Britain's best biking podcast, with Simon Hargreaves and Martin Fitz-Gibbons
Front End Chatter #151
Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter, possibly Britain’s longest-running motorcycling podcast, don’t sue us, we haven’t done the maths, and welcome to episode 151, supported and enhanced as ever by the presence and patronage of Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists, and bikesocial.co.uk – the place get all your news and views and reviews of new bikes, used bikes, kit tests and everything happening in motorcycling.
And on Front End Chatter E151 we have a FECsack special, partly because there’s no news to speak of (apart from Petrucci being a star), and partly special because Simon read the wrong emails. We hope you enjoy!
Thanks again to Bennetts and bikesocial.co.uk, and please keep your thoughts, questions and ideas coming to:
Front End Chatter #150
Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter Episode 150, presented as ever by Martin Fitz-Gibbons and Simon Hargreaves, and supported by Bennetts, the bike insurance specialist, and bikesocial.co.uk, your one-stop on the interwebs for everything bike-related – and don’t forget to check out Bennetts’ YouTube channel with a stack of new bike launch videos, consumer advice and how-tos.
And on this Christmassy episode we have:
Some bad bike jokes FEC at the NEC; our chat on stage with Mr Jamie James Whitham live at Motorcycle Live Triumph's new Tiger 1200 gets more from less BSA's Goldstar gets something from nothing Ducati's Desert X gets it white first time John McGuiness returns to Honda for the NW and TT
Plus why Sargent seats are good how having kids changes motorcycling synthetic fuel alternatives to electric as the future ...and loads of chit-chat in between Thanks to all of you for downloading and giving FEC a listen, please continue to spread the word, and please keep your thoughts, queries, questions and musings coming in to
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Front End Chatter #149
Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter, and is it that time already? This, in all its error-strewn glory, is episode 149 of the biking podcast presented by Martin Fitz-Gibbons and Simon Hargreaves in which they attempt to steer a smooth path between pot-holes on the A87 of modern motorcycling, and avoid denting their rims.
Front End Chatter is, as ever, proud to be supported by Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists, and Bikesocial.co.uk, the best website in the world for getting all your motorcycling news, reviews, product tests, racing info and first rides of the latest bikes.
And on FEC this week Simon fails to understand much about anything, leaving Martin to soldier on nattering about:
• EICMA No-Show – the big Italian bike show normally flush with new bikes... but minus some big names this year...
• new Bimotas, Hondas – including the resurrection of the Hornet, by name at least – Kawasakis, Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta
• Toprak Razgatlioglu finishes the WSB season in dominant style by losing the final two races but winning the title
Plus samples from the FEC-sack, including:
• what would a bi-directional track day be like as a way of teaching on-road rider training?
• what bike would we love to ride but never want to own?
• what bike would we love own despite there being more exciting rivals?
• what bikes were ahead of their time, failed, but would be a success now?
• what are our best, or closest, near misses?
• plus lots, lots more
Thanks for listening, please keep your mails coming to firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and see us at Motorcycle Live at the NEC on Thursday 9th at 11am, catch us on the socials:
And thank you for your ears.
Front End Chatter #148
Hello and welcome to episode 148 of the long-running motorcycling podcast otherwise known as Front End Chatter, presented before your brain by Simon Hargreaves and Martin Fitz-Gibbons and supported like a bridge over troubled water by Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists, and bikesocial.co.uk, the place to get all your bike news, reviews, product tests and racing.
