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Performance Bikes July 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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HUGE WEIGHT LOSS is the best way to make your bike better. Whatever your skill, whatever you use it for, losing weight will have a pronounced effect on every facet of performance. It’ll go, stop and turn better, be easier to ride, use less fuel. But we’ve said that for years: readers like SP-2 owner Jay Mounteney have practiced what we’ve preached for a while now (see his lightweight Honda on p63). But now the manufacturers are shedding the kilos: Ducati first with the incredible Superleggera (ridden on p21), and BMW with the HP4 Race, coming later this year. Carbon frames, carbon wheels, titanium parts... They’re going all out to make bikes light as well as powerful. Of course, they’re trinkets for the very rich... for now. But the BMW in particular…

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who’s your tip to be the star of tt 2017?

CHRIS NEWBIGGING EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk Peter Hickman. He’s fast, committed and ready for a podium at least, I think. AUSTIN SMITH ART EDITOR austin@pbmag.co.uk Dean Harrison. He’s on good form, on proven bikes – the recipe for IoM wins. JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Phil Crowe – doing big blokes proud for as long as I can remember. MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk It hurts me, but I gotta say Hutchy. I’ve seen how he’s riding in Superstock. MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk Hickman will do well but Michael Dunlop won’t be beaten for years. JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Probably not that tubby bloke from Morecambe this year... KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Dunlop, because leg dangling looks even weirder on the road than on track. CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caz@pbmag.co.uk I’m behind Hicky too. He deserves a win, just for being a lovely man! THANKS TO K-Tech, Metzeler, No Limits, Hogan, Straightliners. NO THANKS TO Stewart Jackson MP, angling bastards, bees.…

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nicky hayden

LIFE ISN’T FAIR . You make your living riding motorcycles at 200 miles an hour; then tragedy befalls you at 20 miles an hour. No one deserves that, certainly not Nicky Hayden, the good guy of the MotoGP paddock. Think of all those years that the American raced at the sharp end, all those years when Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez were falling out with each other. Nicky cruised through it all, racing as hard as he knew how, often on below-par machinery, and he never fell out with anyone; at least not once he had got back to his motorhome, taken a few deep breaths and calmed down. Nicky stood out from the rest. He came from a family of five kids which had to…

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irish road racing kicks off

McPINT CRASHES OUT Career-threatening crash could see road racing hero out until 2018... at least PB COLUMNIST and TT legend John McGuinness has had to pull out of the TT after a huge accident at the North West 200. The 45-year-old was on a qualifying lap for the NW200’s Superbike race on his Honda Racing Fireblade SP2 when he crashed at Primrose Hill corner. McPint, who was already nursing a broken thumb after a testing crash at Castle Combe, suffered career-threatening injuries in the NW200 crash. A team statement said, “John has a compound fracture to his right lower leg, but it was not possible to plate the leg due to the extent of the injury.” Instead, an external fixator was fitted. “In addition, John suffered four broken vertebrae and three broken ribs.…

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the baron: brendan keirle

FORMER PB TESTER Brendan ‘The Baron’ Keirle has lost his life in a trackside accident at the Nürburgring last month. Full details of the accident are not known, but it is understood he had got out of a car dropping oil and was trying to warn oncoming traffic of the danger when he was hit by another car. As well as being the incredibly talented man behind PB’s ’Ring laptimes, Brendan also ran Sliders Guesthouse near the track, where he was a familiar, friendly and popular figure with both dedicated enthusiasts and first-time visitors – not only for his inch-by-inch knowledge of the circuit and roads around it, but for his warmth, unerring selfless attitude when it came to helping anyone in need, and also his fondness for sharing large amounts of…

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free trackday for pb readers

PB AND DUNLOP are pleased to reveal the date for 2017’s free trackday at Rockingham’s 1.94-mile ‘International’ circuit on August 17. As well as the usual six sessions of fun, expert instruction from one of Dunlop’s top-level international racers (TBC) and the PB team, we’re also introducing the Dunlop Grand Prix Experience – anyone who turns up on a set of the firm’s finest tyres can take advantage of an exclusive garage with paddock stands, tyre warmers and technicians on hand to assist with pressures and other technical advice relating to your rubber throughout the day. You will also be able to take advantage of exclusive tyre offers at the event. To be in with a chance of joining the fun on August 17, you simply have to vist www.performancebikes.co.uk/trackday, fill…