Front End Chatter - episode 91

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 Front End Chatter E91, the nearly-but-not-quite episode, supported, enabled and triggered by – or is it just – and Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists.

And what a bounteous springtime episode we have, containing gossip such as:

• COTA – or is it GOTA? – with Marquez beating himself while Rins wins on a Suzuki and Rossi is runner-up again again again (he’s going for another record: Pedrosa’s “Most Perennial Runner-Up” Award)

• A half-naked Lorenzo adds to his list of embarrassing advert

• World Superbike’s Dave Bautista demonstrates it’s easier to adapt from a V4 MotoGP bike to a V4 WSB bike than from a V-twin WSB bike to a V4 WSB bike...

• Brief chats about Husqvarana’s Svartpilen 701 – a KTM 690 Duke in a frock or chainsaw on wheels? – Yamaha’s Tracer/Ténéré 700 GT and BMW’s new R1250R...

• Custom-moulded ear-plugs v foam plugs?

• How Fairy Liquid solves visor misting

• How to approach your first road race

• Why aren’t more bike journalists nicked riding like idiots on foreign launches?

• Why riding more makes you enjoy riding more

• Is Yamaha’s Niken the perfect camera bike for filming cycle racing?

• Why seat height isn’t actually a good measure of the height of the seat...

• ...and so much less. I mean more. More. Much more.

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