And on this week’s episode Simon and Martin blather about:
goodbye and farewell to you-know-who, managing to make the very last lap of his career one of his most impressive
• what’s his legacy, what was his finest moment, and what was his worst? more MotoGP farewells from Petrucci and Mr Steve Day Marc Marquez’ eye injury – what does it mean long term for Marquez, Honda and Repsol? Jack Miller racing a Panigale V4 R in the Australian Superbike Championship the passing of Paul Smart, Ducati legend and all-round great bloke Plus a bunch of new bike reviews:
Ducati’s Multistrada V4 Pike Peak Honda’s NT1100 tourer Ducati’s ‘new’ Multistrada V2 S Aprilia’s Tuareg 660 And finally, news of the FEC800 Tour 2022 – and go see FEC at the NEC on Thursday 9th December on stage with James Whitham, where Simon and Martin will be talking bobbins about the best bikes of 2021 and what we’re looking forward to 2022…
Front End Chatter #147
Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter, and episode 147 of the world’s most motorcycling podcast performed by Martin Fitz-Gibbons and Simon Hargreaves, supported by Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists, and www.bikesocial.co.uk, the number one place on the web to carbon capture all the info fit to eat on anything to do with news, new bikes reviews, gear guides and kit tests, used bike info and all manner of racing stuff.
So on this episode of Front End Chatter we have a trundle on about:
a new MotoGP champion, a retiring MotoGP champion and a MotoGP champion returning to form why are there no mean, moody bastards in racing any more, and do we miss them? WSB's knobbled Kawasakis and does it undermine the legitimacy of Yamaha's success? Ducati's shock entry into the MotoE world cup new bike news including Honda's NT1100, Suzuki's GSX-S1000 GT, Ducati's Multistrada V2 and Triumph's Tiger 600 Sport good lids for oblong heads what are the best and worst adventure bikes to take on a track? All this and more in E147 of Front End Chatter. Thanks for listening, and please keep your emails, thoughts, queries and questions coming to:
And also – if you fancy being part of a crowdfunded road test, check out Twitter:
And don't forget, only a couple of rooms left on the FEC800 Tour! Email for info!
Front End Chatter #146
Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter E146, the UK’s most iambically pentametered motorcycling podcast, poetically performed and produced by Martin Fitz-Gibbons and Simon Hargreaves, and perennially supported by Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists, and www.bikesocial.co.uk, the happeningiest place to go for offers, deals and square meals – if you can buy it for your bike or your riding life, you can get discounts and cool points with Bennetts BikeSocial. Fact.
And on this episode of FEC we have:
Bagnaia and Bastianini go big in Misano, plus a bit of wow from Aragon the week before A look at the career of Chaz Davies, who’s called WSB a day, so... see you at Darley Moor Suzuki’s new GSX-S1000 GT – is it good value or not, and should we be excited or not? Ducati’s Desert-X – a Multistrada in an off-road frock? Or an entirely new ‘middleweight’ adventure bike (we don’t invent these categories... oh, hang on, we do) Triumph’s new Tiger 1200, with a T-plane crank, and how it’ll fare against BMW’s R1250 GS – featuring the return of the Mufgulator and some educated guesses on the Tiger's actual capacity, bore x stroke, and a prediction on its power output Plus more of your thoughts, musings and questions from the FEC-sack
Thanks for listening, and keep an eye out for details of the FEC800, a tour around Scotland's Greatest Hits in May 2022 and to which you are all cordially invited to ride with Simon and Martin, and drink beer in the evening. Full details on the socials:
Love the show not so much the sponsor
Two journalists who used to write on the magazines we all used to buy have updated the way they reach their audience, & it’s fun 😀sometimes irreverent but always interesting. So I will definitely keep listening
The sponsor seems a good idea and I ve certainly tried getting a quote because they sponsor the show. However a radiator guard, oil cooler guard, fenda extenda and hand guards are seeing them refer the quote to their underwriters ? 48 hour response time!
Bike banter by the best of blokes
Simon and Martin, two of the best writers of all things bike-related cover racing at several levels from MotoGP to TT and all in-between; new (and old) bike reviews, news and views and give significant time to reader emails. It’s like listening to a couple of your mates chatting but (this is a stretch) with actual knowledge, insight and wit. Simply the best one out there and not just for UK listeners. Top marks
Best podcast on iTunes
Simon and Martin are funny, insightful and engaging; a great listen for all motorcyclists and of all genres. An easy recommendation and easily the best biking audio-majig on the ‘Tunes.