The best moments- UK mag Performance Bikes from about 1987 to 1995. Edited by English Literature MA Rupert Paul (who still writes occasionally for 'Bike') with most road tests done by top grade racer Mark Forsyth, and technical editing by John Robinson (whose technical books on 2-stroke, 4-stroke and chassis tuning are excellent for those who really want to go into how to make a bike), PB wrote the book on how to make a good bike mag. Their tests always backed the claims with data: top speeds, 1/4 miles, dyno charts for every bike tested. Even of they were testing glove or bike locks, they would have objective and quantifiable test methods. Every bike was stripped of bodywork and pictured with it's 'clothes off'. They had wheelies on the front cover years before anyone else, and while that's a mixed blessing these days, it was refreshingly honest in an area where everyone was trying to 'clean up the image of motorcycling'. They panned crap bikes and lost advertising as a result: after 1/4 mile testing the 1989 Ducati 900SS, the chain adjuster bolts bent. PB said it was crap. Ducati said it was rider abuse and pulled their ads. The bolts got bigger a year later. While Australian journalists were shooting their load over the Gilera Saturno and calling it 'the most significant bike released this year' and giving it BOTY nominations, PB rightly pointed out that although it was fun, bits fell off it as you rode along, and a little single really had no business costing more than an FZR1000 or ZZR1100. You've never heard of it? There were reasons for that. PB did lots of workshop stuff, especially focussed on optimum set-up for popular sports bikes. Most of the type of offbeat stories done on, say, the Top Gear TV show were started in PB. Four guys buy four bikes worth less than 1000 pounds each, and then race them, or tour them. Proper analysis of technical matters such as funny front suspension or how then-new cartridge forks work, repairing/updating old bikes, good GP and racing discussion, picture articles showing the best bikes from the Suzuka 8-hour or Assen singles racing (where all the great garage projects appear) or Superbike privateers, how-to-ride articles for those who wanted to go fast and survive rather than just look like RTA instructors, and a readers special inside every back cover. Excellent writing as well- funny, mixing quotes from Shakespeare with lines like 'I wish the missus made that noise when I open her up' (Trevor Franklin testing the 1994 Triumph Speed Triple). No topless girlies, though. And all this years ahead of its time, when most mags (in particular all US mags) never offended advertisers but had boobs everywhere, and were all prejudice and opinion without any facts except the manufacturers' specs. The only other workshop stuff in print was of the 'Spannerman' Q and A type (nothing wrong with that), and layout and design in other mags often seemed to result in white text on yellow pictures, or no good pics of a bike.