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Performance Bikes March 2018

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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HYPE IS A DANGEROUS thing to generate for any new product: there’s been plenty of it around the Panigale V4. Will it be flawed like the MotoGP bike was until very recently? Will it sacrifice everything Ducati has stood for in the 43 years since it first placed two cylinders at 90 degrees to each other? Any questions over Ducati’s move into a new world for its flagship sportsbike are now answered. I was on the launch, on Valencia’s extremely technical MotoGP circuit. It’s almost an odd location to launch a bike claiming 214bhp – mostly second/third-gear bends – but what it did was prove the V4’s worth beyond a dyno. More than any other Ducati superbike (and everyone else’s, I’m confident), its stunning handling, braking, grip and power curve are…

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crowning glories

CHRIS NEWBIGGING EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk Proud owner of Cambridgeshire’s biggest hands. AUSTIN SMITH ART EDITOR austin@pbmag.co.uk Top 10 in Leicestershire county cyclocross championships MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Current holder of the world record for ‘Longest time without buying a round’. MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk Winner of Westside gym’s ‘Most buff vegan’ contest, January 2018. JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Once named ‘Britain’s worst racer’ in a rival/sister publication. OK, it was MCN. JEREMY McWILLIAMS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Played the motorcyclist in creepy sci-fi horror movie ‘Under the Skin’. JOHN BENNETT VLOGGER www.youtube.com/lambchoprides 20,000 YouTube subscribers and UK’s top Sean Connery impersonator. KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Peterborough’s premier Mariah Carey karaoke singer. CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caz@pbmag.co.uk Knee down (albeit closely followed by whole R6 down) at Cadwell, 2008. THANKS TO Alan Jones, Dave Wood Racing, Hideaki Ikeda, Max at Venhill, Velox Racing, AP Racing, Amstel. NO THANKS TO DART charge, LAMMA show, icy decking, Bernard Matthews, incompetent DPD couriers.…

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return of the bmw boxer cup

BMW’S SURPRISINGLY entertaining Boxer Cup is making a comeback, supporting the IDM German national superbike series, with 30 Deutschlanders bashing cylinder heads on identical R nineT Racers. The original series ran from 2001 to 2004, elevating the R1100S from wonky-faced weirdo for old men to quirky, credible sportsbike. Sort of... Boxer Cup 2.0 won’t be on quite the same scale as the original series, which supported MotoGP and was competed by a Pro-Am mix of aged professionals (like Randy Mamola) and fearless ‘who are yous’, like a young Richard Cooper. The bikes are built to a similar spec – Wilbers fork internals and shocks, cylinder head sliders and bellypan, an Akrapovic exhaust system, race brake pads, steering damper and upgraded software for the ABS. Yes, they’ll still run it... Other than that,…

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cheap(ish) rsv4 introduced

THE UK’s current fastest, yet least popular, superbike is doing its best to woo more riders, with the reintroduction of the RR model. It’s broadly the same as the £20k RF model, but Öhlins suspension is substituted for Sachs, wheels are cast alloy instead of forged, and different (and arguably classier) graphics are the only changes. It costs £15,599 – less than the base model R1 and Fireblade, £1300 more than a base ZX-10R and £500 less than the GSX-R1000R. Engine, frame and electronics are unchanged.…

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in memoriam: desmo rutter

THE BEST - BEHAVED and most well-loved member of PB’s team has passed away: Rutter’s Cavalier King Charles spaniel Desmo is no longer with us. He will be missed by all who fondled his silky ears, and fed him from Johnny’s Babar the Elephant lunchbox. “Taking him for a stroll around Mallory’s inner paddock to watch Michael bang in some lap times was a pleasure, even when he curled out a gut-load of Pedigree Chum,” says our animal-loving JM. “He was usually more pleased to see me than Michael was, too. God speed, Desmo.”…

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fast news

NEW BIKES ON SHOW AT MCN LONDON, ER... SHOW If you’re the type for whom great joy can be found in pinging a clutch lever and getting into a racing crouch in casual clothes on a bike bolted to a stage, we’ve got a treat for you... MCN’s London Motorcycle Show provides the venue for such delights, where you’ll find the latest new bikes, some spectacular live action shows and the usual deals on last year’s kit. Head to London’s Excel between Friday-Sunday, February 16-18, and to www.mcnmotorcycleshow.com for info on timings and tickets. NORDSCHLEIFE TRAINING DAYS ON SALE Want unprecedented access and guidance around the ’Ring (so to speak)? Nordschliefe training days are now available for booking. Unlike the public days, where you’re at the mercy of all and sundry (and their…