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Britain's best biking podcast, with Simon Hargreaves and Martin Fitz-Gibbons

Front End Chatte‪r‬ Simon Hargreaves and Martin Fitz-Gibbons

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Britain's best biking podcast, with Simon Hargreaves and Martin Fitz-Gibbons

    Front End Chatter #133

    Front End Chatter #133

    Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter, Britain’s most pancake-powered biking podcast, with Simon Hargreaves and Martin Fitz-Gibbons, Britain’s most pancaked motorcycle journalists. And Front End Chatter is, as ever, made from the plain flour and two eggs of Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists, and www.bikesocial.co.uk, the world’s most comprehensive motorcycling website.
    And on this episode of Front End Chatter we have:
    how do you like your pancakes? full details of Suzuki’s 2021 Hayabusa, including some thinking behind that headline power deficit over the old bike… Martin’s new bike – what’s he got and why’s he got it? how cool would an adventure bike rally-cross race at the Isle of Man be? how will a proposed naked superbike class effect the prospects of up-and-coming young riders on an international stage? wouldn’t it be cool if Triumph lay on a Speed Triple one-make series to promote the new bike? the pros and cons of the Rekluse auto clutch system fuelling and throttle snatch – why, oh why does it exist? why is fuel injection less efficient than carbs? … all this and much more chattering!

    Thanks for listening and supporting the pod, and please keep your emails and questions coming to:
    anything@frontendchatter.com
    And catch us on the socials:
    @SimonHBikes
    @Mufga
     
     

    • 2 hrs 12 min
    Front End Chatter #132

    Front End Chatter #132

    Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter, and episode 132 of the long funning ramily drama in which ranty old seadog Simon Hargreaves (played by Oliver Reed, in his final screen role), rattling around alone in the east wing of Chatter Manors, is faced with moral bankruptcy and can only be saved by the intervention of the saintly Martin Fitz-Gibbons (played by Peter O’Toole in his final screen role). Together they form an unlikely alliance with Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists (played by Alan Bennett, in his final screen role) and www.bikesocial.co.uk, the world of biking on the web (played by Meryl Strepsil, in her final screen role).
    And there are some motorbikes in all this, in case you’re new round here.
    And in this episode, Simon and Martin chatter about:
    a new Suzuki Hayabusa they know nothing about, but which you, by now, do – was we right or was we right? Triumph’s new and rather impressively spec’d Speed Trip KTM’s updated but also impressive 1290 Super Adventure with rude tyres Are BMW really not going to bike shows any more? And in the FEC sack, we have topics as varied as:
    how to secure your helmet to your bike when going walkabout how to ride over potholes and bumps (at speed) what do electric bikes have to achieve to find widespread acceptance? what makes a bike exceed expectations? what’s the Five Nations Tour? when is a Vyrus not a virus? ...and much, much more...
    Thank you for downloading and listening, and sending your thoughts, ideas and questions to:
    anything@frontendchatter.com
    And thanks to Bennetts and BikeSocial for continued support!
    Get Simon and Martin on the socials at:
    @SimonHbikes
    @Mufga
     

    • 2 hrs 5 min
    Front End Chatter #131

    Front End Chatter #131

    Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter E131, Britain’s favourite and longest serving motorcycling podcast, possibly either or, who’s counting? What’s for sure is we’re indebted and abetted by Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists, and www.bikesocial.co.uk, the marvellous motorcycling website.
    And on FEC this week, Simon and Martin chatter about:
    Triumph’s new Speed Triple 1200 RS – how big will it be really, is it bored and/or stroked, and will Triumph go after hyper-naked revs and power, or keep the Speed Trip a raunchy but slightly more useful super-naked? when is a spy shot not a spy shot? guesswork around Aprilia’s new RSV4 and Tuono, for whom the passenger has always been a "barely tolerated guest" according to Aprilia – and wouldn’t it be nice if they made a CapoNord V4? We also dive in the FEC sack and ponder delights such as:
    when is it too cold to get your pegs down and why motorcycling shouldn't be a faith-based activity where should we put our feet when we're riding? how racing isn't necessarily a mandatory next step on from track days what's the adventure bike equivalent of a ZZR1400 for £6-£7k?  and much, much more! A bit. Thank you very much for listening, thanks to Bennetts and www.bikesocial.co.uk for putting up with us, and please keep your thoughts, musings, queries and fact correcting coming to:
    anything@frontendchatter.com
    Catch us on the Instas and Twitters:
    @SimonHbikes 
    @Mufga
     
