Joey every time. I painted my bike in the same colours as his a few TTs ago. CHRIS WALKER COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Whitham, for his determination on…

13 min.
training the beast

2017 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R CHRIS NEWBIGGING I’VE ALWAYS WANTED to like the 1290 Super Duke, to recommend it ahead of more ‘ordinary’ rivals. But I haven’t been able to. Sure, a naked with more power than the deified GSX-R1000 K5 and a true 100lbft of torque is always going to be fun, but a few glaring flaws ruined the £14,000 supernaked for me. The Tuono V4 1100 outdoes it as a supernaked dream bike, the S1000R and MT-10 offer a more polished package for less at the expense of a little individuality. The KTM was good, but there were plenty of reasons to buy something else. But it’s three years old now, and every manufacturer has had their development hand forced by Euro 4 emissions and noise regulations. They’ve got…

1 min.
want more speed?

1 WP ROAD COMPETITION FORK CARTRIDGE KIT One major benefit is the addition of preload adjustment. The standard forks aren’t bad, but Qatar is smooth. Finer adjustment might be needed on UK circuits for different riders. Cost: £1341 2 WP SUPER COMPETITION SHOCK The usual aftermarket shock benefits – more and better adjustment. But WP develop their upgrades alongside the original equipment parts, so a lot of development miles have been put into this particular fitment. The extra rear ride height makes a noticeable difference to confidence in the front tyre. Cost: £1055 3 RACE SEAT UNIT/ PILLION COWL Not much use on the road – the glassfibre rider/ pillion seat replacement only has a thin layer of foam, though it doesn’t require removal of the rear light so it’s easily interchangeable. Assists in, feel, mobility, and…

6 min.
more street, more fighter

‘The new MT-09 looks mad and likes to go bonkers – it’s certainly no shrinking violet’ ENGINE The MT-09’s triple is now Euro 4-compliant and comes with a slip-assist clutch, three riding modes (A, STD, B), three-stage traction control (off, 1, 2) and a quickshifter. CHASSIS The 41mm USD forks are now fully-adjustable (left leg for comp, right for rebound). Shock is the same as the XSR900’s and adjustable for preload and rebound damping. STYLING 5mm higher rider’s seat, 13mm longer pillion perch. Licence plate hanger is swingarm-mounted. Plastics are more anglar,and there are four LED front lights. 2017 YAMAHA MT-09 JON URRY WHEN THE ORIGINAL MT-09 appeared in 2013 it impressed with its feisty three-cylinder engine and bargain price tag. But it was far from perfect. Cursed with an abrupt throttle connection and suspension that was too…

4 min.
who lost all the pies?

2017 KAWASAKI Z650 ADAM CHILD THE NOW DECEASED Kawasaki ER-6n wasn’t a bad bike; far from it. When it was launched in 2005, UK test centres snapped up the first models for learners to wobble around car parks on. Over the years, Kawasaki tried to iron out the vibrations and make the learner-friendly 650 more desirable by tweaking the design. It had more facelifts than Stallone. In 2012 it was given a new lease of life with the introduction of the new 650 Lightweight class at the TT. Kawasaki’s ER-6 has dominated, taking every podium spot at the TT since 2012. I was one of those who entered the new Lightweight class, and tried to convert the ER into a racebike. It was an excellent learner bike, but it wasn’t a natural…