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Performance Bikes May 2018

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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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‘Even Britain’s fastest road tester was gobsmacked by the performance’ THERE’S nothing glamorous about the back road that more or less links my house to the dyno at BSD a few miles away: it’s windswept, rutted, and a local accident blackspot to boot. But it’s here where I truly appreciated the next-level performance of the Ducati V4 – not the track launch, not a runway test, nor even the dyno where it cracked out 202bhp moments earlier. Normal road, extraordinary motorcycle – the sheer rate of acceleration doesn’t fit my frame of reference for a road bike. And that was only a brief ride: Johnny spent a couple of days in the south of France seeing if something so extreme can really work on a public road, from p43. On the same note,…

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excuses, excuses

CHRIS NEWBIGGING EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk I’m not late, I’m on European time. AUSTIN SMITH ART EDITOR austin@pbmag.co.uk The kids left that disc lock on there. MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Sorry, didn’t realise she was with you... MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk Can’t touch that, it’s got beef in it. JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk English isn’t my first language. JEREMY McWILLIAMS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Yeah, damp kerb, nothing I could have done... JOHN BENNETT VLOGGER www.youtube.com/lambchoprides I didn’t realise the webcam was still on, m’lud. KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk If I look directly into the camera, it’ll steal my soul. CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caz@pbmag.co.uk I thought donner meat was vegan.…

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bmw hp4 to make tt appearance?

BMW IS HOPING to give its carbon-framed, track-only HP4 Race an outing at the TT, taking advantage of the exemption that allows ‘interesting’ bikes to side-step the usual rules on homologation, PB understands. The Senior itself is technically an open-class free-for-all anyway – a hangover from the days of over-the-counter Grand Prix bikes and full factory teams. But in recent years, Superbikes have proved an unbeatable combination of cost/availability and performance, so few have experimented. But the organisers have recognised the value in interesting exemptions: Norton’s SG V4s, Padgett’s RC213V-S and the Suter 500 generate as much social media exposure as race wins and lap records – if not more. You can’t open YouTube in June without seeing yet another fly-by vid... In recent years, they’ve also allowed the special cases to…

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‘it has an 853 motor’

THIS IS my Ducati 748, bought as a Biposto in standard trim eight years ago and improved every winter as and when funds allow. It now has Marchesini wheels and an STM slipper clutch. I had the forks rebuilt by Revs Suspension, and an Öhlins shock fitted. It has Ducabike adjustable clip-ons, a Brembo RCS brake master cylinder, an Oberon clutch slave cylinder and Ducati Performance replica rearsets. It has a single seat unit with a Raceseat seat pad, plus a Ducati Performance front mudguard. But the most important change is the 853cc engine I fitted in the winter of 2016. The engine was built at great expense (to someone else) by Jeff Green, formerly of G-Tech. As many folk say, it’s the best engine Ducati never built. It spins up so…

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‘it took a while to track the parts down’

I’VE SPENT the last three years building this in my garage in Manitoba, Canada. It’s a Pierobon-framed 1098R. It took a while to track down all the 1098 RS items. It started with the Pierobon frame, an RS swingarm, linkage and ride height adjuster, and RS triple clamps with magnesium eccentric adjusters. It has the RS fuel tank over an EVR carbon airbox, CDT carbon bodywork, RS rearsets, an H2O Performance radiator and Microtec ECU. Every fastener is titanium; it even has a titanium swingarm spindle. The exhaust is Termignoni, naturally. It has Brembo GP4-RR calipers on Sicom discs, Öhlins TTX shock and FGR forks. The engine has Carrillo billet rods, a Ben Fox crank, high-comp Pistal pistons, ceramic bearings and an RS gearbox. I’m sure I’ve missed other details, too.…

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‘this cost me a grand’

I'VE ADOPTED the PB ethos of improving, rather than selling my GSX-R1100. I bought this one for a grand on eBay, and it just about ran to get me home. The front suspension has been modified twice by MCT to get it right. I upgraded the front brakes to later Nissin calipers and a Beringer master cylinder. Rear suspension had the same treatment by MCT, with an Öhlins spring. The motor was bored out to 1107cc with GSX-R1100K pistons, the compression raised, the head gas-flowed, plus a K&N filter, RDT programmable ignition, Micron down pipes and an ART race can, all set up by BSD of Peterborough. I asked for torque rather than top-end power and they certainly delivered.…