Front End Chatter - episode 64

Simon Hargreaves
By Simon Hargreaves
SimonHbikes Simon rides motorbikes, and then writes about them. He also co-presents the Front End Chatter podcast and plays bass guitar rather well.
Front End Chatter podcast

Hello and welcome to a special, John McGuinness Front End Chatter Episode 64, supported by our good friends at, supported by Bennetts, the bike insurer par excellence, bar none.

And what a treat this week – apart from the usual nattering about subjects as random as:

  • tech details from the launch of Ducati’s 210bhp V4 Stradale engine, which is coming to a chassis that may or may not but probably will look remarkably similar to a 1299 Panigale this November
  • Rossi’s broken leg bones, Cal’s severed tendon, the ramifications for the MotoGP title, and who Valentino gets to sign the plaster cast...
  • why Silverstone’s MotoGP was so poorly attended (conspiracy theory alert)
  • how lovely BMW’s R nineT Racer is, and why don’t other manufacturers make bikes that, simply, look beautiful?
  • will the news Welsh police are actively encouraging dash-cam users to upload footage as evidence for traffic offences make you ride any differently?
  • how to learn how to pronounce Ikea, Abba and Öhlins on a Magic Motor Experience tour on a Yamaha XT660R, in Sweden... 

... the jewel in FEC64’s crown is the audio version of BikeSocial’s interview with TT legend John McGuinness, in which he talks about:

  • the physical side effects of ‘that’ crash (caution: not for the squeamish!)
  • how it’s affected his head
  • what caused it and what he really thinks about the 2017 Fireblade
  • what happens to his career now
  • how important the race fans are to his recovery

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Thanks for listening!



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