Front End Chatter - episode 121

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 Front End Chatter E121, Britain’s most aromatic motorcycling podcast, presented by the fragrant Simon Hargreaves and the perfumed Martin Fitz-Gibbons – and supported as ever by the mellifluous niff emanating from the guys and gals of Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists, and the aromatic scent wafting from, the world of motorcycling on the interweb.

And on this edition of FEC we natter about:

  • details of the proposed Isle of Wight Diamond Races – Britain’s first new road race in modern times – and ask how likely it is to happen, who's paying for it, and what do the islanders have to say – plus, a detailed look at the layout and quality of the circuit itself
  • action from MotoGP from Jerez #2, including the wisdom of racing with broken bones
  • action from WSB at, er, Jerez again
  • more electrical issues and who can solve them
  • is there such a thing as a good, cheap, sporty V-twin?
  • does comfort matter on a naked bike? 
  • have sportsbikes got too radical and would a Superleggera outsell a GS if it was the same price?
  • what does 'best bike of 2020' actually mean?

...and loads more!

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