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Performance Bikes April 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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1 min.

PB HAS MADE a 33-year habit of doing stuff properly when it comes to testing. A quick wobble to the coffee stop on a launch doesn’t excite us – we’d rather give new models a proper pasting and see what they’re really made of. We’ve had our pound of flesh from Johnny this month doing just that. First, I sent him to the Kawasaki H2 SX launch... when everybody else had gone home. No pre-arranged route for him – just a sat-nav set for his house, 1472 miles away. Covering big distance at huge speed as well as owning the twisties was the design brief for the bike, so until you’ve done just that, you can’t consider it tested. So we did. He managed to avoid dying of exposure to then take…

1 min.
how we roll

CHRIS NEWBIGGING EDITOR chris@pbmag.co.uk Beige diesel Volvo. Dead Kennedys shaking the window glass AUSTIN SMITH ART EDITOR austin@pbmag.co.uk VW Touran, kid’s sick in the door pocket, Pixies on the tape deck MICHAEL RUTTER TRACK TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk VW T5, airbrushed Desmo memorial on bonnet. Sounds: Radio 1 Extra MARK WHITE TECHNICIAN editorial@pbmag.co.uk MWB Transit, more vegan stickers than paint, handsfree for radio call-ins JOHN McAVOY ROAD TESTER editorial@pbmag.co.uk Audi A6, 648 empty McDonald’s bags, cruise control set to 180mph JEREMY McWILLIAMS COLUMNIST editorial@pbmag.co.uk Secret KTMs. If he told you, he’d have to kill you (and would, too) JOHN BENNETT VLOGGER www.youtube.com/lambchoprides Tiny Volvo coupé thing, carrying entire GoPro accessory catalogue KAR LEE FORUM EDITOR editorial@pbmag.co.uk Audi Avant. ‘Neverbeen’ Nurburgring and 2005-spec PB stickers CAROLINE BARRETT EDITORIAL ASSISTANT caz@pbmag.co.uk BMW Mini Cooper, parked on the piss across four spaces THANKS TO C90 Bob from Corby, Paul Maloney, Focused Events, Luke Bowler, Jeff Turner and his hovercraft full of eels.…

2 min.
mcpint on norton: the chrome-plated dark horse

RACING’S MOST well-known secret finally went public last month, with McGuinness (pictured) signing up for Stuart Garner’s Norton TT team, ending an 11-year stint with Honda Racing. Last year’s NW200 crash clearly left a bad taste in McGuinness’s mouth as well as several centimetres of leg to regrow. But hopping on the Norton SG is a surprise move (undoubtedly generous pay packet aside). With Tyco BMW still only at one full-time rider, it wouldn’t have been a surprise if McPint had opted to ride the bike that eclipsed his beloved ’08-’16 Blade’s roads prowess. Cynics rushed to suggest John was taking a fat wedge to see out his last years of competition: PB thinks they’re vastly underestimating the duo. Despite some tough times early on, his recuperation has gone well. “The bone has…

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2018 gsx-r gets new paint, 2017 models get recall

YOU CAN now buy the GSX-R1000R in a half-arsed replica of the MotoGP bike’s paint scheme. It still has the same £16,099 price as the other options. If you bought one last year, you might get a letter from Suzuki advising that they’re recalling it for a quickshifter gripe that could cause it to hit neutral between first and second and cause the chain to snap, ruining the bike/your ankle/life. The fix is a new ECU (presumably reprogrammed to make the shift more positive) and a new chain/sprocket set, in case you’ve weakened the originals. Yep, you’d struggle to tell them apart…

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ktm’s £7.5k learner-racer

IN AN ULTIMATE expression of ‘taking shit too seriously’, KTM is wading into the Supersport 300 class with a tricked-out RC 390 R and a £10k race kit to give the Far Eastern-built competition a thorough drubbing. While Kawasaki, Yamaha and Honda will enter with budget-built learner twins, KTM’s nuclear warhead in the knife fight comes with fully-adjustable WP forks and shock (rivals have spindly RWU damper-rod forks) in new yokes with separate clip-ons (regular RC 390s have tubes slotting directly into the top yoke). The bike also has a different inlet trumpet for a wider, racier power delivery. The spending doesn’t stop there: hand 11,000 Euros over to KTM Customer Racing and they’ll send you a race kit (as long as you get in early enough to secure one of the…

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yamaha’s diy racebike

THE R1’s top-level success might be patchy (one BSB title, one endurance title most notably), but Yamaha reckon they’re opening whup-ass by the drumload at club/national level in Europe. So they want a piece of the action: a full race kit is available to suit the 2018 model update as well as the previous generation, and PB got to try it (as well as the road bikes – see p40). The race goodies are now branded Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing, or GYTR, instead of YEC. To help your stock R1 go pot-hunting, they can supply race pistons/cams/ gaskets, intake funnels, gearbox internals, a kit loom/ ECU and an Akrapovic exhaust. The chassis list comprises of a conventional TTX36GP shock and spring-pressurised damping parts – no semi-active stuff here. Brembo brakes were…