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Performance Bikes November 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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‘It’d be criminal not to offer a Daytona 765, it’s so good’ IF THE BRITISH-BUILT creations we’ve ridden this month are any indication of what this country is still capable of producing, we may yet emerge from the Brexit process in decent shape... A few laps on Triumph’s development mule for their 2019 Moto2 control motor was all it took for Johnny to practically insist they take the short step (p45) further by turning it into a road bike: the lightly-tuned 765 motor in a Daytona chassis felt so close to the big-bore Triumph supersport bike we've been hoping for, it’d be criminal not to offer one. For the first time, they said they might do it, too... Of course, they're already building some great sports weapons: the Speed and Street…

1 min.
prison hierarchy

CHRIS NEWBIGGING EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk Sadistic Governer AUSTIN SMITH CONTRIBUTOR austin@pbmag.co.uk Murderer’s pen-pal MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Brewing knock-off Bathams Best Bitter in the cell toilet MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk Hunger strike and dirty protests JOHN MCAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Mucking out the prison farm JEREMY MCWILLIAMS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Developing rudimentary firearms from chair-legs JOHN BENNETT VLOGGER www.youtube.com/lambchoprides Showertime prowler KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Sneaking meds from the hospital wing CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caz@pbmag.co.uk Governer’s secretary, allegations of ‘inappropriate relations’ with a prisoner THANKS TO Chubbsy, Mat Hall, Private Pete O'Dell at The Motorcycle Works, Ouse Valley Singles Club.…

2 min.
kat’s back

‘Expect around 150bhp in a chassis that handles it well, broadly speaking’ STRUGGLING SUZUKI HAVE PULLED one further knuckle of their rectum-embedded finger out, and transformed the ‘what’s the point’ GSX-S1000 in a modern retro remake of the Katana. It’s actually quite an authentic approach: the original was nothing more than funky bodywork on a rehash of an engine and chassis they’d had for a while, and the new one is the same. Italian designer Rodolfo Frascoli created the concept for Milan’s EICMA show last year, and it went down so well that Suzuki have made a proper production version in double-quick time. Not that they had too much to do: Frascoli merely stripped a production GSX-S1000 to provide a vessel for his vision, and Suzuki haven’t gone to a great deal more…

2 min.
american dream

‘It’s no softly-tuned pose tool; it makes more power than the FTR race bike’ MOST FACTORY STREET trackers are cynical, poorly-judged missers of the mark. The tall, short, big-rimmed, skinny-tyred stance under skeletal bodywork looks stunning as a race bike, but most road bikes claiming street tracker cred don’t carry it off. Indian have done a serious number on Harley-Davidson on the oval circuits – the shield and banner brand dominated the American sport for years, partly due to partisan organisers outlawing anything imported that turned up and threatened the rule of the XR750 (and the recent, water-cooled XG750). But the Indian FTR750 was built in such a similar way to the H-D, so it couldn’t be outlawed. And why would they? It’s still an American bike winning races. Newfound sporting credibility assured,…

1 min.
smoking craic

‘Johnston stepped in at Padgett’s to ride Bruce Anstey’s RS250’ THE CLASSIC TT COULD have been a let down: with top riders either missing (Dunlop, Hickman) or ailing (Anstey, Lintin) and poor weather in practice week threatening to follow in to race periods, it could have been a meeting to forget. But it came good in the end: John McGuinness spent the run-up to the event running out on his 2016 Superstock Fireblade in a few club races and get his mountain course licence ready for the event. He didn’t race in the Superbike class, opting to give his just-healed leg an easier return to the Island on the Paton 500 in the Classic Senior, but put a smile on his chops with a win. Lee Johnston stepped in at Padgett’s to ride…

1 min.
2019 electric motogp series shapes up

MotoGP’s zero-emission support series will be a five-round championship for its first season in 2019. Current MotoGP satellite teams Tech 3, LCR, Pramac, Avintia and Nieto will field a pair of bikes each, and six further single-bike teams are also set to be announced. The Energica Ego Corsa is the control bike for the series: they’ll run for seven to 10 laps depending on circuit length for the first season. Bradley Smith could potentially feature: with his full-time MotoGP career ending and him taking up a test rider role for Aprilia, he could be free on race weekends to compete in the inaugural leccy championship.…