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Performance Bikes March 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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1 min.
welcome

WELCOME TO THE March issue of Performance Bikes. This month is all about the launch of two PB icons – the ZX-10R and the Speed Triple. You’ll find a huge amount about the Kawasaki, its evolution and heritage in these pages, so I’m going to talk about the Triumph, instead. Every time I see a Speed Triple it makes me proud to be British. A product of the reborn Hinckley-based Triumph, it’s never been a machine that harks back at ‘retro’ heritage or panders to trendies in waxed cotton jackets with beards. It has always been just what it looks – a ballsy, powerful high-performance streetbike. I’ve just returned from riding the latest model – and it’s the best it has ever been. Loads of small differences combine to make a good…

1 min.
pb’s big question

MATT WILDEE EDITOR matt.wildee@pbmag.co.uk The return of knee-down grip when the sun’s out and no slime! SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR simon.russell@bauermedia.co.uk Changing the oil and cambelts on my Duke so she’s ready for another season CHRIS NEWBIGGING FEATURES EDITOR chris.newbigging@pbmag.co.uk Thrashing more litre bikes on track. The ZX-10R launch was a good start JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Mallory Park. What can I say ? I miss it. My guts don’t miss the cafe though... MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk The TT. The rest of the year is just a countdown to getting back on the IOM MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk Project Bandit. Dry tracks. Sweaty leathers. Elbows out. Shitty pants RUPERT PAUL CONTRIBUTOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk My first ride of summer in skimpy ladies underwear SIMON HARGREAVES CONTRIBUTOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Generally: hot roads, sticky tyres and MotoGP. Specifically: KTM’s 1290 GT KAR LEE CONTRIBUTOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk The last salt spreader and the first sunny trackday JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk I’m always building up to the TT, but the Classic TT on my…

9 min.
british, beefier

2016 TRIUMPH SPEED TRIPLE R MATT WILDEE WITH OVER 100 changes and what could well be the best three-cylinder motor ever produced, Triumph’s new-for-2016 Speed Triple is a blast to ride. It wheelies until you lose concentration, works brilliantly on the road and well enough on the track to embarrass any poorly-ridden sportsbikes The refinement process has made the bike torquier and more powerful. Changes within the motor are widespread and effective, and were implemented for two reasons: firstly to keep pace with the ever-more-stringent demands of Euro 4 emissions regulations and secondly to inject some more life into a five-year old platform by making it snappier, more responsive and more flexible. It’s also had a makeover – there’s revised, sharper styling, a new (sadly smaller) fuel tank, plus lots of detail changes…

5 min.
walker swaps two wheels for three!

YES, WE WERE checking April hadn’t come early as well, but it is true – former WSB race winner, 500GP rider and BSB stalwart Chris Walker really is making the switch to sidecars. “It’s not quite what I expected to be doing in 2016, I’ll admit, but it’s an interesting challenge and a far better option than wasting a year on the wrong superbike, or retiring,” Walker told PB. And as you would imagine from a man who has far from lost his competitive edge, Walker isn’t just going club racing. Driving for the Santander Salt team in the British Sidecar championship, Walker will be at the controls of a Formula 1 sidecar, powered by a Kawasaki ZX-10R engine and housed in an LCR chassis. In the sidecar world, that’s about as trick…

3 min.
new stuff

CONTROLLED | BRITISH QUALITY NITRON NTR RACE PRO SHOCK Nitron’s latest shock for the 2015-on Yamaha YZF-R1 features three-way independent damping adjustment as well as a 46mm main piston with an ultra-strong 16mm piston rod. Options include a piggyback, remote or pistol reservoir and a hydraulic preload adjuster for an extra £220.80. The spring comes in black or blue. Price: £877.20 Contact: www.nitron.co.uk GERMAN | AERODYNAMIC | SPORTY SCHUBERTH SR2 Replacing the SR1, the imaginatively named SR2 is Schuberth’s sportiest lid yet and features improved aerodynamics as well as a spoiler. The lid is also said to be quieter than the SR1, has an anti-fog visor and comes with a five-year warranty. Sizes XS-XXL. Price: £549.99 Contact: www.tranam.co.uk GRIPPY | STICKY | BLACK DUNLOP ALPHA 13 Dunlop have released a new road-legal track and race tyre for lightweight and middleweight…

1 min.
‘i engineered it on my dad’s milling machine’

SUZUKI RGV500 CHRIS BELL “HERE ARE A few pictures of my Suzuki RGV500. Originally I bought an old RG400 and an RGV250 rolling chassis from a guy who had intended to start the conversion in 2008. I set about shoehorning the engine in the frame using the Drysdale mounting kit I got with the two bikes. But due to my dad’s purchase of a milling machine and lathe I decided on making my own beefed-up mounts and engine cradle. “Just after I’d got the engine in the frame I saw an advert from Mark Dent of Performance Fabrications selling a fully-rebuilt 500 big bore motor with all the trimmings. I had to have it. “I machined the frame and Aprilia RS250 swingarm to get them to fit. Harris adjustable yokes were modified to hold…