April 2017

Welcome...

PB’s 32-year life has seen huge changes in the sportsbike world: the cutting-edge is now 200bhp, not 100bhp. Sticky tyres are radial, not cross-ply, and ABS and traction control are now performanceenhancing friends, not fun-killing enemies. Side by side, the first and most recent issues of the mag are nearly unrecognisable. Yet beyond the obvious advances of time, some things don’t change: as I become the latest lunatic in charge of the PB asylum, we’re getting excited about a GSX-R again. The first 750 Slabbie rocked our world in ’85, and it feels like we’ve waited forever to ride the new 1000. But it was worth it – it’s better than ever, and is a real contender now.

The first issue of PB starred a trick Ducati fashioned after a factory race bike, and so does this one. Luke Aldicott’s Panigale RS-rep is dripping in WSB exotica, yet is still used on the road. And you can drool over it for years to come with the pullout poster in the middle of the mag. So it’s business as usual here at PB: brilliant motorcycles thrashed, loved and made faster. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as the previous 383.

Enjoy the mag!

Chris Newbigging
Editor

 

Inside this issue....

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

The all-new GSX-R can’t be just good: it has to be great. After our first ride, we think it’s hit the mark.


LOSING THEIR OWN GAME

It’s make-or-break time for Suzuki: PB finds out if their new GSX-S750 stands up to its brilliant middleweight naked rivals.


ONE-WAY STREET

Lighter, faster, redesigned from the ground up, Triumph's single-minded Street Triple 765 RS is a better track weapon than a road bike.