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Performance Bikes January 2019

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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THE BEST BIKE in the world? There’s never a clear answer: dyno, speed and track testing data only tell you which bike is technically superior. ‘The best bike in the world is too personal to pin down’ The concept of ‘best’ cropped up a few times this month – firstly in our lighthearted end-of-year awards ceremony. Our choice for ‘Bike of the Year’ wasn’t the priciest or fastest (though it’s hardly cheap or slow). Johnny and I pondered our choices when our longterm test S1000RR and Super Duke R were pried from our fingers: bikes we struggled to fault as they suited us as individuals down to the ground. As 2019’s new models appear, we’re forced to question that all again: variable valve timing, clever aero and even advanced electric bikes rendering all…

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party at rutter’s house

CHRIS NEWBIGGING EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk Crockery in the washing machine AUSTIN SMITH CONTRIBUTOR austin@pbmag.co.uk Staring competition with Belle the chihuahua. Loses MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Regretting opening his home to savages MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk Passed out at 8.45. ‘I love sausage’ marker-penned on forehead JOHN MCAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Relieving himself in pot plants JEREMY MCWILLIAMS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Turns up with three cans of Skol. Drinks the Gran Patron JOHN BENNETT VLOGGER www.youtube.com/lambchoprides Discovers (and steals) Michael’s stash of 1980s porn KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Nicks a TT replica from the mantlepiece (1998 F1, 2nd) CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caz@pbmag.co.uk Writing ‘I love sausage’ on Whitey’s head THANKS TO Michael Rutter (for actually letting us stay in his house). magic hangover-cheating powers of Bathams Best, Faye (bringer of tequila) Ho, baked bean and hash brown rolls.…

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the kaiser’s new clothes

NO MORE WONKY face, or asymmetrical radiator exhaust vents, or... anything that made the S1000RR what it was. There are still four cylinders and a propeller-inspired roundel on the flanks, but that’s it. Frame, engine, suspension, brakes, bodywork, wheels and electronics are new. Headline figures are a claimed 8bhp power increase and 11kg weight loss: assuming those gains to be accurately represented, that would take it to 197bhp at the wheel and 197kg on PB’s scales. The motor is all new: they’ve made it smaller, lighter and more efficient in every regard, but mostly using the same tech – with the exception of Shift Cam, a variable valve timing and lift system on both camshafts. Instead of a one-piece camshaft and lobes, the cam sprockets mount to an internal shaft. The cam lobes…

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expensive, powerful, be-winged panigale v4 r

‘With the approved Akrapovic fitted, crank power is a claimed 234bhp’ GOT £35,000 SPARE? Us neither. Still, the spec sheet of the largely unobtainable Panigale V4 R homologation special makes for impressive reading: a claimed 220bhp/193kg as standard, a 16k redline in gears one to five, and an extra 500rpm of over-rev in sixth. Fit the approved Akrapovic system, and crank power is a claimed 230bhp. Based on our experience of Ducati crank figures vs BSD dyno reality, that’s around 210bhp without pipe/220bhp with. Strewth. There’s the usual carbon stuff bodywork/alloy fuel tank, and the suspension is non-electronic Öhlins with pressurised closed fork cartridges/TTX36 shock. The swingarm pivot is adjustable, the rider aids now include a pitlane limiter. Slight confusion surrounds the clutch, however: road bikes have been revealed with a wet…

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the madness of mv’s 212bhp, 190mph naked

‘Power and speed claims are far beyond anything else without a fairing’ THERE’S OBVIOUSLY SOME dicey pharmaceuticals being tossed in northern Italy’s water supply. Attempting to upstage the Panigale V4R in the terror and intimidation stakes is the Brutale Serie Oro, with power and speed claims far beyond anything else without a fairing to cower behind. The engine is a continued evolution of the F4’s motor, itself with a lineage traceable back to 1999 and the first F4. It’s now semi-dry sump, with the oil reservoir separated from moving parts for reduced frictional losses. New fixed intake ducts are claimed to negate the need for variable length intakes (as fitted before), and save a kilo. The CNC-machined combustion chamber is reprofiled, cam timing is changed, and lower friction piston rings have been employed.…

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fireblade gets electronic fixes

PB COPPED SOME flak in 2017 for being the only mag to criticise the Blade’s electronics packages (in public anyway; others held similar opionions but weren’t prepared to share them with the whole class). Throttle response/behaviour, overzealous ABS and wheelie control and restrictive traction control were the key concerns. We (and owners) also found the system’s inability to adapt to different tyres would also send them into a tailspin. But for 2019, it’s getting a rocket up its IMU: wheelie control is now separate from traction control, and adjustable. The throttle butterfly motor now responds 45% faster to eliminate the feeling of disconnect and erratic response by responding more directly to the ride-by-wire twistgrip, and Mode 1 has more aggressive mapping for better corner exits. ABS intervention is reduced above 75mph. There are…