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Isle of Man TT 2015 - WTF ! General

Watching the camera action from a bike going round the circuit makes me physically sick.
How the fuck can these people go that fast, that consistantly?
They must be a split second from death at all times. Its utter madness.. briliant watching though!! :D :D
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    Tuesday, June 09 2015, 05:38 PM - #Permalink
    Yep, concentration verges on the super human (and fitness too)

    I saw an interview with one of the less well known riders who said that at first it was really scary and couldn't imagine going faster but you get used to the speed after a few years riding.

    I think the critical thing is knowing the course. They remember the corners and best lines.

    Mesmerizing to watch.

    I think THIS and THIS are my favourite videos
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    Wednesday, June 10 2015, 09:13 PM - #Permalink
    Yeah Ed. It must take a long time of knowing that track and getting used to those speeds to be relaxed enough to actually do it. They must leave nerves and tension behind.
    Still, at that speed, they remember one bend wrong and it could be curtains.
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    Wednesday, June 10 2015, 09:24 PM - #Permalink
    Are they essentialy on normal bkes that me and you could buy?
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    Thursday, June 11 2015, 09:54 AM - #Permalink
    I believe they are on road bikes but have loads of weeks to increase performance to maximum.

    Ade I don't think they're ever 'relaxed' but you know when you ride fast, you don't think of the danger and just concentrate on the road etc.
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    Thursday, June 11 2015, 03:29 PM - #Permalink
    One event is called super stock and they are road bikes with add ons. The other races are on race bikes though some of the non-sponsored riders use stock bikes. ITV4 coverage has been really good.
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    Thursday, June 11 2015, 05:50 PM - #Permalink
    Great clips Ed. Good to see Hutchinson doing well, he's won 3 so far this week and after the big one on Friday. They must be ready for the finish after 6 laps.
    There was a film on called Closer to the Edge which was following Guy Martin and a few others at the TT a few years back, ITV4 showed it but it's also on youtube. At the end it shows clips of Martin crashing out and setting fire to the hedge and red flagging the race, ending up in hospital quite mangled, also Hutch getting his leg run over (not at the TT). He now has the gear change on the right cos his left leg is so weak. My Dad is from the generation of right sided gear levers.
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    Thursday, June 11 2015, 06:15 PM - #Permalink
    yahm, good cliips. these guys are emmense.

    ah, I was watching the superstock and the commentator mentioned somebody mentioniong a right hand gear change.
    Myuabe thats Hutchison. I was thinking thats how these guys ride!
    So when he right hand gear change, he meant its the usual gear mechanism bit on the right hand side of the bike - nothong tio do with hands. :)
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    Friday, June 12 2015, 07:49 AM - #Permalink
    That gear change with huis right foot does look a bot strange on the TV. He has had an amazing 5 years so deservices this success in this years TT.
    Seems like a nice chap as without an ego.

    Wha about that Michael Dunlop - how brave is he.?
    He clearly looks like somebody in physical pain.
    The TT is harrowing and dangerous enough but imagine doing all that with a busted up body. These blokes are NOT human:)
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    Friday, June 12 2015, 07:51 AM - #Permalink
    Hey Fullrevs, thought I'd answered from my phone but looks like I didn't. Yes he has the foot change lever moved to the old Brit bike way. He came off and someone behind ran over his leg and he described it as his leg was hanging off. 4 or 5 years of ops, looked like he was going to lose it
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    Friday, June 12 2015, 12:30 PM - #Permalink
    He is a right hero. No fear.
    Did I hear right that the back brake is actually operated by his right thumb? :o
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    Friday, June 12 2015, 02:55 PM - #Permalink
    I dunno about that. I did notice that the guys seem to feather the front brake lever with one finger. I said to the missus, "look at that", then next time out I realised I do the same (going somewhat slower mind)
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    Friday, June 12 2015, 07:14 PM - #Permalink
    Schnuffi wrote: I said to the missus, "look at that",


    HOLD ON, you mean she is actually interested?
    Is she a biker too then?

    My missus falls asleep if I even mention a motorbike. Just rolls her eyes:)
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    Friday, June 12 2015, 07:33 PM - #Permalink
    Lol no not interested at all. Doesnt stop me pointing this stuff out to her though.
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    Friday, June 12 2015, 08:40 PM - #Permalink
    Schnuffi wrote:

    Lol no not interested at all. Doesnt stop me pointing this stuff out to her though.


    ha.
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    Sunday, June 14 2015, 06:44 AM - #Permalink
    McGuiness - what a bloody legend.
    nearing 50 , no teeth, but can he ride! wow:o
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    Tuesday, June 16 2015, 06:19 PM - #Permalink
    I have been watching the road series stuff on the telly anyway but the TT takes the title as the maddest sports riding ever.
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