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Performance Bikes

Performance Bikes July 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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WELCOME TO THE July issue of Performance Bikes magazine. In this issue we’ve all gone a little bit crazy for Yamaha’s MT-10. Quite simply, we reckon it is the best-value new bike on sale today. At a quid under 10 grand, there is very little out there that can live with it when it comes to performance or presence. It’s far more than just a fettled R1, and a million miles from a sportsbike lash-up without a fairing. You can read Chris’s breathless report on page 43. As I write this, I’ve just come back from an amazing weekend at the Le Mans MotoGP. It has been an embarrassingly long time since I was at a GP and the noise and amazing riding (especially Lorenzo’s) blew me away, as did the ride…

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what’s your favourite new bike of 2016?

MATT WILDEE EDITOR matt.wildee@pbmag.co.uk Triumph Speed Triple R: it’s simply the best B-road bike I’ve ever ridden. SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR simon.russell@bauermedia.co.uk Thruxton R. Looks stunning and the attention to detail is utterly exquisite. CHRIS NEWBIGGING FEATURES EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk MT-10. Brilliant at most things, but especially wheelies. Lots of them. JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk The 959, for growing a set of balls and shaking off the ‘Baby Ducati’ tag. MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Hypermotard 939SP. I’ve already got an 1100 at home, and it needs a playmate... MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk MT-10. The engine, the nakedness, the potential. Oh, and it’s grey and flouro! KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk That MT-10 is ugly, but a crossplane R1 motor in a naked for £10k? Hell yes. JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Honda’s RCV: I’ll never forget riding a pre-production bike up Goodwood hill. CHRIS WALKER COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk The new ZX-10R is a real step up in on-road performance. It’s a beast! CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caroline.barrett2@bauermedia.co.uk I’ve always liked…

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retro mental

2016 YAMAHA XSR900 MATT WILDEE YAMAHA’S NEW XSR900 melds hipster-pleasing looks with a level of nimbleness, performance and sheer stunt-ability the beard wax brigade just wouldn’t know what to do with. Derived from the Yamaha MT-09, the XSR has all the hallmarks of a classic budget performance bike. There’s a great engine, sweet steering and the ability and appetite to get up to no good at every opportunity. It’s the same recipe that made Suzuki’s Bandit an icon in the 90s, but with a level of performance a 90s rider could only dream of. That 885cc three-cylinder motor is a sonorous, orgasmatron of a lump, meting out a claimed 114bhp (a real 105bhp at the wheel) with consistency and beautiful fuelling. The CP3 motor is one of Yamaha’s most versatile – and is…

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tamburini’s final masterpiece

BEST OF THE BEST In a surprisingly un-Italian act of non-patriotism, the engine isn’t Italian; it’s the class-leading S1000RR in Superbike spec. GRAND PRIX SPIRIT The finest Öhlins forks and shock prop up the T12. Between them, they account for £20k of expense alone. SINGLES CLUB It’s a Tamburini design, so naturally it has a single-sided swingarm. Stuff rigidity when it looks this good... THIS IS THE T12 Massimo: a glorious, expensive, irrelevant wonder of design in the best tradition of top-end Italian exotica. It represents the final vision of one of the greatest bike designers ever – Massimo Tamburini. The co-founder of Bimota, designer of the 916, and chief designer during MV Agusta’s rebirth died two years ago from lung cancer, but before the disease got the better of him, he penned the T12, and…

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retro rocket

TANKED UP The original fuel tank has been cut and extended for the bulky endurance look, and left in a bare, brushed finish. COOL FACTOR Stock engine possibly doesn’t need the endurance-spec rad, but it does look good exposed under the half-fairing. BATTERY Old endurance bikes had exposed, strapped-in batteries for quick changes on total-loss electrics systems. HIPSTERS ARENT ALL bad; sometimes, they don’t take a perfectly good bike and ruin it. The BMW S1000RRpowered Optimus Praem is a shining example – French firm Praem, with the backing of BMW, have achieved a perfect retro aesthetic without pretention or superfluous detail. It’s just right – and it’s faster than stock, too. Sylvain and Florent Berneron are 20-something Parisians who grew up around racebikes, and lap up the style of bikes built decades before their birth. The silhouette…

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mcguinness immortalised on morecambe mortar

THE WALL OF a house has been used to pay tribute to Morecambe’s road racing legend, John McGuinness. The two-story tribute to McG, drawn by artist Ben Tallon, can be found on the side of Colin Brown Gents Hairdressers, which is on 24 Victoria Street, Morecambe, LA44AH if you fancy a looksie. The detail is outstanding, and it’s worth a detour if you’re on the way to Heysham Port for the Isle of Man TT. RACING MOVES... DANI STAYS Dani Pedrosa stays at Repsol Honda for two more years, rewarding a strong performance as second rider. SO DOES DOVI Dovisioso is also confirmed as stationary in the Ducati MotoGP team. He’ll partner Jorge Lorenzo in 2017. VINALES JUMPS Maverick Vinales is a confirmed signing for the factory Yamaha team, replacing Jorge Lorenzo. REA STAYS Johnny Rea has signed a new…