     
     

    • 2 hrs 3 min
    Front End Chatter #130

    Front End Chatter #130

    Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter E130, and the first FEC of 2021; a brand new year, and hopefully things will get better – but some things stay the same and there’s not much chance of FEC improving any time soon.
    Thanks as always to Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists, and www.bikesocial.co.uk, home of all that’s good and virtuous in motorcycling.
    And on FEC this week, Simon and Martin chatter about:
    Davide Brivio’s shock exit from Suzuki MotoGP team boss to F1... and who we’d choose to replace him John McPint MBE has won an MBE from the Queenie, but who else has and who hasn’t? when motorcycle manufacturers get market research wrong hello to Aprilia’s new Tuono 660... ...and goodbye; we mourn the passing of true racing and engineering pioneer, Peter Williams We also dive in the FEC sack and answer some timeless wonderings:
    what was that about preload and ride height again? winter hacks – it’s a love/hate thing magazines are for old riders; YouTube is for young ’uns: discuss are the Isle Of Wight Diamond Races going to happen in 2021? all this and much more! Thank you very much for listening, thanks to Bennetts and www.bikesocial.co.uk for putting up with us, and please keep your thoughts, musings, queries and fact correcting coming to:
    anything@frontendchatter.com
    Catch us on the Instas and Twitters:
    @SimonHbikes (but to be honest it’s more paracord hobbies and current affairs than bikes; I like to think it’s context)
    @Mufga (he’s funnier than me)
     
     

    • 2 hrs 10 min
    Front End Chatter #Joan Mir Interview

    Front End Chatter #Joan Mir Interview

    Hello and welcome to a very special mini-episode of Front End Chatter, sponsored by Bennetts and www.bikesocial.co.uk – and it’s the one where Simon and Martin, literally a quartet of spods in underpants, get to have a 10-minute chat with none other than the 2020 MotoGP World Champion, Suzuki’s Joan Mir. It’s short and sweet, a bit like Mr Mir himself.

    • 26 min
    Front End Chatter #129

    Front End Chatter #129

    Hello and welcome a fully festive, technically flawed, partially visual (which makes no sense to listeners in black and white) but otherwise entirely oral episode 129 of Front End Chatter, Britain’s favourite motorcycling podcast helmed by Simon Hargreaves and Martin Fitz-Gibbons and kept afloat by the oceanic Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists, and www.bikesocial.co.uk, all your two-wheeled needs digitally delivered via fibre optics (get well soon John!)
    And this week on FEC we have:
    good news for Norton donors good news for scooter and moped manufacturers how the Covid pandemic has affected bike sales and how far and often we ride, and how it’s given us renewed motivation to do the things in 2021 we’ve always put off doing our favourite bikes of the year, and biggest disappointments what we’re looking forward to riding in 2021 plus! Do you want an MV Agusta Turismo Veloce, or would a Tracer GT do the same thing? Or even a Z1000SX? would a Guzzi V85TT suit a novice off-road rider? is the NC500 really worth it? what’s Britain’s most picturesque motorway? is the 1998 Kawasaki ZX-9R C1 the most underrated sports tourer ever? ...and much much more.
    Thanks again to Bennetts and BikeSocial, thanks to you for listening to us, supporting us and sending in your thoughts, queries, ponderings and questions to:
    anything@frontendchatter.com
    ...and we hope you manage to have a great Christmas. See you in the New Year!
     
     
     

    • 2 hrs 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

elcycrotom ,

So glad I found this

Hard to find good, light hearted and entertaining motorcycling podcasts. Actually this is the only one I’ve found. Highly recommended.

Db7GTgrigio ,

Probably the best Motorcycle Podcast you will find...

These guys know their stuff. Racing. Road riding, old bikes, new bikes, technology, tactics, politics it’s all there.....along with Motorcycles and Misfits and Cleveland moto it’s in the top 3 and in my opinion it’s number one. Shame it’s not weekly though.

OZMC Leathers ,

Bravo!

Informative and fun, a great podcast that makes our morning commute more enjoyable. Highly recommended! 😊

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