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Performance Bikes September 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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RIDING A BIKE HARD should put a smile on your face, even if there are points and prizes at stake. I don’t know about you, but the first time I grabbed a pair of handlebars it was to enjoy myself, but it’s easy to forget when bikes and racing seem so serious these days. PB’s road tester Michael Rutter has been racing bikes since I was a nipper. I talked to him after his trip to Imatra, and all the man whose very living, whose whole life depends on riding bikes in circles, could talk about was how much fun he had. Not how great it was to win – his lasting memory was of the smile it planted on his wizened old chops. Long time friend of PB, Guy Martin found…

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what made you smile this month?

CHRIS NEWBIGGING EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk Blundering around at Dirt Quake on a Harley. Filthy, inappropriate fun. AUSTIN SMITH ART EDITOR austin@pbmag.co.uk A sunny ride home on PB’s GSX-R. I forget how good it is, then ride it again. JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Pretending I didn’t bring Rutter a sandwich to this month’s test. Ha! MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Nicking a fiver from Johnny’s wallet to buy a sandwich. MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk Feeding vegan brownies to unsuspecting meat-eaters on the tyre test. JOHN McGUINNESS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk I bought a tractor. It’s a quiet old life, this convalescing lark... KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Getting my 2017 R6. I don’t know why everyone is down on 600s: it’s great. CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caz@pbmag.co.uk Licking Mark’s bowl (wahey!) when he made the brownies. THANKS TO K-Tech, Metzeler, Chris Walker, Pwalo of the Fens, Tom Pidcock, Stuart Clapp, Lana Del Rey, Alexander O’Neal, Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Jackie Wilson, Tom Tit Main cover image: Jamie Morris…

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ducati panigale 1299 r final edition

‘To draw a line under 43 years of big twins, they’ve created this: a kind of ‘greatest hits’ album’ THEY COULDN’T BEAT them any more, so Ducati are joining the rest of the superbike manufacturers and building a 1000cc four for WSB, and as their road-going sportsbike flagship. Their GP Desmosedici-based challenger will appear in 2018 on the road, and the following year on track when they’ve got a bit of development done to hopefully come straight in at the sharp end. But to draw a line under 43 years of fast big twins, they’ve produced this: a kind of ‘greatest hits’ album, combining the best bits of recent Panigales to create the 1299 R Final Edition. They’ve started with the chassis from the 1199 R homologation model, which is the lightest,…

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rutter wins at imatra

‘I think it’ll be a big part of the road racing next year; more top riders will come out’ MICHAEL RUTTER won the Imatranajo road races in Finland the first time out, coming out on top of a fierce battle with Penz13.com team-mates Dan Kneen and Alex Polita, who took the other two podium spots for the German team. The Finnish road race returned to the calendar last year after it suffered a series of accidents in the 1980s, which led to it losing world championship status and gradually hosting smaller events, before finally being closed for 1990. Now, it forms part of the International Road Racing Championship, comprised of a number of northern European events held on closed road circuits. “It’s a really fun event to race in,” said Michael. “Once more…

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new fireblade shows promise at suzuka test

HONDA MIGHT finally have something to shout about at the Suzuka Eight-Hour endurance this month, as the 2017 Fireblades show potential by filling three of the top six spots at the final pre-race test. BSB rider Dan Linfoot and the Moriwaki Motul team topped the timesheets at the end of three days on track. He’ll be partnered with Ryuichi Kiyonari and Yuki Takahashi. The factory MuSASHi HARC-PRO team (Jack Miller, Takaaki Nakagami, Takumi Takahashi) were just two tenths back on another CBR1000RR SP2, with the 2015/2016 race-winning factory Yamaha team (Alex Lowes, Michael Van Der Mark, Katasayuki Nakasuga) in third by a tenth of a second. FCC TSR (Stefan Bradl, Dominique Aegerter) were in fourth on another Honda, in front Leon Haslam on the factory Kawasaki, and Brookes/ Guintoli on the…

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foggy smashes himself up

CARL FOGARTY reckons he’ll finally, truly give up racing at one-off events after breaking 10 ribs, a shoulder and puncturing a lung at Dirt Quake. The 52-year-old spat himself off a Triumph Street Triple 765 in the road bike class on the first lap of the race, landing hard, landing himself several days in hospital and gaining a severe talking-to from Michaela... He reckons that’s the last time he’ll line up on a grid, to avoid further marital strife!…