Isle of Man, you’re too good to us
I’ve ridden motorbikes all my life (well, since I was about four). And in that time, I’ve often felt like a bit of a second class citizen. A lot of people think we motorcyclists make too much noise, get in the way and generally cause trouble. And it’s clear... Read more
Warwick Uni and Norton Motorcycles go green
Despite the indefinite postponement of the TT Zero, students at the University of Warwick are ploughing on with their plans to build ‘Frontier’, an electric race bike, with help from Norton Motorcycles. The machine they’re working on is said to produce 160kW, equivalent to about 201bhp, and a tarmac-tearing... Read more
What it takes to race at the IOM TT.
The IOM TT; it’s the biggest and best road race in the world, so why doesn’t everyone sign up for it? Well after racing there since 2016, I think I’ve figured it out. Not everyone’s got what it takes. Here’s a few of the things you are going to... Read more
Isle of Man TT – A lightweight shakeup
As I write this, I should be on my way to the Isle of Man for the 2021 TT Races. But I’m not. Because the 2021 TT races aren’t happening. Cheers COVID. It’s the second year on the trot the highlight of my year has been canned, and I’m... Read more
Has the Isle of Man TT died of COVID-19?
2021 will be the second year in a row motorcycles have failed to race round the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course. And we all miss it. For many people, myself included, the Isle of Man TT was the highlight of the year. Now, I can barely remember what... Read more
Video: Dream Garage | TT Special
The ‘Dream Garage’ feature was an idea to showcase willing individuals’ man caves for you beauties to peruse, although it’s safe to say we peaked too soon with Patrick’s collection of factory Grand Prix bikes – and consequent eargasms. The criteria isn’t too strict for a Dream Garage feature,... Read more
Ridden: Ian Hutchinson’s Tyco BMW
I’m sat on the startline at Goodwood Festival of Speed, waiting for my run up the hill. James Hillier has just peppered me in Metzeler rubber after smoking his rear tyre. Initially, I thought he was warming the tyre. It soon transpired he was purposely trying to cover me... Read more
WATCH: BMW HP4 Race full onboard TT lap
If you were lucky enough to be at this year’s Isle of Man TT, you would have clocked Captain Podium, aka Peter Hickman, bust some laps onboard the £70k BMW HP4 Race. Well, BMW has just released a full onboard lap for your viewing pleasure. While TT onboards undoubtedly... Read more
Watch: James Hillier’s Massive Moment
We all know James Hillier brags unfeasibly large testicles. Those gonads were seriously bashed around during part one of last week’s Pokerstars Senior TT after a moment of all moments on the exit of Ballagarey – one of the scariest corners on the Mountain Course. The Ringwood Ringpiece had... Read more
Isle of Man TT: A Newcomer’s Perspective
How does one rationally portray the absurdity of racing at the Isle of Man TT? Even the greatest wordsmiths would have difficulty in articulating first-hand experiences, so I’m really going to struggle here. It’s virtually impossible to explain my fortnight of fresh, previously unprovoked emotions and on-track sensations without... Read more
Video: James Hillier’s 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike
As you probably would have gathered by now, we spent some time with James Hillier – the third fastest man ever to lap the Isle of Man TT course – down at his team base of Bournemouth Kawasaki in, erm, Bournemouth. There was our TT-based chat and Maccas drive-thru... Read more
44T Isle of Man TT updates
Shit. There are only 80-something days until the 2016 Isle of Man TT. I’ve never been so hyped about an event yet so brimmed with understandable trepidation. Anyway, it’s all good: my homework should meet the required grades (studying onboards mixed with a few trips to the island), further... Read more