IF THE BRI­TISH-BUILT

Performance Bikes (UK) - - CONTENTS - Chris New­big­ging Edi­tor, [email protected]­mag.co.uk

cre­ations we’ve rid­den this month are any in­di­ca­tion of what this coun­try is still ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing, we may yet emerge from the Brexit process in de­cent shape... A few laps on Tri­umph’s de­vel­op­ment mule for their 2019 Moto2 con­trol mo­tor was all it took for Johnny to prac­ti­cally in­sist they take the short step (p45) fur­ther by turn­ing it into a road bike: the lightly-tuned 765 mo­tor in a Day­tona chas­sis felt so close to the big-bore Tri­umph su­per­sport bike we've been hop­ing for, it’d be crim­i­nal not to of­fer one. For the first time, they said they might do it, too... Of course, they're al­ready build­ing some great sports weapons: the Speed and Street Triple RS mod­els are great road bikes, and sur­pris­ingly tough cus­tomers in the fast group, too. Michael Rut­ter was tasked with find­ing out whether torque or agility makes for the fastest Brit su­per-naked, on p20. And while the XSR900 is tech­ni­cally Ja­panese, Hag Hughes’ 900LC is a very Bri­tish cre­ation, and very fine it is, too. See it on p57.

‘It’d be crim­i­nal not to of­fer a Day­tona 765, it’s so good’

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