March 2017

Welcome...
 
The Honda FireBlade has played a part in every one of our lives, even if we’ve never owned one. Along with the Suzuki GSX-R750, it has formed the blueprint for the modern four-cylinder superbike – light, fast, sweet-handling and dripping with race-bred intent. This month we’ve been immersed in Blade life. We spent time and effort getting under the skin of the new bike and even stripped an old version in the studio to compare the two. I then scratched a twodecade- old itch by thrashing the hell out of PB reader Geoff’s mint 1993 Blade on my favourite road. Sheer bloody heaven.

As I write this, I’m just packing my kitbag to head off to ride the latest models and I’m excited to find out just what they’re like. It’s a great way to sign off my time with PB... After a decade on the mag I’m heading off to pastures new and PB will be left in Chris’s capable (or should that be culpable?) hands. Thanks to each and every PB reader. You’re all awesome!

Enjoy the mag!

Matt Wildee
Editor

 

Inside this issue....

25 YEARS OF PROGRESS

Just how different are the original and latest Fireblades? We took them both apart to take a much closer look.


FROM JOEY TO HUTCHY

Operating out of a unassuming salvage yard in Moneymore, Northern Ireland, father and son duo Hector and Philip Neill’s TAS Racing team has been at the forefront of the road racing scene for 40 years


WORLD SUPERBIKES: IS THIS THE FIX?

WSB starts this month, but will reverse grids and a new class make it essential viewing again?