Front End Chatter - episode 57

Front End Chatter podcast

Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter episode 57, which is really episode 69, powered by the mighty online juggernaut of two-wheeled infotainment that is BikeSocial (that's

This time round Martin and Simon chatter in their front-endy style about: 

  • Nicky Hayden: the man, the talent, the achievements, the infectious passion, the generosity, the tears at Estoril, the tears at Valencia, the incredible strength of character, the smile. 
  • MotoGP from Le Mans, where General Zarco was propelled by patriotism, Lorenzo was stumped by strine, a small fall by Rossi led to a big fall in his championship standing, and Simon got in a huff and turned his telly off before the end of the race and went to spend some time in his log cabin that Danny Kent still hasn't turned up to finish yet. 
  • The red-bike, red-flag, red-fireball fest that was World Superbikes from Imola. 
  • John McGuinness's crash at the North West 200, what might have caused it, and whether it might have anything to do with the slightly peculiar throttle response on the 2017 road-going Fireblade. 
  • By popular demand (no, really), an excessively comprehensive review of the most promising (if hardly imaginatively named) electric road bikes yet. 
  • Your emails, including plenty of air expended about the pros and cons of airbag suits, do MotoGP fans like football, does FEC hate WSB… and finally… and finally?… and finally... a forgotten and (questionably) attractive non-sportsbike from Yamaha. 

As ever thank you very much for listening, and thank you even more for downloading it from the top folk at Bike Social (that’s still Please email us on or get us on that there Twitter using @SimonHbikes and @Mufga or on Facebook – Front End Chatter

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Chatter again soon!

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