Britain's best biking podcast, with Simon Hargreaves and Martin Fitz-Gibbons
Front End Chatter #127
Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter Episode 127, the slightly behind the curve episode, with Martin Fitz-Gibbons and Simon Hargreaves waffling along as usual – supported and enhanced by Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists, and www.bikesocial.co.uk, the home of all things two-wheeled and powered by an engine, internally combustible or electric or, indeed, propelled by little more than an inappropriate fragrant emission.
And on the show this week we have:
a new MotoGP World Champeen, and a slightly subdued Portimao ending to the craziest, least predictable and – let’s be honest – luckiest MotoGP season in modern history
• the best Joan Mir stat you will ever hear new bikes for 2021, including: – BMW’s S1000R, the bike with the wrong half of the fairing removed
– Ducati’s Multistrada V4 which Simon hadn’t ridden, much, when the podcast came out, but which it subsequently turns out he had. It’s very confusing
– Ducati’s underrated SuperSport, now called a 950
– ...and the Panigale V4 SP, whatever that is
– Triumph 850 Sport, and how it replaces the world’s shortest-lived model, the Triumph Tiger 900
– Yamaha MT-09 Tracer and GT
– Yamaha’s track-only R6, and the death of the supersports 600
PLUS! A brief dip into the FECsack and topics such as do track days matter when you’re over 50, is a Z900 RS Café better than a Z H2, tyre scrubbers, how come more people don’t commute on bikes, and much – a bit – more... Many thanks to Bennetts and Bike Social for their continued patronage, and many thanks to you, dear listener, for lending us your ears... and please keep sending your thoughts, musings and life stories to us here:
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Front End Chatter #126
Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter, Britain's most paracorded motorcycling podcast Fronted by Simon Hargreaves, Ended by Martin Fitz-Gibbons and Chattered by www.bikesocial.co.uk and Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists.
And in E126 we have:
• Yamaha's overhauled, uprated and enlarged (but not in the way you might have read) MT-09
• Martin's unnatural desire to buy a Piaggio MP3, as winter-hack path to an almost equally irrational Aprilia RS660
• the usual ramblings on MotoGP including where in the world is Marc Marquez, has he been moonlighting as his own brother, and what does this all mean for the 2020 title?
• plus emails on topics as wide-ranging as more small acts of human kindness, the IOW Diamond Races (or not), ugly features on otherwise not ugly bikes, the difference between buying the first bike you look at and the bike you look at first, why under- (or over-) inflating a tyre for an extended stint on a motorway might not be a good idea, and the real reason you want to adjust your suspension.
Thanks for letting us into your ears, hope the new lockdown and winter aren't too savage for you, and please email us your further thoughts, comments and/or questions to:
Front End Chatter #125
Hello and welcome for Front End Chatter, Britain’s best biking podcast, and Episode 125 of the aforementioned, presented by him, Martin Fitz-Gibbons, and him, Simon Hargreaves. And we are, as ever, enabled and legitimised by Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists, and www.bikesocial.co.uk, the wonderful world of woking on the web.
And in this fun-sized Mars Bar of an episode we chatter about:
how IAM observers are like twitchers what’s the best 125 ever, why isn’t it the Varadero, and are modern 125s better than classic 125s? how to topple off an Africa Twin and an F800GS in style how far can you go on a Zero SRF, and still get back in a day? wet MotoGP from Le Mans including an uncannily prescient Martin suggesting Covid could play a part in sideling riders THE DAY BEFORE a viral Rossi misses a couple of rounds loads of chat about Ducati’s new V4 Granturismo motor powering the new Multistrada – how it’s bigger, but smaller, lasts longer, makes more power but less torque, and where has the whole Desmo business gone? And why? a natter about details of Aprilia’s RS660, as Martin from the past pays a visit to remind us his half of FEC worked all that stuff out a year ago. Apart from the price. all before we dive into the FEC sack with its usual barrage of good points, corrections and fab stories. Please email us all your thoughts and questions to:
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Front End Chatter #124
Hurrah for wet roads, diminishing daylight and dropping temperatures. We’re so excited about the onset of winter. Excited, excited, excited. Apparently, a study of the moods of the Nordic peoples shows a successful strategy for coping with long periods of little sunshine – and Seasonal Affective Disorder – may be to simply develop a positive attitude toward it. Literally, repeating “I am excited about ” has been shown to reduce anxiety.
