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Performance Bikes October 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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WITH THE BSB season nearing its conclusion we thought we’d offer something no other mag has before – a track test of the bike that’s leading the championship. Thanks to the connections our road tester Michael Rutter has (not to mention 24 BSB wins) we were able to assemble three of the sexiest Ducatis ever produced – Shakey’s racer, the amazing Superleggera and the Panigale R. The result is eye-opening – for example, who’d have thought the Superleggera would change direction quicker than a BSB bike? Rutter’s undoubted speed and technical knowledge, and the fact he has the sway to make stuff like this happen, is one of the main reasons PB has the best road test team in bike journalism. There’s plenty of other great stuff in this issue – our…

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what’s your favourite wsb homologation bike?

MATT WILDEE EDITOR matt.wildee@pbmag.co.uk Yamaha R7, with a race kit, No41 numberboard and some ‘cold remedies’ SIMON RUSSELL ART EDITOR simon.russell@bauermedia.co.uk Ducati 916 SPS Foggy rep – my favourite big-bore Bologna bullet CHRIS NEWBIGGING FEATURES EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk The Honda RC30 is still magic now; it’s the only Honda I’ve ever lusted after JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Ducati 1199 Panigale R, because it makes me feel like Chaz Davies MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk It’s got to be a 996R – the best looking Ducati, with Testastretta power... MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk The Bimota TL1000R. Do you think there’s still time for a Rutter wildcard? KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Nostalgia says Yamaha R7, but lust says Aprilia RSV4 RF... JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Honda SP-1 – it always reminds me of being Joey Dunlop’s team-mate CHRIS WALKER COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Ducati 888 SP5 – if you’ve got one, get in touch... I’ve got money waiting CAROLINE BARRETT…

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orange revolution

SUSPENSION KTM’s ownership of WP means they’ll provide the springy bits. ENGINE Conventional 1000cc V4 will power the RC16. Reckoned current output is north of 250bhp. CHASSIS RC16 features a tubular steel trellis frame. KTM do like to plough their own furrow... WHEELBASE KTM say the gap between the wheels is just 1400mm – well shy of many current teams’ bikes. KTM HAVE REVEALED the technology inside the RC16 prototype with which they hope to achieve MotoGP success next year. The addition of the KTM RC16 to the grid, piloted by Brit Bradley Smith and Spaniard Pol Espargaro, will make the top class the most varied in terms of machinery since 2007, when six manufacturers contested the series (not counting the brief appearance and withdrawal of Ilmor). It is the first time KTM will line up with their own…

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drag queen

‘Any corner more than a quick countersteer will probably see your boots grinding’ 2016 DUCATI XDIAVEL S CHRIS NEWBIGGING IT MIGHT NOT be Ducati’s speciality, but the super-cruiser XDiavel S is nonetheless one of the best looking bikes they’ve ever produced. Just look at it – outlandish design, beautiful detail and impeccable detail. The exhaust is a Euro 4-enforced nasty, but even that isn’t so bad. It’s extremely cool, and a 156bhp Testastretta engine is something not to be sniffed at. The regular Diavel is a proven good ’un: loads of poke, and surprising cornering ability. Well, within reason – it’s still long, low and raked out. But you could do the odd Ducati Owners Club trackday for a laugh and not be bored by the end of the sighting laps. Maybe session…

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new stuff

LIGHTWEIGHT ALLOY | TRACK-READY DB HOLDERS OW01 RACE FAIRING BRACKET One for the classic racers out there, this new fairing bracket is made from lightweight aluminium. All fixtures and fitting are included, and it’s part of an expanding range to cater for 80s, 90s and 2000s racebikes. As well as this bracket for the FZR750R, there’s an FZ750 unit available, and a GSX-R750 slabbie version on the way, too. Price: £95.99 Contact: www.moto46.co.uk RACE-SPEC | ADJUSTABLE | BRITISH NITRON TVT FORK CARTRIDGE KIT These hard-anodised suspension upgrades are available for most modern sportsbikes, adding high-quality damping and a much wider range of adjustment than OE internals. The kit can be removed without taking the forks off the bike, speeding trackside set-up and revalving. Price: From £900 Contact: www.nitron.co.uk SPRINGY | ITALIAN | ADJUSTABLE MATRIS MT-10 REAR SHOCK This new rear…

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‘i’ll never get tired of hearing it popping and banging...’

2009 YAMAHA YZF-R1 CHRIS REA “THIS IS THE R1 I’ve been wanting to build for years now, and a lot of time, effort and daydreaming has gone into getting the build just right. The project is now almost finished and it sounds, handles and feels mint. I never get tired of hearing it popping and banging on the over-run. One thing’s for sure – it is certainly a lot more engaging than the sterile Fireblade I had before this. “The bike already had a few modifications fitted when I bought it, but it has now had its forks rebuilt by MCT Suspension and even an Öhlins shock from Ian Hutchinson’s Milwaukee Yamaha R1 added. The Akrapovic exhaust is a full titanium system but I have had 65mm taken off the cans to…