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Performance Bikes November 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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IN TEN YEARS of working on PB and seven running it, I’ve not come across an issue with such a variety of drop-dead gorgeous motorcycles. To begin with, Chris and I headed to the Classic TT, saw some amazing classic racers, stripped them down and marvelled at the ingenuity that had gone into them. Then it all got a bit faster when Michael Rutter took us over to Anglesey to thrash the living hell out of the best sportsbikes of the last few years. It was the best test we’ve done in ages – all the bikes properly set up on equal tyres, and ridden by a multiple BSB and TT race winner. We then sent a man to Bonneville to get under the skin of Guy Martin’s 1000bhp Streamliner and the…

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the team what’s your favourite inappropriate trackbike?

MATT WILDEE EDITOR matt.wildee@pbmag.co.uk SZR660. I once enjoyed a 35bhp single at Cadwell more than I care to admit SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR simon.russell@bauermedia.co.uk A Harley XR1200 at Cadwell in 2010. It was such a laugh, I still fancy one now CHRIS NEWBIGGING FEATURES EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk PB’s Bandit. Rode around the outside of a bloke on a Moto2 bike. He got arsey... JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk A disgusting 600SS Matt talked me into racing in the ‘No Budget Cup’ with him MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk I’ve done a few inappropriate things on track, but with brolly dollies, not bikes... MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk My GPz305. First ever trackday, and it was great until it stripped the drive belt KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk My ZZ-R1100 wasn’t inappropriate, but I was. First trackday ended in the gravel JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk My MSX125 paddock bike. It goes everywhere with me, it’s a…

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suzuki gsx-r1000 spec confirmed

SUSPENSION Higher-spec GSX-R1000R gets Showa BFF forks and Brembo monoblocks – as you might hope... POWER We know it redlines at 14,250rpm,so expect claimed power to be between 190-200bhp. WITH A NEW GSX-R1000 widely touted as a concept bike by Suzuki last autumn, it’s taken a year to get more details of Hamamatsu’s plan to fight back in the litre sportsbike class. But, finally, we’re a bit wiser about the new GSX-R. Suzuki sources say there will definitely be two models – a GSX-R1000 and a GSX-R1000R, with the base bike coming in at around £12,500 and the premium R model – with added Showa BFF forks and uprated Showa rear, plus Brembo monoblock calipers – competitively priced around £14,000, and undercutting BMW, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Honda rivals. As reported, the all-new engines and chassis…

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sports 600s: the comeback

A FEW MONTHS ago it was game, set and match for the once mighty middleweight sportsbike. The story that 600cc race rep sales across Europe and North America had fatally nose-dived in the preceding decade was confirmed by news Honda were ceasing production of the CBR600RR, and rumours circulated that Triumph were contemplating the demise of the Daytona 675, and that the other Japanese manufacturers were holding station to see who jumped first. Turns out that’s not strictly the case. Honda isn’t stopping production of CBR600RRs – they’re just not going to import them into Europe. They’ll still be sold across North and South America, and in Asia – where, presumably, the hope is the millions of youngsters currently zapping about on step-thrus will one day be old enough and wealthy…

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new stuff

PROTECTIVE CUSHIONED | FUCKING SALTY DAINESE MUGELLO R D-AIR RACE SUIT This evolution of the Italian firm’s D-Air technology features an airbag that extends from the shoulders and neck to the lower ribcage. It also has an emergency LED system that knows when you’ve crashed, as well as all the other features you’d expect of a leather suit that costs as much as a sorted 2005 R1. Available from April 2017. Price: £3399.95 Contact: www.dainese.com CARBON-FIBRE | HIGH-SPEC | AERODYNAMIC HJC RPHA11 LOWIN CARBON This new RPHA11 helmet has a lightweight carbon-fibre shell, new visor with wider field of vision, Pinlock insert and ‘Rapidfire’ quick-release system. There’s also a new EPS lining and ventilation system, which features an aerodynamic top vent, ‘precision top vent control’ and redesigned side intake vents. Plus, there are quick-release cheek pads…

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your bikes

BIKE OF THE MONTH ‘Build quality is even better than my RC30’ PAUL LEE I’VE DEVELOPED MY CR250 as a fun, lightweight track and roadbike. It’s as simple as they get, no flab or waste – quality is even better than my RC30, dare I say. It takes less than two hours to strip it down to the frame. Viper Racing have given the chassis some TLC – the transformation is remarkable; it feels tighter and poised. The superb AIM Mycron dashboard offers a wealth of information – including a water temp gauge and the all-important exhaust gas temperature sender with warning lights. The GPS speedo reduces wiring, and it’s also a laptimer. You can download your laps will all the data you need should anything go wrong. Early outings were mixed – it…