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Thank you. I didn't know we could listen. Will be listening now of course. IMHO the Isle Of Mann TT is one of the most important races in the world.
 

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Sweet to know.
That is one race I follow as best I can each year just like Pikes Peak.
 

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DougInKY said:
IMHO the Isle Of Mann TT is one of the most important races in the world.
The IOM TT is the most exciting, mind-blowing motorcycle race in the world! I have been there twice and the whole atmosphere during TT week is something else. Park yourself almost anywhere on the course for the thrill of a lifetime. Go round it on Mad Sunday then go round again and marvel at the riders who average 130+ mph between stone walls and house corners, experience the drop from Kate's Cottage down to the swinging right turn at Crag na Ba, - man, I could go on and on. There is absolutely NOTHING anywhere to compare. Every biker MUST see it at least once in their lifetime!
 

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OH YEAH!!!!!!!!! And do't forget the number of deaths EACH year!!!!!!

"Can you imagine if a race promoter went to some small town mayor and pitched this race today? Here's how I imagine the conversation would go:p

Race promoter: "So I'm here about the road course I want to set up your city!"

Mayor: "Sounds like fun! Tell me the details."

Race promoter: "What we want to do is have a ton of motorcyclists and crazy jokers on sidecars racing through public streets. Just so you know, they may crash into stuff."

Mayor: "That sounds kind of dangerous."

Race promoter: "It's extremely dangerous, actually. We're expecting anywhere from two to maybe a dozen deaths a year. It happens when you're trying to hit 190 miles an hour on a bike."

Mayor: "They're going how fast? I may have to ask the city attorney and the police chief about this…"

Race promoter: "Also, cornering is so tight that the motorcyclists will probably crash into each other, or the spectators. Good chance they'll fly off a cliff, too."

Mayor: "Do what now?"

Race promoter: "And we want to open the course up to the fans on one of the days so anyone can try it."

Mayor: "You're telling me that any ******* on a Gixxer who thinks he's Nicky Hayden can get in on this?"

Race promoter: "Yeah, doesn't it sound great?"

Mayor: "Please leave right now and do not come back."......................................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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OH YEAH!!!!!!!!! And do't forget the number of deaths EACH year!!!!!!"Can you imagine if a race promoter went to some small town mayor and pitched this race today? Here's how I imagine the conversation would go:p
Race promoter: "So I'm here about the road course I want to set up your city!"
Mayor: "Sounds like fun! Tell me the details."
Race promoter: "What we want to do is have a ton of motorcyclists and crazy jokers on sidecars racing through public streets. Just so you know, they may crash into stuff."
Mayor: "That sounds kind of dangerous."
Race promoter: "It's extremely dangerous, actually. We're expecting anywhere from two to maybe a dozen deaths a year. It happens when you're trying to hit 190 miles an hour on a bike."
Mayor: "They're going how fast? I may have to ask the city attorney and the police chief about this…"
Race promoter: "Also, cornering is so tight that the motorcyclists will probably crash into each other, or the spectators. Good chance they'll fly off a cliff, too."
Mayor: "Do what now?"
Race promoter: "And we want to open the course up to the fans on one of the days so anyone can try it."
Mayor: "You're telling me that any *Banned Word* on a Gixxer who thinks he's Nicky Hayden can get in on this?"
Race promoter: "Yeah, doesn't it sound great?"
Mayor: "Please leave right now and do not come back."......................................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know it's is all fiction, but I can see that the spirit of adventure that is inherent in being a motorcyclist has left your corner of Plainsville. Nobody rides the TT to be killed and any type of motor race can have bad consequences. (I have been more scared driving a hired car through Boston, Mass than I was on Mad Sunday in the IOM). Ah well, Horses for Courses as they say. I respectfully suggest that you come over for TT week some year - I am sure you'll change your mind. :thumbup:
 

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I think the TT is a wonderful anachronism in this bi-polar modern world we find ourselves in.

In our over regulated, nanny state, risk averse existence, there can be no doubt that an application to run the TT for the first time on the current course would be turned down flat.

No motorcyclist is under any illusion that the TT course is über dangerous.No entrant for this race is either unaware of the dangers, risk and death toll. All entrants are free men and volunteers.

So what's the problem?

There are mountains to climb, white waters to raft and beautiful women to date. They all have intrinsic risk - but life is for living and to fill with experiences.
 

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I watched the side cars yesterday and the big bikes today.
I think this years TV. coverage is the best ever :thumbup:

Love the TT , all its history and the fact that the Island maintains it as an institution :thumbup:
 

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Those sidecar engines certainly get some stick, and someone got a electric bike
round at 107 mph in practice.
 

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Just in case anyone is looking for a schedule of the race highlights Discovery's Velocity Channel has a one hour recap of the day's events.

http://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2013-is ... of-events/

These racers have balls of steel IMO. Over 200 riders have ridden to their death. As bikes get faster I'm sure there will be more. At some point I'm guessing the plug will be pulled. A shame but it is what our world is coming to - protecting the citizenry even if its against their own will. I hope nobody gets killed.
 

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I really wish there was no one killed or injured , and as a former racer who has lost friends to racing incidents. I will say this;

The reality is that, it is dangerous, racers do not think much about the consequences ( we are aware) but accept the risk, manage them as best we can, but the challenge and thrill of racing is just part of who we are.

Those that do not race , will never get it so we do not try and explain it .
 
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