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Performance Bikes May 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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CRASHING NEVER GETS ANY EASIER. It’s an occupational hazard for anyone on PB, but I’ve been lucky enough not to do much in recent years (after some painful over-exuberance in my early career...). But as I kneeled in stagnant water last month, gasping as my winded lungs struggled to function, the same miserable cloud descended over me just like it did when I binned my moped as a teenager. I wasn’t hurt – well, only my pride, and a brand new S1000R... But I soon snapped out of my self-pitying funk when Stephen Davison’s interview with Ryan Farquhar and Jamie Hamilton came in. Behind the energy drink sponsorship and outer layer of prestige road racing has sought to cover itself in to survive, it’s still an unforgiving sport ready to dish out…

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who would you like to win the 2017 bsb title?

CHRIS NEWBIGGING EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk Taylor Mackenzie. It’d be great to see some fresh new talent at the top. AUSTIN SMITH ART EDITOR austin@pbmag.co.uk Sylvain Guintoli. Caz reckons I look like him. I’m taking that. It could be worse... JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Glen Irwin. Like me, he also grows a ginger beard due to Irish blood. MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Shakey. He’s only 10 younger than me, so the furthest from being a youngster. MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk Luke Mossey. I’m having a tenner on him this year, once he’s got his eye in. JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Dan Linfoot – he’s my team-mate, and that Blade is going to fly this year... KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Josh Brookes, for the way he clears Cadwell’s Mountain. It never gets old. CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caz@pbmag.co.uk Brookes. As Whitey will tell you, I am quite partial to a little trip Down Under. THANKS TO Marc Abbott, Brenda White, Goldie Lookin’ Chain,…

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dunlop untouchable

‘It’s like we’re going faster, but feeling slower. The new GSX-R1000 is perfect for the TT’ The prospect of May’s North West 200 and June’s TT looks tantalising now that we’ve seen every contender for 2017 in action. First out of the box was 13-times TT winner Michael Dunlop, who has made the switch to Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000. Piggybacking on a recent BSB test, the Northern Irishman was faster than some BSB regulars at Cartagena, clocking a time 1.7 seconds quicker than he managed last year on an S1000RR. This was despite using a standard engine and superbike-spec running gear. “It’s got big potential,” said team boss Steve Hicken. “The smooth power delivery isn’t upsetting the chassis so it’s like we’re going faster, but feeling slower. It’s just perfect for the…

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be the king of king’s lynn flat track

Indian’s frankly horny flat-track FTR750 race bike is now for sale, priced at an eye-watering £40,000. As focused as a MotoGP bike, the American firm have thrown everything at it in an attempt to win the AMA Grand National series. The machine boasts a 109bhp, 53° V-twin race motor housed in a custom frame with high-end Öhlins suspension front and rear, and even has a carbon tank. Indian say they are looking to produce a bike inspired by the looks of this machine but that it wouldn’t be possible for the FTR to become road-legal. But if the road bike is even half as hardcore as the racer, we’ll be first in the queue...…

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£11k scooter abuse

Here’s a thing we spent a day dicking around on this month. Yamaha launched a new T-Max alongside the MT-10 SP (mostly for the benefit of the Euro lot, who love them more than stinky cheese and three-hour lunches). It seems expensive but they out-sell R1s and are surprisingly good for arsing around on at high speed as well as getting to work with a three-course lunch stowed under the seat. And if it all gets too much, you can always set the cruise control and have a snooze on the pillion seat...…

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john surtees 1934-2017

John Surtees, the only man to win world championships in GPs and Formula One has died. The winner of five TTs, seven 350 and 500cc world championships and the 1964 F1 car world championship for Ferrari passed away in March at the age of 83. A renowned mechanic and bike builder, he was partly the inspiration for Valentino Rossi’s dalliance with F1, 10 years ago. Rossi said: “It’s a great shame as he’s the only one to get both titles. He did something very historical. I’m very sorry for his family but I’m lucky to have met him while he was in good shape.”…