Now disinfect your keyboard.
WHILE I WAS reading the BMW R1200RS Sport SE test in the December 2018 issue of my favourite bike mag and squinting hard at the accompanying photos I thought I discerned something you have missed from the article/equipment lists. The thing appears to have a centrestand!
OK, it’s arguably not that necessary on a bike without a chain or belt maybe, but a useful thing to have all the same. My much-loved CBR600F has one and I have used it now and then for wheel/chain maintenance and I haven’t decked it out in a corner yet. Not quite the thing to be seen in a sportsbike magazine perhaps? All the best. John Cotterell, Portland, Dorset
JM: No, we forgot about it because the shaft-drive BMW never required us to use it. There wasn’t one moment on the trip where it might have been useful. Maybe for cleaning, but I didn’t even need to do that.
I’ve just finished reading Johnny Mac’s article about the new Super Duke GT and reliving his moment of terror with him. Reading it felt as though I was on the bike with him but did it really not try to stand up when he jumped on the anchors? The laws of physics certainly say it should. Perhaps you could explain how cornering ABS avoids this from happening. Thanks for the great mag; it’s always a good read and gives me loads to talk about with the lads. Dick Clarke
JM: Magic, I presume. That and integrated electronic damping control – between two little ECUs, it managed to control the bike’s behaviour whilst slowing down and making a turn.
Too big to be a stormtrooper
Johnny, those white leathers are not so flattering. Maybe a change to a darker shade? Better still, with all the quality casual looking gear available now, why the insistence on one-piece race leathers all the time with you guys?
You’re like the kid who has to get his full replica footy kit on for a kick around in the park. Don’t worry; none of you lot will be mistaken for hipsters, just steer clear of the skinny jeans. Chris Knight
JM: I genuinely prefer wearing leathers: a good one-piece allows you more freedom of movement and comfort. And having smashed myself to pieces in the past, I’ve no interest in gear that prioritises style over safety.
The Fireblade looks awful...
WTF is that colourscheme meant to be? I’ve never seen anything as
horrible in all my 67 years! Are you colourblind and on acid there? Neill Cleverley
…but I’ll buy it…
I’ve followed the magazine for years and love the latest project. Is it something that PB is selling now it’s completed? Thank and keep up the good work. Otis Oddy
…and haven’t I seen this somewhere before?
I see the CBR1000 Fireblade has had a fresh coat of paint... (it’s actually a vinyl wrap, but we get your point – CN) And, as a 49-year-old, I’m getting quite used to seeing ‘what was once old is now new.’
Performance Bikes did a FZR back in the day and if I remember correctly it was painted in WW1 battleship black, white and grey...
Anyway, thank you for another good read and, as I have offered in the past, if any of you guys find yourself in Brisbane, Queensland, we live just 20 minutes from a 250km mountain range ride and we always have a bike available. Erskimoto
Someone who gets it
Leave it to PB to get it right. It seems like everybody else just tries to compare the new Z900RS to the old Z900, but that’s not what the bike’s about. Being an owner of a myriad of bikes and now an RS Cafe, you’ve hit the target in the bulls eye. Everything you liked and moaned about are true. It makes a very good modern day ride without having to pretend or compete with anything else.
Kawasaki gave us (the public) exactly what we wanted. Did they maybe do some market research? Who knows. But good on them, and good on PB, for getting it right. Skeet Wyman , San Diego CA
Centrestands one month, adventure bikes the next... Well, Johnny’s not getting any younger...
Cornering ABS: a handy thing to lean on
Kawasaki’s Z900: good old fashioned motorcycling for the 21st century
PB Blade: if you don’t like it, you’re wrong