Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Mylo, Jun 6, 2005.
heads up, highlights of the races so far, on Men & Motors 20:00 all this week
Damn, missed it. It's repeated at 1:30 am though
yeah will be watching this!
did you see the NW200 highlights on men and motors too! awesome stuff with rutter and plater
watched it live on the web nice to see Michael equal his dads record of 13 wins shame the tyre gave up in race 2.
This is the first time I've really watched any bike racing and I've found it very interesting, these blokes have to be seriously crazy to go at those speeds around that circuit !
Did you see that Playstation game which has the whole TT circuit mapped very accurately, looks amazing.
see it, I own it very difficult so far but great fun. Maybe I should try it sober
Watching bikes on the TV is great but you can't beat the real thing. If you get a chance John go to one of the BSB races, you'll have a blast.
I've been hearing a lot of this TT racing lately, not normally into bike racing but this sounds quite good.
Is the racing actually done on real roads?
The TT festival takes place on the Isle of Man and is raced on a circuit of aprox 37 miles of mostly public roads, dry stone walls an all. This is the most challenging road circuit in the world. John McGuiness has the lap record of over 125mph average the big boys top out at up to 200mph and they do 6 laps. The machines get absolutely battered by the conditions.
Michael Rutter did 201.4mph at the Northwest 200 on his BSB factory Honda on a public A road.
The game so far seems pretty accurate as I keep smashing into walls at high speed.
My cousin raced there back in the early 90's on a Suzi GSX-R 750. He strapped a camera to his tank and filmed his race. All I can say is WOW!!! He was never the best of racers but to see him flying around the IOM was exhilirating. That was his one and only time he raced there but he loved every minute of it and admitted it scared the crap out of him - he was 6,6 and 260lbs so it took a fair bit to scare him.
My condolences to Gus "Sackface" Scott's family. He sadly died there this weekend. Performance Bikes will never be the same again! RIP, Gus.
Thats the only problem with the Island, but the racers wouldn't give it up if you payed them.
Someone who I used to work with some years ago knew Steve Spray who used to ride the JPS Norton and he did the same thing with a camera on his bike - seriously scarey stuff ! I think I might venture out to some bike racing, where do I find out venues and times and stuff ?
P.S. I think I'll look pretty silly turning up in my Fiesta though
try www.msttiming.com for the race calender. Don't worry about being a car driver John, I don't ride bikes due to being too hot headed but love the racing. I normally go to all the semi local BSB (less than 150 miles) circuits as my brother in law sponsors Rutter.
Cheers mate, you might want to alter that link, there's one too many s in there - I could only get msttiming.com to work
cheers John, sorted
Arrrrgghhhh (About to put a post in the 'things that make.......), cant believe I missed the TT racing at 8, to busy decorating the lounge. I have setup the Sky+ to record it at 3.00am as it is being repeated then.
as mylo knows i raced in the isle of man 7 times,from 1970 to 1977, but....
even i think its to dam dangerous now,200mph on normal roads is to fast,its now just a bike selling thing for the main japanese factories,it needs to be taken back to sane speeds,i lost a good mate there in 1973 i dont want to see it die but nor do i look forward to it any more,i just think how many this year.
I do indeed, have seen the proof
Hi Dennis I wondered where our resident expert was. Even the little (600cc) sidecars are getting up to 120 mph laps now which is way too fast. The supersport 600's are just completely mental these days due to their tiny size and huge power.
I wonder how they could govern the speeds and still make the racing competitive but as Dennis says something needs to be done.
to be honest i think the tt is finished,but keep the manx grand prix for classic bikes and ex real tt machines like the 125's and 250 gp 2 strokes,people will still go there to race,but perhaps more will come home,the tt now has two classes 600 and superbikes,the spirit of the races has gone.
and im sad.
Watching this on normal streets has made me realise just how fast the bikes are going, you never get that sense of speed on the telly when they are on a circuit do you ?
Not even close mate, onboard shots on the sort of bends you recognise really shows how dangerous the sport is. The speeds are scary. The guys that do it have skill and serious bottle.
by the way the manx grand prix is held on the same circuit with the same number of laps but is for"amateurs"it is held in september and was originally a stepping stone for the tt,but now there is no difference,the "manx" is the freindly race.
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