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Isle of Man TT
« on: May 16, 2017, 11:05:32 am »


With the Isle of Man TT fortnight starting in about a week's time I'm remembering my trip to the Island last year.  One of the stars every year is John McGuiness who, like a lot of successful riders at the IoM, is an older guy at 45.  Nicknamed "McPint" for obvious reasons McGuiness has been racing at the Island for 18 years.  At a total of 23 wins and 45 podiums he is the second most successful rider at the TT after the late Joey Dunlop.  Unfortunately, I don't think he'll make the TT this year as he had a bad crash during practice for the NorthWest 200 (a road race in Ireland) last week.  He was injured pretty severely and that sort of thing at his age is possibly a career ending incident.

His teammate on the Honda squad this year is Guy Martin and it will be very interesting to see how he and the new big Honda CBR1000 do on the Mountain.  In the last few years the course has been a playground for riders on BMW s1000rr's but with new models from Suzuki and Honda that may change this year.

Certainly it'll be interesting to watch.

Best of luck to every racer on the Island.  They are certainly the bravest in motorsports.



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Re: Isle of Man TT
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2017, 01:29:21 pm »
That's a really cool video!

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Re: Isle of Man TT
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2017, 02:05:18 pm »
:ditto on Video

Like I said in another reply -- AMAZING Riders &  Me best to watch from a distance and not be in that race.
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Re: Isle of Man TT
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2017, 05:46:32 pm »
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Re: Isle of Man TT
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2018, 08:25:10 am »
If you can,  post some pics of your camp site, tent, etc. You may be like me though and not a prolific pic taker like Paul.
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Re: Isle of Man TT
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2018, 05:44:18 am »
McGuinness riding for Michael Dunlop's team in superstock.. WHich means we get to see McGuinness and Dunlop go head to head on identical machinery...  Worth watching.

Also,  You get McGuinness competing on at least 3 different brands...m   Kawasaki (Lightweight)  Honda (Superstock/supersport) and Norton (Superbike)
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Re: Isle of Man TT
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2018, 09:24:39 am »
McGuinness riding for Michael Dunlop's team in superstock.. WHich means we get to see McGuinness and Dunlop go head to head on identical machinery...  Worth watching.

Also,  You get McGuinness competing on at least 3 different brands...m   Kawasaki (Lightweight)  Honda (Superstock/supersport) and Norton (Superbike)

When I was there in 2016 Dunlop was just flying and virtually unbeatable.  He was noticeably faster than the other riders in every section of the Mountain course.  (At least in the 5 different spots I watched from.)  Set a new absolute lap record too.  McPint is a fine rider with a enviable record on the Island but Dunlop is the man when he's having a good day.
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Re: Isle of Man TT
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2018, 10:03:28 am »
If you can,  post some pics of your camp site, tent, etc. You may be like me though and not a prolific pic taker like Paul.

Here are a few photos from the 2016 trip:

On the Island:


The campground I stayed at near Union Mills on the TT course.


The real star of the 2016 visit was the Island itself and the people.  Simply lovely scenery.


The Bandit and I on the Douglas Prom in front of Bushy's.  The famous pub is gone now in the renovations in Douglas but they set up a big tent on the beach for the TT to keep the TT tradition going. 

A couple of shots at Quarter Bridge during the RST Superbike TT:


McGuninness coming through.  He finished 3rd in the race.


An American, Mark Miller from California racing a EBR Buell with Splitlath Racing.  He DNFed.  I loved the helmet.
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Re: Isle of Man TT
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2018, 09:47:13 pm »
I think those guys do not know how to ride Straight Up and Down (anything less than 45 degrees - forget it).  :happypep :happyrider

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