Front End Chatter - episode 190

Front End Chatter


Hello everyone, two, three here we go and welcome to Front End Chatter episode 190 in series one of Britain's best (or at least longest-running) podcast-flavoured semi-occasional long-form motorcycling nattertainment, no thanks to him, Simon Hargreaves, and even less to him, Martin Fitz-Gibbons.

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And in this episode, we have:

  • Honda's new E-Clutch, ridden and rated - have Honda finally figured out a way to overthrow the manual transmission after nearly 70 years of trying?
  • Triumph Tiger 1200 - only two years old and already updated, well a bit, but also a hell of a lot.
  • BMW R1300GS - what's it like compared to the R1250GS, and what will BMW do with the Adventure?

And a hearty shuffle through the bulging FECsack, including

  • Street Triple - standard or R?
  • Guess the shaft-drive, garage-wood inducing tourer
  • How long do helmets really last, really?
  • The Biking Ladder - is it a load of tosh?
  • Fun bikes for occasionally taking a pillion (who may or may not be fun)
  • Best tyres for a Ténéré
  • Credit where Viva FECspana credit is (over)due

Please keep topping our FECsack up by emailing your thoughts, wonderings, ponderings and observances to

And it's not too late to join us on a 10-day biking tour of a lifetime! Viva FECspana takes in amazing best roads in France and Spain, fab company and lush hotels. Don't miss out on the highlight of your summer -

And, as ever, find us on the socials: @SimonHbikes and @Mufga



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