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Performance Bikes March 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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THE HONDA FIREBLADE has played a part in every one of our lives, even if we’ve never owned one. Along with the Suzuki GSX-R750, it has formed the blueprint for the modern four-cylinder superbike – light, fast, sweet-handling and dripping with race-bred intent. This month we’ve been immersed in Blade life. We spent time and effort getting under the skin of the new bike and even stripped an old version in the studio to compare the two. I then scratched a two-decade-old itch by thrashing the hell out of PB reader Geoff’s mint 1993 Blade on my favourite road. Sheer bloody heaven. As I write this, I’m just packing my kitbag to head off to ride the latest models (the test starts on page 26) and I’m excited to find out just…

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the team

MATT WILDEE EDITOR matt.wildee@pbmag.co.uk Riding McGuinness’s 2011 TT winner at Cadwell. Best biking day of my life! SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR simon.russell@bauermedia.co.uk My mate lent me his 929 for six months. Bloody brilliant bike! CHRIS NEWBIGGING FEATURES EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk Buying PB’s project Blade for an absolute steal. 2008 Blades are tools. JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Riding one from the PB office to Weston and back in five hours, including chips! MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Becoming the first person in the world to win a superbike race on a Fireblade. MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk Seeing the Starboyz’ tiger fur-covered one vertical on the cover of PB. KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Riding my old Foxeye FireBlade. Some say it’s the best of the early models. JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk How can it be anything but the first-ever 130mph lap at the TT? CHRIS WALKER COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Every time I beat one in BSB or WSB on one of my ZX-10R racebikes! CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caroline.barrett2@bauermedia.co.uk None of…

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street smarts

‘RS’s peak torque comes at 10,800rpm, which should be more suited to track use’ THE 2017 STREET Triple is lighter, higher spec and has more power and torque from a bored/stroked engine, now 765cc instead of 675cc. There are three specifications – S and R as before, but a new RS is also added. Unlike the RX available before, the RS gets significant performance and spec improvements. The engine isn’t derived from the Tiger 800, which was developed so far from the 675 start point that very few parts are interchangeable. The new 765 engine stays closer to its sportsbike origins, gaining 4mm in bore size and 1.1mm in stroke to keep a similar bore/stroke ratio, and therefore character. There are 80 new parts, including crank, Nikasil-plated aluminium liners and plenty of…

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‘wheelie-tastic little bastard!’

IN 2008 THE first Street Triple redefined the amount of fun that was possible with a mid-capacity naked. This was because it was a proper, contemporary engine, housed in a proper frame unlike the cast-offs used by most of its competition. The 2013 update was a better bike in every way, but was so refined it lost a little of the original spirit. This, with far more grunt and lower initial gear ratios, could be a wheelie-tastic little bastard as well as a scalpel-like B-road conveyance. Which we’re all for on PB...…

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triumph engines in moto2

TRIUMPH IS SET to become Moto2’s sole engine supplier, in a move that will see the entire grid equipped with British-made triples. The deal is due to be announced at the first round of MotoGP at Qatar next month. Sources say the supply contract is set to start in 2018 and will mean the end of Honda’s involvement in the series after nine seasons . Honda were instrumental in the setting up of Moto2 as MotoGP’s feeder formula, and supplied identical CBR600RR-based motors on a leased basis for the whole of the grid. However, with the CBR’s production ending, there was going to be a question mark on the supply of parts and the marketing value of the Big H continuing. “A Triumph triple has a lot going for it,” said Triumph…

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ducati to moto3?

Major manufacturers moving into MotoGP’s feeder formulas could continue, with Ducati looking at going into Moto3. There are links with the two series – because of their capacity, Moto3 engines are in effect one quarter of a MotoGP unit. Race boss Paolo Ciabatti was quoted as saying, “Moto3 is something that we’re thinking about. It’s not going to happen next year because decisions have not been made yet, but eventually if everything goes right with our MotoGP project we may consider a Moto3 bike.”…