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At TT Isle of Man Road Racing
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Posted on 03/17/2014 8:23:52 AM PDT by navysealdad

Between life and death there is madness and that madness is the Isle of Mann TT. The Isle of Man TT was for many years the most prestigious motor-cycle race in the world.

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1 posted on 03/17/2014 8:23:52 AM PDT by navysealdad
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To: navysealdad

Every year it produces some of the best 2-wheeled action to be seen. Ever.


2 posted on 03/17/2014 8:26:20 AM PDT by SFC Chromey (We are at war with Islamofascists and their useful idiots, now ACT LIKE IT!)
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To: navysealdad

Insane race, makes regular moto GP look like kids play!


3 posted on 03/17/2014 8:28:17 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I miss you, dad.)
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To: navysealdad
Never seen it myself. It's on my bucket list along with the Monaco GP, Indy 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Baja 1000, Daytona 500, and a WRC race.

I've seen footage though. And man, it looks crazy-dangerous!

4 posted on 03/17/2014 8:32:31 AM PDT by 60Gunner (Fight with your head high, or grovel with your head low.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice; 60Gunner; Salamander; TheOldLady; 50mm; JoeProBono; Slings and Arrows

Weather is clear. 45 today, 55 tomorrow.

I think my “Wing” may have to take flight.
(I hear it groaning softly in the driveway.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRWp9rhfS_0

(Don’t worry, I’ll try to keep it under 250kph on the first time out.)


5 posted on 03/17/2014 8:37:39 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: SFC Chromey

“Every year it produces some of the best 2-wheeled action to be seen.”

Yep, the sidecar event is pretty cool also. Dude in the sidecar has got some nads, he isn’t just riding along he’s working the weight and balance all the time.


6 posted on 03/17/2014 8:42:54 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: 60Gunner
Dangerous indeed.
7 posted on 03/17/2014 8:43:20 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Right Brother

Looks as if Honda and Suzuki own this course of late.


8 posted on 03/17/2014 8:47:35 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Right Brother

dadgum, killed during parade lap.


9 posted on 03/17/2014 8:49:20 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: shibumi

I am shoveling snow.

:(


10 posted on 03/17/2014 8:58:37 AM PDT by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Salamander

(All Praise to Him!) God took most of our snow away over the weekend.

Only the big memorial piles left, some of which will no doubt be there well into June.

The roads are “holely” but clear.


11 posted on 03/17/2014 9:03:27 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

*sigh*


12 posted on 03/17/2014 9:07:30 AM PDT by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: navysealdad
Wait 'til the Isle of Man hosts the Barack Obama 500!


13 posted on 03/17/2014 9:09:53 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Right Brother

This is the reason why most of the professional superbike racers will not run this race. Stone walls do not have a lot of give at 140 mph.

However, I look forward to watching it on TV every year.

I will bet you, this year it will be won by some guy named Conner with bad teeth.


14 posted on 03/17/2014 9:11:02 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963 (=)
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To: shibumi


15 posted on 03/17/2014 9:18:39 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: navysealdad

I thought the races were usually held in May/June?


16 posted on 03/17/2014 9:27:30 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963 (=)
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To: Right Brother

Something left off the list is the fact that the course is opened up every night after the end of the days racing, allowing the public onto the course, where there are no speed limits.

This results in quite a few “civilian” deaths every year as well.

Mark


17 posted on 03/17/2014 9:40:41 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: woodbutcher1963
This is the reason why most of the professional superbike racers will not run this race. Stone walls do not have a lot of give at 140 mph.

The IoM TT used to be a part of the FIM F-1 world championship, and factory riders were expected to race it. Ago led a boycott of the race in the 1970s, and it was eventually removed from the schedule, as were the rest of the TT races.

Mark

18 posted on 03/17/2014 9:44:24 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Right Brother

What is interesting is the level of death and danger consistant over a 90 year history.

The NW 200 in Ireland has had 15 deaths since 1939. The TT on the Isle of Mann has had 240 deaths from 1907.


19 posted on 03/17/2014 9:44:44 AM PDT by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: woodbutcher1963

http://www.iomtt.com/TT-Info.aspx


20 posted on 03/17/2014 9:44:45 AM PDT by Doogle (( USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: JoeProBono
Joey Dunlop's funeral:

Mark

21 posted on 03/17/2014 9:45:51 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: navysealdad

Balls of steel.


22 posted on 03/17/2014 9:47:19 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '16)
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To: Doogle

...besides the TT races...check out what they call the Irish road racing series..usually same riders..same excitement AND DARING.


23 posted on 03/17/2014 9:48:03 AM PDT by Doogle (( USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: navysealdad

I thought that there was another TT race in a place called Assen in the Netherlands.


24 posted on 03/17/2014 10:05:25 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG

There is


25 posted on 03/17/2014 10:09:33 AM PDT by bruoz
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To: MarkL

Dunlop (the elder one) was also a big supporter of Romanian orphanages. I’m sure he’s sorely missed by them as well, although the charity lives on.


26 posted on 03/17/2014 10:46:29 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: MarkL
Something left off the list is the fact that the course is opened up every night after the end of the days racing, allowing the public onto the course, where there are no speed limits.

This results in quite a few “civilian” deaths every year as well.

Mark


I bet things haven't changed much.

As a teenager in 1965 I took the ferry from Liverpool to Douglas, IoM and saw the amateur version of the TT races, the Grand Prix races, run over the same course.

Lots of spectator motor bikes on the ferry, with all of them wanting a “go on the track” in the off hours. At that time I remember a few beheadings reported as bikes went off the track and through a farmers wire fence.

We walked out of town and camped on a farmers field next to the track. It was neat to wake up to the noise of the practice laps and the smell of burnt Castor oil...:^)

Douglas became a party town for the week, but was very well behaved since the birch was still the rule of law in the Isle of Man. A change from the drunken behavior of the current UK youth.

It certainly was a spectacle not to be missed, and seeing the bikes running at those high speeds down little country roads was quite amazing. Some of the houses on the track even had their front door step as the edge of the track - no sidewalk in the little villages.

27 posted on 03/17/2014 12:41:41 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: Amberdawn
Dunlop (the elder one) was also a big supporter of Romanian orphanages. I’m sure he’s sorely missed by them as well, although the charity lives on.

Not to blow my own horn, but... http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3134163/posts

Mark

28 posted on 03/17/2014 7:08:34 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL

Very Nice! I remember that post!


29 posted on 03/17/2014 7:46:09 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: 353FMG
I thought that there was another TT race in a place called Assen in the Netherlands.

At least until recently, there were still quite a number of TT races, all over Europe. However, due to their danger, the major sanctioning bodies that handle MotoGP and World Superbike series don't participate in them. I do know that Assen has scheduled MotoGP and World Superbike races, but they're on a world class race track. I'm not sure if the Assen TT is raced on the track or roads.

FWIW, Joey Dunlop lost his life racing at in a TT in Estonia.

Mark

30 posted on 03/17/2014 9:10:31 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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