Front End Chatter - episode 113

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


Hello and welcome to E113 and the second lock-down episode of Front End Chatter, the biking podcast that’s been around for over 160 hours of guffage – none of yer opportunist ‘Johnny-come-lately’ podcasts, jumping on the Corona bandwagon because someone’s bored, here. Oh no, Front End Chatter has been boring people for a lot longer than that. 

Thanks as always to our amazing benefactors and supporters at the world’s most comprehensive motorcycling website,, and Bennetts, the bike insurance experts. 

On this week’s episode we discuss:

 • coping with life not riding motorbikes

• will there be any racing at all in 2020?

• does virtual racing offer any kind of substitute for the real thing?

• actual Andrea Iannone drugs ban news

• the joys of watching 1980s racing on YouTube


Plus the mighty FEC sack gets a battering, with topics such as:

• the pleasures of working your way up the biking ladder, then starting again from scratch...

• ... and is it therefore worth ‘saving’ getting your ultimate bike

• candidity (© Mufga) in the bike press

• is an airbag jacket really worth it, and can they save lives? Or better off spending the money on rider training?

• if bike theft trackers are fitted as standard by dealers, will that mean thieves will just get wise and work out how to disable them?

• the merits of Honda’s VFR800 v Honda’s 954 FireBlade, and why Honda’s current VFR isn’t as good as its predecessors

• what’s a good modern sports tourer?

•... and much much more...


Thanks for listening and we hope lockdown life is made slightly less intolerable by our ramblings. Please continue to populate the FEC sack with your musings, questions, stories and your Corona coping strategies. Email us at:


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