May 2017

Welcome...
 

Crashing never gets any easier. It’s an occupational hazard for anyone on PB, but I’ve been lucky enough not to do much in recent years (after some painful over-exuberance in my early career...). But as I kneeled in stagnant water last month, gasping as my winded lungs struggled to function, the same miserable cloud descended over me just like it did when I binned my moped as a teenager. I wasn’t hurt – well, only my pride, and a brand new S1000R... We have a glut of supernakeds we’ve ridden this month. The MT-10 SP, S1000R and Z1000R are the sort of nakeds we’ve waited for since the mid-1990s – grunty, comfy road bikes with proper brakes, power and suspension; no cost-cutting, no sacrifices. 

Enjoy the mag!

Chris Newbigging
Editor

 

Inside this issue....

STIFLED SCREAMS

Yamaha’s Euro-friendly R6 cleans up its act, but loses much of the top-end rush that made it so exhilarating in the first place.


THE DEFENDING CHAMPION

Five-times winner Shakey is the first man everyone has to beat.

 


NOT ON YOUR NINJA

The lightweight 650 that wants to be a sportsbike: Kawasaki revamp the ER-6f with a dose of Ninja spirit.