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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.
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Front End Chatter #121
Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter E121, Britain’s most aromatic motorcycling podcast, presented by the fragrant Simon Hargreaves and the perfumed Martin Fitz-Gibbons – and supported as ever by the mellifluous niff emanating from the guys and gals of Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists, and the aromatic scent wafting from www.bikesocial.co.uk, the world of motorcycling on the interweb.
And on this edition of FEC we natter about:
details of the proposed Isle of Wight Diamond Races – Britain’s first new road race in modern times – and ask how likely it is to happen, who's paying for it, and what do the islanders have to say – plus, a detailed look at the layout and quality of the circuit itself action from MotoGP from Jerez #2, including the wisdom of racing with broken bones action from WSB at, er, Jerez again more electrical issues and who can solve them is there such a thing as a good, cheap, sporty V-twin? does comfort matter on a naked bike? have sportsbikes got too radical and would a Superleggera outsell a GS if it was the same price? what does 'best bike of 2020' actually mean? ...and loads more!
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Front End Chatter #120
Hello and welcome to FEC120, the 120th episode of not the UK’s most popular automotive podcast but one of them. As ever, we are indebted to Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists – and check out www.bikesocial.co.uk for the kind of comprehensive investigative consumer journalism you can’t find anywhere else.
However, if it isn’t comprehensive investigative consumer journalism you want but a pair of gas-bags waffling instead, here’s what’s in store for you in episode 120:
does a necktube count as a face mask? a scatter-gun and largely incoherent round-up of MotoGP from Jerez #1 – including:
- should riders be allowed to race with broken bones, and is the ‘medical’ tough enough?
- will the championship result be any less significant if the favourite is injured?
- should Repsol team manager Alberto Puig be allowed to troll other riders?
Plus! goodbye to the Honda Ron Haslam Race School does just the thought of selling a bike mean eventually selling becomes inevitable? which is the best Multistrada: original 1200S, Skyhook version, Pikes Peak, Enduro or 950? if a bike is SORN, is it worth MOTing it? should you try your first track day without tuition? what’s the future of bike magazines? what happens to press demo bikes? do phone cameras fail when they’re used on bikes as sat navs? is it safe to plug a tyre puncture with a plug kit? ...plus loads more...
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