March 2019

My first month as editor on the newly-combined Practical Sportsbikes/Performance Bikes magazine has been an interesting one. Not least because we’ve been hard at work advancing and enhancing each mag’s individual strengths with some new ideas, and new features, as well as simply bringing them under one roof. That’s always rewarding.

The thing that’s really kept my grey matter excited in the last four weeks is the sheer variety presented by those evolving pages. I’m primarily into sportsbikes and anything closely related to them, but I dig anything with a bit of technical interest, excitement or visual appeal. Air-cooled ’70s big-bore grunt, 1980s two-stroke weapons, big twins, or the crisp, direct thrill of a cutting-edge sportsbike: they’ve all got a place here in my eyes. Variety is a good thing. And it doesn’t get more varied than the mag at your fingertips now.

I’ve soaked up the detail in some superb restorations, admired the engineering that’s gone into brilliant specials and considered selling blood relatives to buy some of the test bikes. Our own fleet of daily riders, projects and rebuilds is bigger and more varied than ever too: from TS50 to RCV, via Ducatis and GSX1100s, we’ve got plenty to be getting on with in our own sheds and garages too. The mag is rammed with more than either title has ever known before, with a huge range of expertise putting it together: and this is only the beginning of what we want to achieve. Whether you’re reading this primarily as a fan of PS or PB, don’t be afraid to get in touch and let us know what you think: we’ll be tweaking some more as we go and your view is as important as ever.

Chris Newbigging, Editor

Dean Machine

What do TT stars do during the winter? Eat, sleep and train, sure. But if you’re Dean Harrison, you find time to rebuild a sponsor’s Yamaha RD250LC too.

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Beyond Special

The star superbikes of 1999 are rarely seen alone these days, let alone together: PS jumped at the chance to ride an Evo ’Blade and an R7 in sunny Spain.

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Happy Accident

What looked like a lightly damaged ZX-9R C2 turned out to be a squashed lemon, but it taught Neil and Woz the weird ways of the ZX-9R model range.

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