PERFORMANCE BIKES JANUARY 2016
This month has all been about the new bikes unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan – and for me the star of the show is Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000. Despite what Suzuki may say, the last time we saw an all-new big-bore GSX-R was when they unveiled the K5, 11 years ago, and they’ve thrown everything at it.
The GSX-R is the first litre bike to have variable valve-timing, a valve-train with finger followers like an S1000RR and F1 cars allows it to rev its head off, and Showa’s top-spec gas forks are bolted to an all-new lightweight chassis. On paper it’s on the pace with anything to come from Japan. Yet some were underwhelmed by the first pictures, they shouldn’t be. When you see the bike outside of the context of a computer-rendered image on a flat-screen, it looks tiny, light and purposeful.
We’re just relieved that the much-loved GSX-R is being revitalised, rather than dying out through lack of development. But there’s plenty of other sexy models appearing next year, too.
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Inside this issue...
PB'S BIKES OF THE YEAR
In a year of amazing sports bikes, these are the best. We took them all to Oulton for the final track day of 2015.
Spark of inspiration
How far have electric race bikes really come? We ride John McGuinness’s TT Zero-winning Mugen Shinden to find out.
By royal appointment
When Dean Catton set out to build a Triumph Daytona 675RS, he didn’t anticipate crossing paths with the monarchy...