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Performance Bikes October 2017

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 ALMOST FELT LIKE writing a eulogy when tapping out our comparison between the Ducati 888 and the Final Edition Panigale. Ducati has meant ‘V-twin’ to sportsbike enthusiasts since the 1970s: although they’re not ditching them fully, it’s still hard to get your head around the fact this is the last big twin superbike. ‘Ducati has meant ‘V-twin’ to sportsbike enthusiasts since the 1970s’ Thankfully, it doesn’t mean they can’t be enjoyed any more: it just means there won’t be any more built. The water-cooled twins alone span 30 years – if you can’t find one from the selection out there, you’re simply not trying hard enough. We decided the Final Edition needed to be in like-minded company when we got one of the swansong Dukes in: our tame road racer/track tester Michael…

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what’s your favourite ducati superbike?

CHRIS NEWBIGGING EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk 916 Strada, because they’re flexible, free-revving gob-jobs on wheels. AUSTIN SMITH ART EDITOR austin@pbmag.co.uk Ducati 888 Desmoquattro, one of the first and still unrivalled today. JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Buying with my head: 1098S. Going with my heart: 998S Bostrom replica. MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk An 888: it’s still the best race bike package I’ve ever ridden. MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk 1098S. The looks, handling, power and the control. Decent value now, too. JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Paul Bird’s 999 F04. I rode it at Macau in 2004 – a proper factory superbike. KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk I’d happily lift the garage door to see a 999R parked in there. CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caz@pbmag.co.uk An original 916 or 748. I would happily buy one just to stare at it. THANKS TO K-Tech, Metzeler, the nice people at Dunlop, Mick Loughlin, Nat Bennett, Makka Pakka, Alan Jones, Lizzie Grant, Fidjit, Philip Yarnell, Josh Roth, Loti Beckett,…

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ducati v4 superbike here this month

DUCATISTI WILL SEE what the future of their beloved brand looks like on September 7 at the start of the WSB meeting, when Ducati will reveal at least some of the detail for their new V4. We say ‘at least’, because we don’t really know. Even Ducati UK’s spokesman wasn’t fully informed on what the vague press release advising us to ‘save the date’ alluded to: but it’s most likely a partial technical presentation on the tech in the motor (derived from MotoGP, with some unique design to suit a road/WSB bike). But the 1098 was shown first at World Ducati Week 2007 as an unpainted race bike, with Troy Bayliss knocking out a few laps on a bike that gave you the gist without giving away the finer details of…

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other bologna gossip...

959 CORSE, TOO? The Panigale isn’t completely dead: the 959 will continue as a cheaper, more accessible superbike, free from the need to satisfy the race teams. By the look of it, there will be another model in the offering next year, too: paperwork lodged with the California emissions bods ahead of full homologation includes files for a 959 Corse. What does that mean? Potentially just a posh exhaust and a few other fripperies. It’d be nice if it was a premium-spec model with Öhlins gear and maybe a set of Brembo M50 calipers, instead of the standard bike’s M4 efforts. We’ll see. IMPROVED 1299 PANIGALE TRACTION CONTROL... If you’re lucky enough to own a 2015/16 Panigale base or S model, Ducati can now punch a new set of 0s and 1s in…

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brit motogp up for grabs

DORNA IS courting Donington and Silverstone to solely run and host the British MotoGP round, after current promotors Circuit of Wales failed to gain anything like the backing required to even threaten to commence building the new circuit and infrastructure. The stillborn Ebbw Vale track lost its Welsh government funding last month, and three years into the 10-year contract it had with Dorna (running the race at Silverstone until the circuit was finished, in theory), MotoGP’s organisers are pulling the plug and returning to a venue offering actual tarmac.…

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van theft catastrophe for holeshot

TURBOCHARGING wizard Jack Frost’s business has taken a serious hit, after his van loaded with his own bike, customer bikes and other equipment was stolen and later found torched. The van is insured, but the cutting-edge turbo bikes and other gear isn’t covered in transit. He told PB: “The loss to us is just unbelievable – a big part of my life has been taken. The three bikes are over worth over £100k, there was £10k in mountain bikes, £10k of tools and £5k riding kit and spares. The bike has had a lot of work and would have pissed 270mph, or 280 with a tail-wind. I’m gutted.” Stunt legend (and 560bhp Holeshot turbo Busa owner) Gary Rothwell has created a Go Fund Me page to help Jack piece his business back…