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Performance Bikes November 2015

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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WELCOME TO THE November issue of Performance Bikes. This month we’ve been celebrating the Kawasaki H2. Like many people, we didn’t know quite what to think about the high-tech supercharged behemoth. Then one-by-one the members of PB’s staff rode it. First off, big Johnny Mac was blown away by the power and acceleration at Qatar’s MotoGP track. Then cynical features editor Chris actually broke into a grin describing how it rides. He chucked me the keys and I spent a whole weekend ignoring my family and holding on for dear life. It’s what I hope any PB reader would do... In this issue Chris and TT winner Milky Quayle rag the H2 in the Isle of Man, but there’s plenty of other great stuff too. Highlights include Si Hargreaves testing Guy Martin’s Tyco…

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what’s your favourite race-rep and paint?

MATT WILDEE EDITOR matt.wildee@pbmag.co.uk Road-going RCV with Freddie Spencer’s paintwork. Just need to sell my house SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR simon.russell@bauermedia.co.uk Strangely enough a Suzuki GSX-R750 L5 with Lucky Strike Chinese bodywork CHRIS NEWBIGGING FEATURES EDITOR chris.newbigging@pbmag.co.uk 1992 NSR250R-SP in Rothmans paintjob. Affordable, delectable, smelly JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Kawasaki France ZXR750R. An amazing, balanced paint scheme MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Any bike, so long as it has a huge mural of Desmo the dog on the side MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk 2006 LE Yamaha R1 in yellow speedblocks. Wrong yellow though... RUPERT PAUL CONTRIBUTOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk I hate race-reps. Why can’t all sponsors be put into a small sticker on the tail? SIMON HARGREAVES CONTRIBUTOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk 2010 BMW S1000RR in white, red and blue Motorsport colours. Still looks ace KAR LEE CONTRIBUTOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Castrol Honda 2008 Fireblade, it looks special and harks back to glory days JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Joey Dunlop-rep Fireblade TT racer, like I raced in 2013. Really special TREVOR FRANKLIN COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Alitalia-rep Aprilia RSV4, but I’d…

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the apex of race replicas

Barely-legal pipes Honda say they can only produce the RCV until the end of next year, because of forthcoming noise and emissions regs. The aim of this bike was to win MotoGP races, not awards from Greenpeace. Factory-style swingarm Hand-welded by a Moriwaki-badged artisan, it may actually fit on Marquez’s racebike. The bike shares 80% of the MotoGP racer’s parts. Reverse-engineered MotoGP engine Honda started off with an HRC 999cc V4 race engine and then detuned it for reliability and durability. In track-ready spec it makes a claimed 212bhp. Headlight assembly Hides in the gaping chasm of the race RCV’s ram-air intake. Bolt-on bar-mirrors also point to race refugee status. It’s a MotoGP migrant. Öhlins TTX25 forks Gas-charged forks are as good as it gets on a production bike. The last production road bike with them was the Ducati…

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‘ear-splittingly loud, angry, intimidating’

THIS IS THE RCV in its most pure, unfettered form. Without having to compromise by dealing with emissions rules, greasy roads or the health and safety brigade, the RCV turns from a mild-mannered sportsbike into a wild, snarling MotoGP fist-fighter. Fitting the Sports Kit and removing all the road gear shaves weight down by 10kg to a dry 160kg. Most of the weight saving comes from the 4.8kg lighter, cat-less, valve-less titanium exhaust can, which shreds eardrums and at 116dB would break trackday noise meters. However, Honda also say the bike can’t be used on the road and that fitting their own kit invalidates the company warranty. The kit actually seems good value when you look at the parts on offer and the 55bhp gain that comes with it. The race ECU…

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more than ‘motogp inspired’

THE RCV’S MOTOR shares a huge amount with MotoGP – it really is a reverse-engineered racer. The bore and stroke (up to the rulebook’s maximum of 81mm) and the sandcast crankcases are the same, and it shares the same titanium valves and rods as the racer. The 360-degree cranked V4 layout elimates vibes without the need for a power-sapping balancer. It also keeps the weight centralised and that’s why every big-bore Honda GP racer since the NR500 has been a Vee of some kind. It shares the same 48mm throttle bodies and the same twin injectors, one of which is inside the airbox above the throttle body, another at the side, near the butterfly. Three-ring pistons are used instead of twin-ring items, to help squeeze the RCV through Euro 3 emissions regulations,…

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so is the rc213v-s a credible bike?

RACE BRAKES Sports-kitted bike uses Brembo race pads. Stock pads work well from cold, but tire on track CARBON EVERYTHING Carbon-fibre fairings and tail unit are standard on the RCV and flawless in every way LIMITED EDITION Honda only plan to make 250 RCVs, but they haven’t sold out just yet. Number 93 off the line is going to Marquez PAINTJOB Inspired by HRC bikes of the mid-80s, expect to see replica Chinese bodywork for your Fireblade soon ROAD RUBBER RCV uses Bridgestone RS10 road/trackday rubber in standard form OF COURSE IT is. It is a huge amount of money, but that’s because of what it is: a MotoGP bike for the road, not a production bike with MotoGP heritage. Honda’s RC213V-S really is a MotoGP bike with lights and is as close to the real thing as we’ll ever…