Front End Chatter - episode 72

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 Front End Chatter Episode 72, Britain's most rambling, shambling biking podcast supported as ever by our gender-neutral comrades at www.bikesocial.co.uk (and definitely *not* .com) in association with Bennetts, the bike insurance people. It's like a great big biking family, packed with road tests, new bikes, used bikes, buying guides and kit git guides; come in, the water's lovely.


On a crammed FEC 72, Martin and Simon waffle about:

  • Sepang MotoGP testing results
  • The cancelled Welsh Road Races: why it's been postponed and how much damage has been done to the reputation of the organisers and a potential 2019 event – plus some sensible mathematics 
  • A surprisingly measured and informed opinion on the great grid girls debate... from a man
  • McGuinness signs to race the Norprilia at the TT
  • News from the launches of the 2018 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports (not in Africa) and Triumph Tiger 800 (in Africa)
  • Embarrassing crashes, heart-breaking crashes and unpredictable crashes (aren't all crashes unpredictable?)  
  • Do we get the new bikes we want, or the bikes manufacturers think we want... and how are new bikes developed, anyway? 
  • What were the best-selling bikes in Europe and who were the biggest manufacturers in 2017? 

Thank you for your ears, and please get in touch at anything@frontendchatter.com or on Twitter @SimonHbikes and @Mufga

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