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Performance Bike May 2015 issue

Welcome to the May issue of Performance Bikes. We’ve spent a chunk of this month getting excited about superchargers. Kawasaki’s H2 and H2R mark the start of them becoming more commonplace on production bikes.


Kawasaki Heavy Industries are the first bike firm to develop their own supercharger and the result, according to tester Johnny Mac, is a bike that delivers stounding acceleration and mid-range power as well as a 197bhp top end. Frankly, that’s what we all want. The technology is expensive for now, but it’ll only come down in price and the Big K promise you’ll see it filter down the range.


But you don’t need mega-power to have fun. This month, contributor Simon Hargreaves had the time of his life on a bike that kicks out just 45 bhp. Revisiting Honda’s NSR250 MC28, he was astounded by the lightness and ferocity of the tiny two-stroke. It goes to show that what’s important isn’t how much power a bike makes, but how it makes it. Enjoy the mag.

Matt Wildee, editor.


The BIG features in our May issue...

H2: The moment of truth

H2: The moment of truth..

We head to Qatar to test Kawasaki’s supercharged H2 after months of excitement. Can we believe the hype? PB rides the supercharged behemoth – in its stock and H2R guises – and takes a closer look at the technology behind the new bike....

MotoGP tech

MotoGP tech

Which team has done its homework over the winter? What’s going on under the fairings of the major players in this year’s championship? Here’s where we are...


Ducati 996 buying guide

Ducati 996 buying guide

Everything you need to know if you’re looking to join the family...



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