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Performance Bikes June 2018

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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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IT’S REFRESHING to get some sub-1000cc bikes in that really make a ride special. Anything sporty less than a litre – faired or naked – has either been either dropped or neglected for some years. Thankfully that’s turning around, and we’ve an issue full of bikes that make you question why you’d want 190bhp. MV are trying to pull themselves out of a few difficult, troubled years with bikes like the Brutale 800RR. Sexy? Tick. Fast? Tick. Good enough? Ask the two Johns: they spent a day with it in the company of the excellent Street Triple RS and MT-09 SP. Meanwhile, one man is fighting the middleweight sportsbike’s corner: Paul Hinchliffe is raising the ire of his paymasters at Triumph by turning the Street Triple 765 into a sportsbike –…

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CHRIS NEWBIGGING EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk Full-volume NWA singalong in the office AUSTIN SMITH ART EDITOR austin@pbmag.co.uk Missending fruity texts to the mother-in-law MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk ‘Accidentally’ climbing into Alec’s bunk in the Bathams truck MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk Leather underpants shipped to the office JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Disturbing Rutter shrine discovery JEREMY McWILLIAMS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Betting on Northern Ireland to win the World Cup JOHN BENNETT VLOGGER www.youtube.com/lambchoprides ‘Size 10 kitten heels’ found in search history KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Yet another ‘I’d like to speak to Carly’ phone call CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caz@pbmag.co.uk Stray Chicken McNugget found under car seat…

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tamburini’s million-dollar bike

MASSIMO TAMBURINI’S last design is to be made a reality by his son. The T12 Massimo is going on sale in a run of 12, priced at a million dollars each. That’s just over £700,000: enough to buy 40 of the S1000RR it takes its engine from... The prototype was revealed last year; Andrea Tamburini announced the run of hand-built production bikes at a car event in Monaco, so they may already be allocated to customers whose wealth is comfortably greater than their level of common sense... You get a lot for the money (as you’d bloody well hope) with the track-only special, starting with a BMW Motorrad Motorsport Type 7.2 motor, which is knocking on the door of 240bhp and only used by the WSB outfit. Be prepared to throw…

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bmw and yamaha’s mass production carbon arrives

BMW AND YAMAHA both revealed production-ready carbon-fibre chassis parts last month. BMW has already dipped a toe in the fibrous water with the HP4 Race, but the megabucks racer can absorb the time and cost of the production method. But the swingarm shown recently (above) costs 25 Euros to produce, and crucially is a one-stage injection moulding process. The design suggests the display part isn’t for the all-new 2019 S1000RR: the simple twin-spar design looks more suited to a derivative of the F850 parallel twin range. The F800R is almost certain to get a revamp with the new motor: a carbon swinger and some other funky stuff to make it a real contender in the tough middleweight naked class seems logical on the face of it. There’s no guessing what Yamaha’s first…

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mcguinness, hutchy and anstey’s cruel luck

THERE HAS BEEN little good news in the final run-up to the 2018 road racing season, starting with Ian Hutchinson, whose 2017 Senior TT injuries look increasingly likely to rule him out of at least the first part of the season, as his external fixator remains in place and his broken leg/ankle struggle to repair enough to even test the Honda Racing bikes he’s signed up to ride this year. Then John McGuinness’s excellent recovery from a similarly battered leg suffered a setback: a cracked ankle required plating and cast his participation in the NW200 and TT into doubt again. But the worst news came from Bruce Anstey: the laidback and likeable Kiwi was diagnosed with tumours on his spine and lungs, as well as a blood clot to the latter. He’ll…

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supercharged kawasaki z900rs

AMONG THE Japan-only exotica and odd concepts at this year’s Tokyo bike show was Doremi’s 150bhp Z900RS special. An MS Sailing supercharger kit and Doremi’s own open 4-4 system are responsible for turning the friendly retro into a laugh out loud threat to your own wellbeing. In addition to a 50% power increase, they’ve adorned it in their own line of accessories to mimic a late-1970s Z1000 Mk II, instead of the rounded Z1-alike standard parts. If you’ve just started sweating into your anorak about a Mk II-rep Zed with 4-4 pipes, hold your pickled onion-tainted breath: they know, it’s just an opportunity for them to tout the exhausts they’ll make available to owners of regular Z-RSs, where they’ll look just dandy.…