Front End Chatter - episode 73

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.
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Hello and welcome to a slightly sweary, distinctly snowy Front End Chatter Episode 73, supported as ever by nos amis at BikeSocial ( and Bennetts the bike insurers – and which ignores the current level of white precipitation (sounds iffy) while resolutely chattering on about: 

  • last weekend’s racing season opener, with World Superbike at Phillip Island – was it or wasn’t it dull, and what’s the difference between an exciting race and dull racing?
  • recent MotoGP tests, and what’s the likely outcome of Tech 3 and Yamaha announcing their conscious uncoupling? 

...and then FEC73 dives headlong into proper motorcycling and confronts pressing issues such as:

  • the launch of Triumph’s new Speed Triple S and RS, and when is a hooligan not a hooligan?
  • how does Triumph’s Daytona 675R rate against MV Agusta’s 675 and 800 F3s?
  • is it only us thinking this, or have Triumph got some massive holes in their model line-up, and does that presage a completely new, large-capacity engine powering a range of new models in the near future?
  • would we buy a Panigale 959 Corse if a) we wanted it and b) could afford it?
  • are some new bikes ‘better’ than other new bikes, and does it matter, or is modern motorcycling more about deciding what the bike feels like?
  • what’s the wisdom of filming ourselves for vlogs – does it make motorcycling look bad?
  • should we feel guilty about not using a bike all the time?
  • how much does rider weight and fitness level affect our ability to ride a bike?

Plus, there’s loads more of waffle about grid boys, why manufacturers build the bikes they build, and a satisfied FEC customer!

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