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Auto's & Motoren
Performance Bikes

Performance Bikes May 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.

THERE’S A DIVERSE array of bikes in this issue of PB. They range from the obviously sublime (the new ZX-10R and S1000RR) to the brilliantly ridiculous (the 190bhp pushrod Vincent racer). That’s one of the things that excites me about the world of high-performance bikes – real diversity in motorcycles that share the same goal: to go as fast as possible. Features editor Chris has spent much of this month trying to go as fast as possible, too – this time down to Spain on that ZX-10R and S1000RR. It was a wild few days with big speeds, big miles but somehow not big fines from the Guardia Civil. Still, the results are interesting – and reveal that the BMW isn’t going to have it all its own way. The story starts…

1 min.
the team

MATT WILDEE EDITOR matt.wildee@pbmag.co.uk Rockingham, specifically on July 19, 2016. It’s the PB trackday. SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR simon.russell@bauermedia.co.uk Cadwell Park every time! I love the place and can’t wait to get back there. CHRIS NEWBIGGING FEATURES EDITOR chris.newbigging@pbmag.co.uk Istanbul Circuit – even by MotoGP’s standards, it looked outrageously fast. JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk No contest, Portimao. I’ve only been there once, but you name it, it’s got it. MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk I’ve won so many races there it’d have to be Macau. The nightlife is good, too. MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk Oulton Park. Like Cadwell on steroids. Can’t get a lap right, though... KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Cartagena usually means sunshine, grippy tarmac and a brilliant holiday. JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk There’s only one that stands out for me, and it’s 37.73 miles long... CHRIS WALKER COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Monza for the speed, nostalgia and food. Also, Brno is just epic. CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caroline.barrett2@bauermedia.co.uk Folembray, Northern France. Small but perfectly formed. Like me... SPECIAL…

7 min.
believe the hyper

TERMI Termignoni and Ducati continue their decades-long love affair with an optional high-level exhaust that takes power up to 115bhp. 2016 DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 939 SP MATT WILDEE DUCATI’S HYPERMOTARD HAS always confused UK riders. Despite being around in various forms for the last eight years, it’s largely passed most of us by. And that’s a shame because a grunty, agile, long-suspended sports-naked-cumsupermoto is perfectly suited to British B-roads. But the Hypermotard’s popularity in mountainous central Europe has led Ducati to keep developing it, and judging by a day of riding two of the latest versions in the mountains north of Barcelona and around the stupendous Parcmotor racetrack, that’s a good thing – it’s brilliant. There are three bikes in the range – the standard do-anything bike, the pannier-laden Hyperstrada and this, the balls-out SP, complete…

7 min.
small wonder

ONE FOR ALL The seat height stays the same, but it’s narrower at the front so shorties can reach the floor easier. Low-RPM assist is waiting in the wings to prevent stalling and make town riding smoother. NOT (JUST) FOR GIRLS The Gladius gunned for the female vote with nail-polish colour options and targeted marketing. The new SV has more neutral appeal. SAME OLD, MOSTLY Some new injectors here, a bit of piston coating there, but the changes are just small efficiency improvements enhancing the existing motor. M.I.A. ADJUSTERS Preload adjusters are omitted from the forks, yet the Gladius had them. Not the end of the world, but we’d still rather it had them. 2016 SUZUKI SV650 CHRIS NEWBIGGING BASTARD FAST, TECHNOLOGY-LADEN superbikes have been the cornerstone of PB for 31 years. But that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy…

5 min.
pb’s free trackday!

OUR ANNUAL FREE-TO-LUCKY readers trackday will return to Rockingham on Tuesday, July 19. As usual, we’ll be opening a competition up to win places in the usual novice/intermediate/fast groups and again it’ll be supported by our mates at Dunlop. “This is the fourth year that we’ve been able to offer a free trackday to the readers and it’s ace – no other mag in the world does the same thing,” said PB editor Matt Wildee. “The response over the last few years has been amazing and each event has been awesome thanks to some great readers, some interesting bikes and John McGuinness’s instruction and shocking jokes. We’ve got the same planned for this year. And remember, all the winners need to buy me a beer – it was all my idea!” Details…

3 min.
new stuff

RACE-READY | LIGHT SIMPLE TO FIT RACE/TRACK FAIRING BRACKET FOR MV F3 675 On track you’ve no need for headlights or mirrors, so why not go the whole hog, shave some weight off and fit a dedicated track fairing bracket to support your clocks and top fairing? DB Holders’ latest race fairing offering, fabricated from lightweight aluminium alloy ‘duralumin’, is for the 2012-on MV Agusta F3. It’s designed to bolt straight on to existing mounting points with no modifications. Brackets are also available for other modern sportsbikes. Price: £96 Contact: www.moto46.co.uk CARBON-FIBRE VENTED | TRACK-BRED X-LITE X-802RR ULTRA CARBON X-Lite have used feedback from their WSB and MotoGP pilots to create a new race lid. Its removable and washable lining made from ‘activated carbon fibres’ is said to encourage sweat evaporation while maintaining a constant temperature.…