If you’re looking for someone to thrash your latest high performance machine on road and track, you’d be hard pushed to find a better team than the guys at Performance Bikes magazine.
With an amazing range of bikes available in 2015, as manufacturers began to take some of their flagship models to the next level, they have been spoiled for choice in terms of test bikes, and in their February 2016 edition they have been looking back on their time with some of these superb machines.
Covering so many miles, the Performance Bikes team work their way through a lot of rubber too – and when it comes to Continental, it seems that they have faired very well.
Features Editor Chris Newbigging has been enjoying life with the big Kawasaki Z1000 in his garage. With plenty of grunt, and the ideal setup to get the front wheel off the ground, it’s proof that sometimes you don’t need loads of tech and superbike power to get out there and really enjoy yourself. A few changes to the stock machine including an ECU reflash, and it now makes an extra 11bhp at peak power too.
Chris has tried four sets of tyres on the Kawasaki, the latest being a set our ContiSportAttack 2, putting 650 miles on a set so far, and he says:
“The best all-round tyre. Just the right steering characteristics, warm up well, work in the wet and cold yet plenty of grip for a thrash. No stability problems – all the Z1000 will ever need.”
Earlier in 2015, Performance Bikes pitted a number of leading fast road & occasional track day tyres against one another in a two part test.
Included in the test was the ContiRaceAttack Comp Endurance, which Road Tester John McAvoy gave the highest personal score of any tyre on both road and track.
Former GP racer Jeremy McWilliams was also on hand for the track test on the latest BMW S1000RR, to give his expert opinion, and more importantly, see how quickly he could lap on each of the seven sets of rubber.
In the end, it was the Continental which lapped the fastest around Rockingham with McWilliams putting in a superb 1:27.61, going up against some fast road and track day favourites including the Racetec RR K3 and Supercorsa SP V2.
Since then, Chris Newbigging has also given the tyres a longer term 1,500 mile test on the staff Daytona 675 from Triumph, and Performance Bikes say:
“These lasted well, had good grip on the track, lasted well and could have gone further happily.”
For the full opinion on all of their long term test bikes, pick up the very latest edition of Performance Bikes magazine!