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Performance Bikes June 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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1 min.
welcome

THERE’S LITTLE greater satisfaction than a project well done, in our book. Our 2008 Fireblade started life as eBay’s least desirable CBR1000RR, but six months later our big-miler has been turned around – it’s now a simply brilliant road/track bike. It was a tense moment waiting to find out how it matched up to the four bikes kicking off our new-look Rutter Test at Donington, but the outcome vindicated our faith in 5-10-year-old sportsbikes, some graft from Whitey, and a bit of British knowhow to make it sing. Rutter’s test of the new GSX-R and Fireblade against the R1 and S1000RR starts on p34: it’s followed by the reckoning for the PB Blade on p49. Another standout project bike this month is Paul Milbourn’s titanium-framed Guzzi. Not since the MGS-01 racer has…

1 min.
what was your worst ever bike project?

CHRIS NEWBIGGING EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk My CG125 racer only ran right for team mates, then it’d die just before I got on. AUSTIN SMITH ART EDITOR austin@pbmag.co.uk I’ve been restoring an NC30 for nine years. Progress has been ‘a little slow’. JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk My RGV’s progress is embarassing, but I will get it done (no, you won’t – CN). MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Any number of sponsorship deals I’ve had to chase money up for... MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk AR80: £1700 on the engine work alone, £600 to get the tank painted... JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Sitting down to write my autobiography. Shit me, that was a bit of work... KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk My ’03 CBR600RR: take a classy bike, add white wheels. What was I thinking? CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caz@pbmag.co.uk My 2000 R6: wrote it off at Cadwell, spent more than it was worth fixing it. THANKS TO No Limits trackdays, James Harpham, Rockingham Forest Wheelers,…

2 min.
free trackday for pb readers

PB AND DUNLOP are pleased to reveal the date for 2017’s free trackday on 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 tyres throughout the day. You’ll 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 in…

1 min.
big numbers beemer

JUST AS WE were going to press, PB’s cruise to the deadline was interrupted by news of the launch of the BMW HP4 Race at the Auto Shanghai show. Regular readers will recall former editor Wildee discussing future tech with BMW Motorrad’s top brass at the beginning of the year. Now here it is incarnate. The HP4 Race boasts an all-carbon frame tipping the scales at just 7.8kg. This is a key contributor to the bike’s all-up wet weight of a puny 171kg, making it lighter than a WSB bike and putting it in the same bracket as a MotoGP factory prototype. Combine that with a World Superbike-spec engine punting out a rudely healthy 215bhp @ 13,900rpm and 88.51lb.ft @ 10,000rpm and you’re looking at some serious potency. There’s plenty of carbon…

1 min.
john and guy’s testing woes

PB’S PAST and present columnists have been in the wars in testing for the start of the road racing season. It all started when McGuinness hurt his thumb testing Honda’s new Fireblade at Castle Combe. The 44-year-old TT legend crashed his Blade approaching the Esses and had to attend hospital. “When I told the nurse I was a bike racer, she asked if I knew Guy Martin,” McPint said. After that, the two team-mates headed to Japan to test the latest version of Mugen’s electric TT racer. Guy will be joining the team this year and thanks to John’s injuries, GM did the majority of the testing. However, Guy was to suffer the first crash of the Mugen project. With the Honda still in development, the electric race could be both…

1 min.
suzuki gsx-rs: just too damn sexy

A MAN IN his 30s has appeared in court accused of having sex with a Suzuki. Kevin Chapman pleaded not guilty, claiming he remembers dropping his trousers, but not the sexual act. He was also accused of criminal damage and of kicking, punching and pushing the bike. He denies the claims and says drink and drugs were involved. No shit... Also in the last month, a man in Thailand has been accused of having sex with three bikes after cutting slits in their seats. CCTV footage shows him sizing up one moped on a university campus, before cutting a hole in the vinyl and doing his business for two minutes.…