May 2016

Performance Bikes May issue

May 2016 Performance Bikes

There's a diverse array of bikes in this issue of PB. They range from the obviously sublime (the new ZX-10R and S1000RR) to the brilliantly ridiculous (the 190bhp pushrod Vincent racer). That’s one of the things that excites me about the world of high-performance bikes – real diversity in motorcycles that share the same goal: to go as fast as possible.

Features editor Chris has spent much of this month trying to go as fast as possible, too – this time down to Spain on that ZX- 10R and S1000RR. It was a wild few days with big speeds, big miles but somehow not big fines from the Guardia Civil. Still, the results are interesting – and reveal that the BMW isn’t going to have it all its own way.

We’re also celebrating 20 years of British Superbikes and I can’t believe how time has flown. I remember attending most of the 1996 season as a fan and I had little idea it would grow so much and sustain so much popularity. It’s been the best domestic superbike series in the world for two decades. Nice one, BSB.



Legendary BSB manager Jack Valentine rates this year's grid, team-by-team...


The SV650 is a long-time PB favourite, and the new one still plants a smile on our chops.


Back on home soil, we gave the ZX-10R to Michael Rutter to gauge its performance at Mallory Park.