Front End Chatter - episode 96

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 E96, the world’s most favouritist biking podcast, supported as ever by and Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists.

Rambling gossip this month includes:

• MotoGP from Catalunya and why Lorenzo wasn’t the bad guy

• conquering the Rudland Rigg on a Triumph Scrambler 1200

• new bike news featuring...

1) Ducati’s Streetfighter V4, with added wings

2) KTM’s 790 Adventure R Rally with added springs

3) Triumph Rocket III TFC with added torques

• ...which is an awful lot of extreme/exclusivity/exotica all in one go, but should anyone really care, do they actually make any money for the manufacturers or are they just exercises in PR and brand awareness?

• are bikers getting more gammony?

• does size matter (we’re talking engines here)?

• why don’t more bikes have an overdrive top gear, and is it more fuel efficient to use big throttle in top gear of part throttle in lower gears?

• are Triumphs more unreliable than other manufacturers, and why doesn’t the press talk about it?

• You want a desirable, fun, impractical road bike – should you buy a Ducati 1098S or an MV Agusta F3 800... or something else altogether?

• BMW R18 concept bike – thumbs up or thumbs up bums?
• why focussing on less-tall bikers is size-ist; a lot of tall riders have problems too...

• more on the merits or otherwise of air-bag vests – do they work, and does risk compensation actually make you more likely to have an accident when wearing one?


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