Front End Chatter - episode 99

Front End Chatter podcast


Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter Episode 99, the Nearly-But-Not-Quite episode brought to your ears in cahoots with the best biking website on the, er, web – – and the best biking insurers in the, er, universe, Bennetts.

And this time we have for your delectation:

• remarkable Mark Marquez marks his all-time record-equalling 58th pole position at Brno by qualifying with the biggest margin in the modern MotoGP era...

• ...although technically and mathematically, there’s still a chance Hafizh Syahrin could still take the title...

• ...but anyway, MotoGP is boring now because the same guy keeps winning all the time so we’re all going to watch WSB instead...

• ...or maybe we should watch BSB, with Scotch Redding still leading the championship after Thruxton, but by less, from Josh Brookes, not that it matters because, basically, Showdown...

• ...although we only needed to watch the last lap at the Suzuka 8hr because for 7hrs 57mins some bikes went round the track until Jonny Rea fell off and then won in the restaurant.


• an audio review of Moto Guzzi’s V85 TT ridden for 1000 miles in 35°C

AND! Your emails, including...

• Triumphs are still reliable

• with a few new bikes now coming with an SP (or R) version with uprated suspension, would it be worth buying the standard-suspended model instead and spending the difference getting it uprated by an aftermarket suspension specialist?

• how far does Mufga need to shove the drugs up his... oh, you had to be there, really...

• which used naked bike to upgrade from an Aprilia Shiver 750: Ducati Streetfighter 848, Monster 1200, Aprilia Tuono V4 or Triumph Street Triple RS? Or Speed Triple, even?

• would you rather have a perfect bike from a shitty dealer, or a bike with a few teething troubles from a really good dealer?

• is a late-1990s GSX-R SRAD750 or 600 still a good sportsbike today? Or is there something better from the same era?


• ...and much, much more. No, really, even more.

Thanks for listening!

• Please come to FEC#100, live at Cadwell Park near Louth, Lincs, on Tuesday Aug 13th

• email your thoughts, questions and comments to

• or why not record us a FEC#100 message? Just a simple “Please stop, again!” would suffice...

• visit for your motorcycling news, stories, fun and frolicking about

• go get your insurance from Bennetts

• book yourself on the FECtacular/FECstival on 13th August at Cadwell Park

• follow @SimonHbikes and @Mufga on the Twitters, Instas etc

• and hello to Mr and Mrs Preston




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