Britain's best biking podcast, with Simon Hargreaves and Martin Fitz-Gibbons
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:
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@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)
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.
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:
...and we hope you manage to have a great Christmas. See you in the New Year!
Front End Chatter #128
Ladies and gentlemens, pray welcome to Front End Chatter E128. Inside you’ll discover presentation by the ineffable Mr Simon Hargreaves and the inestimable Mr Martin Fitz-Gibbons, plus their delightfully delictatious Mr Ben Nets, the bike insurance specialist, and wwwbikesocial.co.uk, the world of motorcycling on the webbage.
And in this episode of FEC we have:
Mufga’s riding impressions of the new Aprilia RS660 (closes eyes, makes brum brum noises) and SiH’s riding impressions of the new Ducati Multistrada V4 (closes eyes, makes brum brum noises), in case anyone hadn’t been watching Bennetts YouTube channel, reading the website or picking up just about every UK bike magazine and newspaper in the last few weeks Marc Marquez going for third time lucky for arm operations, while FEC will henceforth be acting as medical advisor for DORNA on the grounds we have a better handle on what constitutes fitness to ride than they do why we shouldn’t dismiss Long Way Up with such offhand flippancy why do we measure bike tank size in litres and fuel consumption in mpg? how to – but really, why – pull a wheelie what should a rider do with their helmet when dismounting and walking about? what’s the best electric bike out there, and why? why oe tyres might not be perfectly not great, but it’s not the tyre manufacturer’s fault, it’s the bike manufacturer we should blame Thanks to Bennetts and BikeSocial for their indulgence and please download FEC from www.bikesocial.co.uk if you can.
Thank YOU massively for indulging our nonsense, and please continue to populate the FEC sack with your thoughts, ideas, questions and nonsense of your own – write to email@example.com
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One more before Xmas! Yay! A Yuletide FEC.
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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Cheers ma dears.
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:
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Cheerful, witty banter about bikes.
Two generally well-informed blokes talk about racing and road bikes in an amusing and entertaining manner, with occasional interjections from a cat. What's not to like?
Simon and Martin deliver an entertaining and informative podcast on all things two wheeled. Racing and road tips are covered with a smile. Compelling listening for me down under .