If when I joined PB in 2006, someone had told me we’d devote an 18-page special to BMW, I’d have laughed at them. If they’d then told me it would consist of a behind-the-scenes feature on the build of their cutting-edge superbike, an insider’s view of their race engine department where anyone can buy a 220bhp motor, and was finished off with a test of their TT-winning Superstock machine, I’d have told them to stop taking the piss. Ten years ago, the funkiest BMW around was the R1200S, a weirdo boxer twin that felt OK. Now they make the fastest showroom-spec sportsbike money can buy. It’s an epic transformation. We went to BMW’s Berlin plant, where we were granted access to the production line of the 2017 S1000RR. According to features editor Chris, the level of testing and care that goes into each bike was astounding. I was equally amazed by my session on Ian Hutchinson’s TT racer – a bike that can lap at record-breaking speeds but cost less to buy and build than the van that takes it to the track.
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Inside this issue...
TRAINING THE BEAST
KTM’s lairy 1290 Super Duke learns some manners with some simple yet effective updates.
MORE STREET, MORE FIGHTER
Can a fresh look and uprated suspension cure the Yamaha MT-09’s flaws?
MOTO GP’S RIDER OF THE YEAR
With a season where he started as an also-ran and then established himself as a multiple race winner, no other rider confounded the critics like Cal, and not for the first time either. Speaking exclusively to PB, he looks at how he’ll get even better in 2017.