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Performance Bikes January 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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DUCATI’S SUPERLEGGERA, BMW’S HP4 Race and Norton’s V4 SS are the new poster bikes of our generation. The latest family of superlight, super-powerful, super-trick superbikes are truly something to behold, and I’ve travelled all over Europe to find out more about them. Despite being mega-money beasts, all three could have a direct effect on the shape of mainstream sportsbikes to come. I headed to Milan to speak to the Ducati and BMW design bosses about their new bikes. Both of them raved about carbon-fibre and its use in chassis construction, and both of them expressed hope that in the future carbon-framed sportsbikes will be as common as aluminium is now. Then I headed to the NEC to have a look at the Norton V4 – an amazing, beautiful thing. It’s a bold…

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the team

MATT WILDEE EDITOR matt.wildee@pbmag.co.uk Norton NRS588. I was moved by seeing Trevor Nation on one as a kid. SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR simon.russell@bauermedia.co.uk Street Triple is in with a shout but a ride on a Rocket Gold Star clinches it. CHRIS NEWBIGGING FEATURES EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk Triumph Daytona 675. There’s never been a better bike from this country. JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk The Ariel Ace. Just look at it... apart from the engine – that’s Japanese. MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk BSA Bantam. It was the ultimate babe-magnet when I was a teenager. MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk A GEM minimoto I used to race. It was beautiful but always tried to hurt me. KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk My old Street Triple R. I did more wheelies on that than any other bike. JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk The Triumph Daytona 600 I raced at the TT for Jack Valentine in 2003. CHRIS WALKER COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk My old BSA Gold Star café racer. I had to…

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basic instinct

SWINGARM Completelyredesigned to reduce the wheelbase by 26mm. The onlythingin common with the old Monster’s swingarm is that it is cast from aluminium. FUEL TANK Holds one litre less of unleaded in the name of aesthetics. Key to the Monster’s redesign was making it more compact and narrower. Something had to give,and it was tank capacity. Our test bike needed refuelling after 160km of slow mountain switchbacks at altitude, but on UK roads, we’ll see better economy. TFT DISPLAY Full colour TFT displayhas a new readout for each rider mode. ‘Urban’ mode shows the speed and time of day, with no rev counter. ‘Touring’ mode displays everythingevenly. ‘Sport’ mode has a large rev counter and gear p position with a small speed readout. It switches to ‘Night Mode’ automatically. HEADLIGHT Neat, compact, and uses an LED strip…

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norton v4 ss

BRITISH HEART Euro 4-compliant V4 makes 200bhp and will be as compact as possible. Oil filter is side-mounted to move engine further forward. Assembled in the Midlands by blokes called Barry or Dave. CHASSIS Lighter than Norton’s TT racebike and put together with a selection of billet pieces and extrusions, it’s also made in Leicestershire. It looks beautifully made, but we’d still take a Scotchbrite pad to all that polishing... TOP-END ELECTRONICS The bike will have full datalogging, with laptimes, maximum lean angle, speed, and braking. It’ll also have a rear-view camera instead of mirrors. SUPERCAR DESIGN CUES Norton design boss Simon Skinner says that he’s taken design cues from British supercars, from the likes of Aston Martin and McLaren. We also see a bit of Panigale and RSV4... AFTER FIVE YEARS racing at the TT and long…

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‘it’s no nemesis’

“This isn’t the first time a company bearing the Norton name have unveiled a high-end superbike. Involving a 1500cc V8 and a 750cc four, the late-90s Nemesis and Manx projects were hugely over-ambitious, under-funded and could only end in acrimony. A shower of shit. “But this is a totally different company and all the V4 shares with the Nemesis is a rear-view camera. There’s less dreaming here – this is a company with a proven history of bike manufacturing. Although Norton’s teething troubles and cash-flow problems have been documented, customer satisfaction has improved in parallel with more funding. “The real challenge faced here will be a small manufacturer jumping through all the hoops for Euro 4 approval and getting the complex electronics and ride-by-wire mapping to work as well as we expect.”…

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honda fireblade

WEIGHTING GAME While Honda have given, they’ve also taken away, replacing the titanium tank with plastic, though it only weighs 1kg more than an SP. DEFYING MARKETING LOGIC by saving the least till last, Honda have revealed details of the third new Fireblade of 2017, the base-model CBR1000RR. So while we’re still drinking in the top-spec details of the Fireblade SP and race homologation SP2 shown a month ago, now we also have the standard-issue CBR to bring us down to earth. But hopefully not by too much. As expected, the base Blade misses out on the SP and SP2’s semi-active Öhlins NIX30 forks and TTX36 shock – instead making do with the manually adjusted 43mm Showa Big Piston forks and BFRC shock the Blade has used since 2012. However, many riders will…