So we’re excited, excited and excited to invite you into Fronty End Prongs, episode 124, brought to you by Bennetts, the people who offer amazing discount deals and offers with bike insurance thrown in, and the world of motorcycling at www.bikesocial.co.uk. Please remember to wipe your feet on the way in and your bum on the way out.
And this week Simon and Mufga natter about:
autumn – why? why Dumfries and Galloway is a good place to ride a bike why we don’t review bikes any more BMW’s new M1000RR and why it’s failing to light Mufga’s fire future Mufga pays us a visit down the time tunnel Triumph’s Trident – what it is and how much it should cost high speed MotoGP review where, or not, to get up-to-date info on MotoGP engine use advice for your second track day is the current lack of spectators at race events sustainable, and if the racing has to change, how will it change? is buying a bike while under the influence a good idea? ...and much, much more.
Thanks for listening, and let’s do this again in a fortnight.
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Front End Chatter #123
Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter, Britain’s nicest motorcycling podcast, with Simon H & Mufga, punctuated and perforated by Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists and BikeSocial.co.uk, home of news, views, road tests and Jammie Dodgers.
And on this month’s – hang on, it’s been a month? – we chatter about:
the closest, craziest MotoGP season since records began with exploding brakes, exploding forearms, exploding engines, first-time winning teams, bikes and riders, unlikely crashes and testing pit-to-bike radios why World Superbike is worth watching this year the merits or otherwise of Ewan and Charley’s Long Way Up, on Harley Livewires does Regina’s new M-Endurance chain signal the end of lubing and adjusting? is the FIM’s criteria for five push-ups really sufficient to determine a human’s fitness to ride a MotoGP bike? do bike journos adjust test bike suspension to suit their preference? do men really ask their partners for ‘permission’ to buy a new bike? the wisdom of repairing a puncture with a proper kit v a self-tapping screw how to start racing and which is the best bike or series to choose? which is the best hypersportsbike for a bit of pillion action? has the rise of social media bike content and the decline of print media brought younger riders into motorcycling? Plus much more (well, a bit).
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Front End Chatter #122
Hello und velcome, friends, to Front End Chatter Episode 122 in which Simone and Marion chatter endlessly, augmented into three dimensions under the auspices of Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists and BikeSocial.co.uk, the finest accumulation of news, sport, views, product tests and road tests ever to grace the ether.
And this week – well, what do you reckon? Let’s talk about the myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix Von Österreich. Topics include:
who’s to blame for that crash? is the circuit safe? why did Ducati apparently provoke Dovi into sacking himself? if riders could be somehow 100% protected from all harm and injury in crashes, would we still find racing such a compelling spectacle? is ‘safer’ inherently a) less exciting than dangerous, and b) is it inversely proportional to speed? Plus
is Honda BSB rider Andy Irwin a liability ? what’s not the correct method for transporting a guitar on a bike? more ‘heaviest things you’ve carried on a bike’, and why it might include 14 bottles of Jerez brandy, 24 bottles of Kronenburg and 45 multipacks of Orbit chewing gum don’t buy the first bike you see, unless it’s not the first bike you’ve seen more rear brake cornering advice is it worth chopping in a 2005 R1200 GS for the new R1250 GS? is a Sur Ron Light Bee (a sort of electric mountain bike) the future of biking? which bike has the best-sounding standard exhaust note? which is better: Triumph’s old Tiger 800, new Tiger 900, old Tiger 1200 or even older Tiger 1050? And what will Triumph’s almost certain new Tiger 1200 have a grumbly T-plane crank, and will it come with a 30-litre tank Adventure option? And muchly much more gossip and slander. Don’t sue us. We’re skint anyway.
Thanks again to Bennetts and BikeSocial – but especially to you, for listening and putting up with us – and please keep your emails of thoughts, observations, jokes and questions coming to:
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