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Performance Bikes January 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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English
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H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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In deze editie

1 min.
welcome

THIS MONTH HAS all been about the new bikes unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan – and for me the star of the show is Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000. Despite what Suzuki may say, the last time we saw an all-new big-bore GSX-R was when they unveiled the K5, 11 years ago. And they’ve thrown everything at it. The GSX-R is the first litre bike to have variable valve-timing, a valve-train with finger followers like an S1000RR and F1 cars allows it to rev its head off, and Showa’s top-spec gas forks are bolted to an all-new lightweight chassis. On paper it’s on the pace with anything to come from Japan. Yet some were underwhelmed by the first pictures. They shouldn’t be. When you see the bike outside of the context of…

1 min.
what’s your favourite new bike for 2016?

MATT WILDEE EDITOR matt.wildee@pbmag.co.uk I can’t decide between the new GSX-R1000 and the ZX-10R... SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR simon.russell@bauermedia.co.uk Speed Triple. British bike designed perfectly for British roads. Perfect. CHRIS NEWBIGGING FEATURES EDITOR chris.newbigging@pbmag.co.uk I fancy a few of them, but the XDiavel gave me an unexpected semi-on. JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Kawasaki ZX-10R. It’s what I spent two years trying to make my 2012 bike into. MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk BMW G310 with a basket on the front for Desmo. And bottles of Bathams. MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk MT-10, because it’s about bloody time. Should wheelie like a bastard... RUPERT PAUL CONTRIBUTOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk I’m always drawn to flawed Italians, so it’s the Bimota Impeto for me. SIMON HARGREAVES CONTRIBUTOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk KTM 1290 Super Duke GT: really fast, loads of electronics... and panniers. KAR LEE CONTRIBUTOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk That Yamaha MT-10 thing will be great once they’ve finished styling it. JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Why have a new bike when my old one is still the fastest thing…

5 min.
new suzuki gsx-r1000

THE TRICK ONE You could almost miss the extra R. Obvious extras include BFF gas forks and shock over the base model NEW ENGINE The motor is completely new. The bottom end is conventional, but the head is sophisticated ELECTRONIC ABS Same calipers as the current bike, but with clever ABS to help instead of hinder ELECTRONICS No more complaints about missing rider aids. The L7 has got the lot FAMILIAR FACE It’s recognisably GSX-R – Team PB reckons it’s closest to a GSX-R750 K4 TAKING THE LED The GSX-R has full LED lighting. It weighs less, is more compact and draws less energy. Win-win-win BETTER SHAPE Suzuki has slimmed the whole bike down for better aerodynamics. Fairing still looks protective, though BPF OR BFF? The base-model GSX-R1000 has black fork legs, denoting its Showa Big Piston Forks. Only the R will get Showa’s new,…

1 min.
2016 suzuki gsx-r1000r laid bare

1 Two header balance pipes have a butterfly valve that adjusts exhaust behaviour at different rpm 2 Frame and swingarm are fairly ordinary – it still works, so why not? 3 Bodywork is more aerodynamic and facilitates a tighter tuck 4 Ride-by-wire finally reaches Suzuki, bringing TC and launch control 5 Cylinder head has narrow valve-angle and F1-style followers 6 Inlet cam has centrifugally-operated moving lobes for VVT 7 Showa’s BFF gas forks are 2016’s must-have. The R-model has them 8 Gearbox is conventional but assisted with a quickshifter/ autoblipper…

4 min.
yamaha mt-10

A HEAVY HEART Titanium rods and valves are omitted. It’s likely to be lower revving, so it doesn’t need them R1 SUSPENSION It’s the same gear as the R1, with spring and valving changes to suit being a road-oriented bike HOW FAST? Good question: there’s no claims of power, torque or weight yet, so it’s hard to anticipate performance LOWER TECH Sophisticated IMU-controlled riders aids are R1 only: the MT-10 gets more conventional three-stage traction control SIDE ORDER The MT-10 is ready-plumbed for accessories: a 12v socket for heated grips and mounts for luggage on the subframe HEY SHORTY 1400mm wheelbase is very short – 5mm less than the R1, 35-40mm less than comparable nakeds SPECS (EST) POWER 160BHP TORQUE 75LB.FT WEIGHT 210KG YAMAHA HAS FINALLY put a cross-plane inlinefour engine into a naked bike – the positively opinion-splitting MT-10. The MT-10 is based on the more basic R1S recently…

1 min.
mv agusta brutale 800

BEST IN SHOW The sweetest, best-looking bike of 2016, we reckon THE SPECS POWER 115BHP TORQUE 61LB.FT WEIGHT 175KG MV HAVE GIVEN the Brutale an engine, electronics, chassis and styling overhaul. It now makes 115bhp and 61lb.ft of torque, with 90% of the max grunt delivered from 3800rpm. But that’s down 7bhp on before – the extra 2lb.ft of torque may provide small comfort. The exact engine changes have not yet been detailed, but expect fettling of airbox, throttle bodies, cams/timing and exhaust to clean up emissions and stifle noise. MV’s MVICS ride-by-wire and eight-way adjustable traction control remains. A quickshifter/ auto-blipper is standard fit. A revised frame lengthens the wheelbase by 20mm to a still-stumpy 1400mm, and trail jumps from 95mm to 103.5mm. Forks are Marzocchi, the shock is Sachs, brakes are radial-mount Brembo four-pots and 320mm discs. Cosmetically, the bike gets…