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Super Streetbike

Super Streetbike Dec-12

Super Streetbike is the first magazine to actively explore the outer reaches of the extreme sportbike movement. Super Streetbike features page after page of the wildest custom sportbikes in the nation. Each issue features in-depth hop-up articles for all popular sportbikes alongside pages of products showcasing the latest and greatest in sportbike performance, cosmetic upgrades and the hottest new apparel.

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2 min.
first word

SEAN RUSSELL Editor In Chief BRIAN HATANO Senior Tech Editor MICHAEL BELCHER Art Director Another 365 days packed with sportbike action is on the books. A lot has happened over the past 12 months from Dave and I being promoted to an exhaustive search for an editor qualified to carry the streetbike torch through and past SSB’s tenth year of circulation. As the leading source for aftermarket modification in this fast and furious two-wheel niche we went hunting for an editor as crafty with the wrench as they were with words. With that in mind, it’s my pleasure to introduce SSB’s new Senior Tech Editor, Brian Hatano. He is a car and bike fabrication specialist who has acted as Senior Editor of Car Craft, Editor-in-Chief of Petersen’s Drag Racing, Editor-in-Chief of Sport Compact Car…

5 min.
first ride: 2013 ninja 300

SMALL BIKE = BIG FUN There’s nothing quite like riding a small bike hard through snaking pavement and the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 is one small bike that begs to be ridden wide open. With a lineage that includes over a decade’s worth of 250cc Ninjas, Team Green has delivered the ultimate lightweight sportbike. Choosing a stretch of northern Sonoma County, California road for the intro, Kawasaki led riders through a full day of twists and turns on unblemished asphalt. Referred to by locals as the Skaggs Speedway, the street course offered a range of corners, elevation changes and straights to aquaint us with a little bike that won’t be quite so easy to outgrow. The improvements over last year’s 250R are many, starting with more oomph coming from the larger 296cc…

2 min.
first ride: 2013 bmw hp4

EXTREME LITERBIKE OPTION “I think other manufacturers will look back and regret a lack of focus on the superbike class. Every year we look at the Japanese waiting for a response – all that comes are new colors! At this point we smile…” This off the cuff comment by a senior BMW manager tells you all you need to know about just how much of a game changer the S1000RR has been. Since its launch in late 2009, the BMW has been the benchmark when it comes to literbikes. The Japanese have, so far, failed to challenge its supremacy and now their jobs have gotten even harder as BMW unveils the HP4. Far more than just an S1000RR with a few trick parts, the HP4 is the world’s first mass produced bike to…

1 min.
2012 xdl final

Another chapter in the XDL Championship Series comes to an end, this time in Portland after two exciting final rounds. From the high-speed drifts captured at Napa Speedway in Albuquerque, New Mexico during round 4 to the finals held at Portland International Raceway in Oregon the 2012 battle for first place was tight between reigning champ, Bill Dixon and the talented Luke Emmons. With supreme focus and consistent bike control, Bill D took his factory R6 to the podium for the fourth time. Does he have a fifth in him? We gave him a shout for a quick post-win Q&A; here is what he said: HOW HAS LIFE BEEN AFTER WINNING FOUR STRAIGHT? Have you ever seen the movie Talladega Nights? That’s what my life has been like everyday now! WHAT’S DRIFTING BROUGHT…

2 min.
the best… drag race event you’ve never heard of

The annual Ramsey Sprint started in the early 1960s during Isle of Man TT Week and was run on the sea front promenade adjacent to Ramsey Bay, located at the northeastern end of the Isle of Man. Back in the day it was attended by the top sprinters of the period, like George Brown on his Vincents, Nero and Super Nero and Alf Hagon’s supercharged Japanese bikes. In those days the event was a full quarter mile and ran in the opposite direction to the way it runs now. Today it is open to the public and anyone can compete. Dictated by the shape of the coastline at Ramsey Bay, the track has a curve. The banana bend wasn’t a problem in the 1960s when speeds were low but as bikes…

1 min.
david baker

I started riding motorcycles when I was 20 on a one-cylinder Ducati. 26 years passed. I had been going to school full time and also running a tile company full time. It was during a clinical rotation that the chance finally arose to own another bike. I traded a tile job with a doctor for a 2004 Suzuki Katana. It was this Katana that took me to my first trip to the track. After this adventure it led to my recent bike and a third place championship in CCS racing. This was after a near total rebuild following a crash and broken ribs. It just goes to show that even after 20 years, the bike never leaves your blood. I look forward to many more years on the race circuit…