July 2016

Welcome to the July issue of Performance Bikes magazine. In this issue we’ve all gone a little bit crazy for Yamaha’s MT-10. Quite simply, we reckon it is the best-value new bike on sale today. At a quid under 10 grand, there is very little out there that can live with it when it comes to performance or presence. It’s far more than just a fettled R1, and a million miles from a sportsbike lash-up without a fairing. You can read Chris’s breathless report.

As I write this, I’ve just come back from an amazing weekend at the Le Mans MotoGP. It has been an embarrassingly long time since I was at a GP and the noise and amazing riding (especially Lorenzo’s) blew me away, as did the ride there. Sneaking down late on a Friday night I was met with mile-upon-mile of empty Autoroute and the ZZR1400 I’d borrowed obliged with big speed and amazing mile-eating ability.

Everyone at some point in their life needs to experience a massive roadbike with 192bhp and 115lb.ft of torque.

Matt Wildee
Editor

 

Inside this issue...

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The master blaster


Refined with better suspension, brakes and even more grunt, Kawasaki’s 2016 ZZR1400 is still the fastest thing money can buy. Matt holds on for his life...

 


On a wing and a prayer


winglets have taken MotoGP by storm this season. But many riders and MotoGP bigwigs want them banned. So, what's the big deal?

 


Retromental


Yamaha’s XSR900 combines classic looks with cutting-edge tech. But is it any fun? Er, yes, says editor Matt.