In ten years of working on PB and seven running it, I’ve not come across an issue with such a variety of drop-dead gorgeous motorcycles. To begin with, Chris and I headed to the Classic TT, saw some amazing classic racers, stripped them down and marvelled at the ingenuity that had gone into them. Then it all got a bit faster when Michael Rutter took us over to Anglesey to thrash the living hell out of the best sportsbikes of the last few years. It was the best test we’ve done in ages – all the bikes properly set up on equal tyres, and ridden by a multiple BSB and TT race winner. We then sent a man to Bonneville to get under the skin of Guy Martin’s 1000bhp Streamliner and the amazing technology that powers it. It’s a stunning melding of British metal and American ambition.
Finally, Chris went to ride the best reader’s special we’ve ever seen – a hubcentre- steered Aprilia Mille whose chassis was machined by a normal bloke with a very abnormal shed. It’s stunning and you can read about it in this issue.
Enjoy the mag!
Inside this issue...
SPORTSBIKE OF THE (LAST 3) YEAR (S)
We take the best bikes of the last three years, fit them with control tyres and let Rutter loose on them.
HUB OF CREATIVITY
Sean Wilson designed, built and engineered his own hub-centre-steered bike. It’s the most incredible reader’s special we’ve seen (and ridden) in a decade.
FAST GROUP HIPSTERS
Less café, more racer: PB bins the latte and heads to Cadwell with the Thruxton R and R NineT Sport.