Skip to comments.Insane Motor Race
Posted on 04/14/2012 6:09:08 AM PDT by navysealdad
The Isle of Man TT was for many years the most prestigious motor-cycle race in the world. Between 1907 and 2009 there have been 237 deaths during official practices or races on the Snaefell Mountain Course.
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Cool video. I’ve done 130 on a bike over the Courtney Campbell from Clearwater to Tampa. My helmet lifted off my head.. that’s hauling ass..
The Italian fours, the Norton singles, the Honda twins, threes, fours, fives and sixes!!, and Slippery Sam the BSA/Triumph 750 triple!
Maybe next year . . ..
As one who has great appreciation for the skills of mototorcyle roadracers, I have been in motorcycle roadracing at the national level as a sponsor and a tuner, I think that the Isle of Mann race should be changed an be put on a safe racetrack. The present course is dangerous beyond imagination.
But on the other hand I would like to be there once because of its history and tradition.
Have seen (on tv) some of that Isle of Mann racing
Scary looking course
Guess you never had any interest in Pro Stock bikes
Went to Indy last yr for that GP race...good race
I’ve watched the TT on television a couple times. Competing in that is a special breed of crazy.
That and working a couple AMA events at Sears Point have cured me of any desire to ride a motorcycle.
“Guess you never had any interest in Pro Stock bikes”
I was never involved directly in drag racing except bracket racing myself at the local races. However a close friend of mine was a Top Fuel bike builder for many years. If you have every seen the movie On Any Sunday, he was the guy holding the rear of a drag bike doing a burnout.
I use to do TT racing, Tavern to Tavern.
TT racing is still wildly popular in Europe, though the major factory team riders are banned from it, simply because it’s too dangerous.
The Mountain course in the Isle of Mann is about 37 3/4 miles, with around 200 corners. The “race” is based on 3 timed laps where riders are sent out individually at set intervals, which is why you don’t see groups of riders racing against each other. The “track” isn’t wide enough for that in many places. There are curbs, fences, and stone walls that border the course.
I do have to say that my personal hero, the late Joey Dunlop (OBE, awarded for his charitable work) was probably the most successful TT rider ever (though I believe his record is being eclipsed by John McGiunness). Something really interesting to watch is a movie called “V-Four Victory” (it used to be on You Tube - it may still be there) where they strapped a camera on Joey’s bike, and he does a lap of the course. The movie features Joey’s commentary on the course, and in many cases I find myself wondering what language he’s speaking! Unfortunately he was killed in a TT race in Estonia, and there were 10s of thousands of mourners at his funeral in Northern Ireland, attended by Catholics and Protestants alike.
Why do all the bikes wobble when the front wheel comes off the ground? I never noticed a dirt bike do that in their races.
We`ve been to the Nationals and seen a TF bikes front wheel
not start turning till about the 1/8 mile...scary stuff
We`ve been trying to call an aunt in Norman to see if
shes ok.Still haven`t got through
Prayer for all ya`ll under tornado warnings today
Is there any form of motor racing where no one has been killed.
You buys your ticket, you takes your chance’s.
Those who don’t wish to race can find a safe place to stand and watch.
Banning this race is like banning parachuting or bungy racing. You pick your special way to get your adrenalin rush and they pick theirs. Let it all hang out.
“I use to do TT racing, Tavern to Tavern.”
Me also and fortunately I lived through it.
Sport bikes have more power,more torque, are traveling at higher speeds , and have a different center of gravity than dirt bikes
Maybe I look at it from a different prospective since I have had several close friends killed in motorcycle races. I enjoy the races because of the rider skill and see no need to have extra risks. There have been many new ideas to increase rider safety in the AMA in the last few years, most notably Airfence, and the Daytona Sportbike class is the most exciting racing anywhere.
I have lost friends on motorcycles on the highway,but I wouldn’t ask them to stop riding , nor would they ask me to stop.
I understand your concerns, they are legitimate, but it is hardly feasible to place Airfence on a course as long as Isle of Mann. Many types of motorcycle racing have been banned over the years in America, Sidecars,Board tracks,all because of dangers, it’s a dangerous sport, for every motorcyclist killed there are 20 injured, some seriously.
I don’t believe I have ever seen a Dirt flat track racer without zippers in their knees and shoulders.I watched a kid go out one night and break his ankle, taped it up and went out and broke the other.
I realize your perspective and I would never place myself in that position eityher, but for those who want it,I wouldn’t ban it. Any more than I would ban horse racing or jumping.
Different strokes for different folks.
been following it for over 25 years...*smiles*
...that low camera shot of the bikes going up hill is Bray Hill at 190mph...wickedly fast...and when they crest,usually big time wheelies
Duke Video usually does a great job with their videos..
and the official website:
pucker factor +10...Barregarrow
look up Purple Helmets...*smiles*
One of the HD channels runs that race and some of the Rally courses.
I think it’s HDTV.
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