Welcome to the June issue of Performance Bikes. This month we’ve gone road racing crazy. By the time you read this, the NW200 will be just about to happen, and then it’s time for racing’s most hardcore riders to head out to the Island for the TT.
To highlight their efforts, we’ve put together a 32-page supplement celebrating the best in road racing. We love the sport and have had road racers linked to the mag for 20 years, from the days of Ronnie Smith and Gus Scott, through to Guy Martin and today with John McGuinness as a columnist and Michael Rutter as our road tester. All of them normal, salt-of-the-earth blokes who are fearless, talented and fast as fuck.
And there is plenty of other goodness in this issue – I’ve just spent a great day with big Johnny Mac caning the hell out of the new Ducati Monster 1200 R and the Triumph Speed Triple R. Both are great roadbikes, but the Speed Triple is simply one of the best bikes I’ve ridden this year – so well balanced, so well suspended and with a brilliant road engine. Heaven!
Don't forget, free with this months PB is a 32-page road racing season preview supplement featuring interviews with Peter Hickman, and his guide to the courses of the NorthWest200, the Isle of Man TT and the Ulster Grand Prix. Michael Rutter takes a look at Michael Dunlop's very public split with Yamaha at last year's TT and asks if he jumped ship too soon?
Is the comeback kid of 2015, Ian Hutchinson poised to take it all in 2016? TT rider liasion Milky Quayle gives us his guide to a fast and safe lap of the TT course. We talk to 'Gene4ral' Lee Johnston about his promising future and find out from Julian Boland, John McGuinness's chief mechanic about the secrets of the best developed road racing bike on the planet.
Free with the June issue of PB, out now!
See what's inside the June issue
No laughing matter
PB have ridden more funny front ends than Michael Rutter has scrounged free dinners. The latest bike forging the fork less path is Australia’s Motoinno TS3...
How a racer is faster than a trackday rider
Using state-of-the-art datalogging, PB disects Michael Rutter and Johnny Mac’s track performance to discover
how you can find those vital seconds.
"It's taken 10 years... I wanted everything to be just right"
PB reader Ian Judd's Anniversary edition YZF-R1 has evolved into a factory-finish, track inspired roadbike.