Front End Chatter - episode 94

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 94, and the clue’s in the name: for the 94th time, two hoary old motorcycle journalists stand around and make front noises into a pair of microphones for your auralisation – fertilised and fermented by (the world of motorcycling on a website) and Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists. Good old Bennetts. 

And this week we have, for your listening infuriation: 

  • gossip and stats from Le Mans MotoGP, including Marquez showing Lorenzo how to stay upright, and Quartararo showing Marquez how to be faster by not crashing
  • who’ll top the TT timesheets this year? 
  • Mud, sweat and beers with two days and 350 miles in Wales, following a rally-style route map on road and off on a Scrambler 1200XE
  • News and first impressions from the launch of long-awaited, entry-level Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 and hilarious, expensive XSR700 XTribute
  • How young is too young to ride a bike? And what’s the best route into riding for youngsters?
  • Why aren’t there more Ducatis racing at the TT? 
  • What’s the best big naked bike for touring?
  • How to avoid the buffering wheel of death on the online MotoGP feed
  • Is it an unwritten rule of bikes that you need to go fast, and does that put people off?
  • And much, much more

 Many thanks for listening to FEC and please come to Cadwell Park on 13th August where, alongside a Bennetts track day, we’ll be recording FEC E100 – LIVE! Wow. Are we? 

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Thanks again for listening!

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