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Old 03-26-2014, 10:37 PM   #16
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I always thought these guys are nuts, but then I saw them racing side cars on the TT. The monkeys on them are outa there minds! Talk about having trust in your partner!
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:43 PM   #17
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Side cars? What the F##K? They must be nuts.
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Old 03-27-2014, 04:07 AM   #18
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Got buddy that's gonna race the baby IOM TT in August (Manx GP). I knew he was a bit crazy, but dayum!
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Old 03-27-2014, 03:09 PM   #19
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What are the rewards. Surely the risks far outweigh any reward. One slight error is a death sentence.

I wonder how they compare to motogp guys. Would Guy Martin dominate motogp?

It's like a gladiator fight where arms get chopped off compared to olympic fencing.
Second that. For all noobs out there this is the perfect line the alternative is Death. Seriously.
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:17 PM   #20
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Would love to see some of the IOM competitors run run laps against WSB, AMA and MotoGP superstars... Probably be very interesting.
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:39 PM   #21
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Eek

The IOM was the ultimate road race for many years, and the greatest of the great have raced there. The battles between Hailwood and Reed are legendary.

Many of todays top riders have said they would like to ride there. The danger is so real, most are by contract not allowed to do so, except perhaps in a leisurely manner for photo ops and such.
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:45 PM   #22
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Ya...saw this video some time ago...and saved it to favourites.
These guys are absolutely insane!
Fun to watch, but they truly must have a death wish.
People killed every year and I am astonished that this race hasn't been banned years ago...and in most places it would have been for sure.
But, it is about freedom of choice and is beyond amazing to watch.
These guys have BIG BALLS and little brains.
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:08 PM   #23
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I went last year. It had to be seen to be believed. I did 4 laps of the circuit at a brisk pace and it was a thrill ride for sure. I can't even imagine what it would be like to average over 130 mph a lap for almost 190 miles. These guys are the true "aliens".
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:23 PM   #24
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I've been a course Marshall a few times for the NW200, a similar race run in Ireland years ago. The rush of these guys coming by at 190+ and sitting up to use their upper body as air brakes is unlike anything you'll ever feel.
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Old 03-28-2014, 12:12 AM   #25
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The adventure for me will be the journey getting to the race I'll let the Death wish boys provide the adrenalin kick!

...love to see some of the IOM competitors run run laps against WSB, AMA and MotoGP superstars... Agree Barry! In the perfect world and all that
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Old 03-28-2014, 12:45 AM   #26
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Unreal.

It's hard to comprehend how such speed can be kept up for so long...
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:19 PM   #27
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I've been a course Marshall a few times for the NW200, a similar race run in Ireland years ago. The rush of these guys coming by at 190+ and sitting up to use their upper body as air brakes is unlike anything you'll ever feel.
http://youtu.be/LU-ynRoqDEs


IMO, the Northwest 200 is even more dangerous than the IOM TT. The mass start of the NW200 vs the 15 second timed single interval start of the TT makes the NW200 truly insane.

My 2 week visit to TT'94 changed me forever. Nothing like this could be sanctioned in North America. Anyone remotely interested in motorcycles simply must take in the TT.
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:48 PM   #28
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I wonder how they compare to motogp guys. Would Guy Martin dominate motogp?

It's like a gladiator fight where arms get chopped off compared to olympic fencing.
That's a great analogy.

The IOM racers would probably be bored on a closed course because it is too controlled, in a similar way that a gladiator would not worry about getting touched on the chest in a fencing match.

The MotoGP guys are probably better at precision riding, but might not know what to do with a speed wobble while catching air over a bridge; similar to a fencer who just had his arm lopped off.
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:37 PM   #29
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But just out of interest-which lot of guys are the better riders? We are into adventure riding or we wouldn't be hanging around this web site. We ride to experience everything around us and get everywhere.

The pure technique of riding is perfect with these guys. I'd love to see IOM guys mix it with the motoGP lot. On equal bikes I'd say they'd leave em behind
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:04 AM   #30
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I honestly don't know which lot of guys would win on a track. The GP guys are good at finding that "limit" and holding the bike there, but I swear, most of the time on the IOM the bikes are totally out of control and the riders are just hanging on, giving it throttle.
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