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    Motorbike Mania

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    Realising there are a few of us that are into motorbikes I am starting a new thread. The motogp season is coming up and looks interesting. Will Rossi get back to his former glory or is he the past? Will Cal Crutchleow make GB team proud I hope he does. There are some interesting battles ahead this year. Lots of action. And there is WSB and BSB on TV.

    My background on motorbikes is:

    Rode an MZ 250 from age 16 toured the lake district on it. Then got a Honda CX500 that I commuted on in London rush hours. Followed the racing at Snetterton, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Isle of Man. Hiatus then got a triumph bonneville, 24000 miles done, CBT instructor in past. Hope this thread takes off here Roy, Pete, terry ?.?.. Others?.

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    Hi Carol,
    Interesting thought. Your profile photo doesn't fit with the image you have just painted .
    I will watch this space.

    John

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    Hi Carol,
    The other events to look forward to being TT but my new racing fix is the North west 200. This is true road race frenzy
    with some fantastic racers.As for Motor GP will be watching both Cal and Bradley, Bradley living a few miles from me.
    This season promises to be an interesting one my money is still on Lorenzo has matured in the last two seasons used
    to get the red mist unfortunately Cal still seems to have these moments and frustrated me last year.as for Rossi think
    He has his hunger back so you would be silly to rule out the doctor.Im looking outside sunshine blue skies perfect for
    for a long ride,still I am considering painting the Zimmer Kawasaki green and let the good days roll.

    Roy

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    I was born and brought up within half a mile of the TT course. Agostini was my hero. We still have a place in the Isle of Man so get back to see it most years. My dad was a Marshall and a biker in his youth. My sister still rides. I prefer a car though!

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    Hi Treelover,

    Well Ago is a true legend as well as world moto GP champion he also mastered road racing, only a few are brave enough or nuts enough to
    do both.He still rides and races albeit displays don't think his feats will ever be matched.

    Roy.

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    Hang on Roy, if we're talking about legends let's not forget the home-grown variety. Mike-the-Bike Hailwood gave Ago plenty of competition (or was it the other way round?) and retired with 76 Grand Prix victories, 112 Grand Prix podiums, 14 Isle of Man TT wins and 9 World Championships (4 at 500cc).

    He won what many historians consider to be the most dramatic Isle of Man race of all time, the 1967 Senior TT against his great rival, Giacomo Agostini. He set a lap record of 108.77 mph, that stood for the next 8 years (thanks Wikipedia!).

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    All,

    Not sure when the next race is on the TV??? I can get Eurosport and Eurosport 2, but don't have a Sky Sports package. By the way I have seen Mike Hailwood ride the TT course I think it was a return from retirement some time around 1980?

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    Hi Laila,

    That could have been 1978. After an 11 year break from bike racing, he made a brief comeback at the Isle of Man TT, which he won riding a Ducati 900SS. He also raced the following year and rode a Suzuki RG 500 to win the Senior TT, before retiring permanently.

    Gotta stop this before the lads start calling me the Geek-inator!!

    Mike.
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    HI Mike, that will be the year, 1978, he was riding a Ducati, white and green racing colours if my memory serves.

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    Ah memories! My first serious boyfriend was into motorbike scrambling (now called motocross). At weekends we used to load his bike into his ex Post Office van and head off to a race. When we got back, we had to hose the mud off the van ready for it to be used for delivering meat for his Dad who was a butcher! Can you imagine that happening now? Also went to the TT in 1968 and saw the great Agostini. Still watch MotoGP on TV. Now you know why me and my rollator parted company in the snow - yes Rory I was probably speeding.

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