June 2018

It's refreshing to get some sub-1000cc bikes in that really make a ride special. Anything sporty less than a litre – faired or naked – has either been either dropped or neglected for some years ….

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May 2018

There's nothing glamorous about the back road that more or less links my house to the dyno at BSD a few miles away: it’s windswept, rutted, and a local accident blackspot to boot …

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April 2018

PB has made a 33-year habit of doing stuff properly when it comes to testing. A quick wobble to the coffee stop on a launch doesn’t excite us – we’d rather give new models a proper pasting and see what they’re really made of. …..

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February 2018

Naked bikes rock – grunt, style and decent handling but with a bar/seat/footpeg relationship that promotes hooning but not creaking bones. But, if you’re from a sportsbike background, they can lack a little outright performance when you give it your best.

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January 2018

It's great to see V4s making a comeback. At this point, we’ve no idea how good the new Ducati is (though we have a fair idea...), but you clearly love it: all of the £35k ‘Speciale’ editions are sold already...

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October 2017

We get our tame road/racing rider to pitch the BMW S1000RR-derives sport against the Aprilia Tuono V4 Factory. We ride the last of Ducati's V-twins, and find out how to get 150bph for under £4k.

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August issue

The August issue of Performance Bikes features a whacking great big 18-pages of Michael Rutter testing the GSX-R1000R vs the BMW S1000RR on closed roads on the Isle of Man. Welcome to the UK's fastest ever road test...

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July 2017

This month in the mag we've got a first test of Ducati's 2017 Superleggera and Rutter test three of the most exciting supernakeds. We also take a look at how mass-produced carbon frames will give birth to a new generation of ultra-light sportsbikes...

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June 2017

We claimed we could make a 2008 Fireblade faster than 2017’s best superbikes, in this issue we put it to the test. Our 2008 Fireblade started life as eBay’s least desirable CBR1000RR, but six months later our big-miler has been turned around – it’s now a simply brilliant road/track bike.

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May 2017

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...

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April 2017

In the April issue we’re getting excited about a GSX-R again. The first 750 Slabbie rocked our world in ’85, and it feels like we’ve waited forever to ride the new 1000. But it was worth it – it’s better than ever, and is a real contender now...

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March 2017

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...

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February 2017

Inside the Feb issue of PB we visit BMW’s Berlin plant, where we were granted access to the production line of the 2017 S1000RR, KTM’s lairy 1290 Super Duke learns some manners plus an exclusive look into Moto GP's rider of the year, Cal Crutchlow...

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January 2017

In this months issue we headed to Milan to speak to the Ducati and BMW design bosses about their new bikes. Plus we headed to the NEC to have a look at the Norton V4 – an amazing, beautiful thing... 

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December 2016

This issue is all about new metal - and proof that Japanese bike manufacturers are back at the top of their game. We look at the new Fireblade SP and it's new upgrade and the Suzuki GSX-R1000 and how they push technology forward... 

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November 2016

In this issue, Chris and I headed to the Classic TT, Michael Rutter takes us over to Anglesey to thrash the living hell out of the best sportsbikes of the last few years, plus we sent a man to Bonneville to get under the skin of Guy Martin’s 1000bhp Streamliner and the amazing technology that powers it.

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