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!
Inside this issue....
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.