Wel­come

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Contents - Jim Moore, Edi­tor

World Su­per­bikes has be­come te­diously pre­dictable in the last few years, with only Kawasaki and Du­cati hav­ing any chance of lift­ing the ti­tle; the former tak­ing the top prize in four of the last five years... Zzzzzzz.

But it hasn’t al­ways been so. Go back 25 years and wsb was about to be­gin its most ex­cit­ing and un­ex­pected sea­son ever.

US tuner Rob Muzzy was about to step onto the world stage for the first time, bring­ing with him some amaz­ing fa­cial hair, a quick Kawasaki and a crazy young gun from Ge­or­gia, Scott Rus­sell.

Up against the might of Du­cati and a le­gion of fac­tory 888s, Muzzy and Rus­sell achieved the im­pos­si­ble – win­ning the top prize first time out, and on just a frac­tion of Du­cati’s race bud­get. Real David and Go­liath stuff. It would be 20 years be­fore Kawasaki won the ti­tle again. Come re­live that glory year from page 47.

IFWSB had be­gun three years ear­lier it’s fair to say that Suzuki’s GSX-R750 would have done a lot of the win­ning in the se­ries’ for­ma­tive years. a win­ner out of the crate, the GSX-R was the first and re­mains the stan­dard of the quar­ter-litre su­per­bike class. But which model should be on your radar? Find out from page 54.

Also in the is­sue you’ll find the Du­cati ST2 that’s found its sport­ing mojo (page 67), ATR2 replica RD350B, how 3D print­ing will be the fu­ture of spares, a Honda MVX250 buy­ers’ guide, how to re­pair crankcases, and loads more.

En­joy your PS.

De­mon combo: Rob Muzzy (left) and Scott Rus­sell

Pure and sim­ple. Way to go

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