October 2017


Exciting times here at PS. Next month we’re relaunching the mag. It’ll be bigger, better and packed with even more of the bikes, projects, workshop tips, nostalgia and buying guides you love. It’ll be in the shops on 11 Oct. Don’t miss it. But that hasn’t stopped us pouring our hearts into this issue. It’s a belter.

Phil West reveals what makes Yamaha’s FZR400RR the sharpest, most up-for-it and frankly irresistible supersport 400 of all. Alan struggles to contain his excitement – and wallet – when he tests a Bimota SB4 back-to-back with the identically powered Suzuki GSX1100E. More importantly, however, this issue is made excellent by you. PS reader Shaun Marston invited us round to sample his brilliant GS750. Using Suzuki parts, engineering nous and his many years of spannering experience, Shaun’s transformed his humble GS into a modern retro-beating beauty. It’s hugely impressive.

Last, but by no means least, you’ve made us laugh, gasp and holler at your tales of crashes past. We’ve all done it, some more than others....

See you next month in the new PS.

Enjoy the mag
Jim Moore, Editor


What's inside this Issue of practical sportsbikes?


Money matters

£12,500 of Bimota SB4 plays £2000 of stock GSX1100. Can it really be 10 and a half grand better? Opinions differ....


Suzuki GS750

Shaun Marston is a mechanic. Small wonder then his personal take on the GS750 looks right, is right and goes round corners way better.


Yamaha FZR400RR

Prettier than a south sea pearl, the minimiddleweight FZR steers, howls and excites like few other rarified 400s. Treat it well and the rewards provided are enormous.