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(Independent)   The Isle of Man TT: a motorcycle race that defies the nanny state   (independent.co.uk) divider line 31
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2013-06-10 11:54:46 AM
spent summers there as a kid. watched many a TT in the 70s. beautiful island. great race.
 
2013-06-10 12:02:25 PM
The last of it's kind . The most awesome motorcycle race in the world.
 
2013-06-10 12:07:01 PM

FlashHarry: spent summers there as a kid. watched many a TT in the 70s. beautiful island. great race.


What a coincidence!  I also spent many summers in the '70s staring at TTs!
 
2013-06-10 12:09:57 PM

FloydA: What a coincidence!  I also spent many summers in the '70s staring at TTs!


heh. well played, sir. well played.
 
2013-06-10 12:37:28 PM

mtlls: The last of it's kind . The most awesome motorcycle race in the world.




ftfy

/those guys are crazy
 
2013-06-10 12:52:30 PM

FlashHarry: spent summers there as a kid. watched many a TT in the 70s. beautiful island. great race.


Which Gibb brother are you?
 
2013-06-10 12:55:48 PM
Lifelong motorcyclist here (commuter, so pretty much every day). I farking love Isle of Man.

And btw, if you're gonna go, high-siding after a 160 mph mishap is the way to do it. I don't race professionally, but have logged plenty of amateur track days flogging my Speed Triple against guys with pure, purpose-built bikes. There comes a point when your body and the machine are in almost orgasmic harmony, and you realize that if you ever get cancer or some other dismal fate - that's how you want go out.

F*ck it man, it's not like you're gonna suffer once you get to higher speeds, no matter what gear you're wearing.
 
2013-06-10 01:22:13 PM

mtlls: The last of it's kind .


That isn't necessarily true. Irish Road Racing is very similar to the TT, although the courses are shorter.
 
2013-06-10 01:32:34 PM

Cheron: FlashHarry: spent summers there as a kid. watched many a TT in the 70s. beautiful island. great race.

Which Gibb brother are you?


well, none - but my grannie did live next to maurice gibb for a time. or i should say, he lived next to her - she was there first, after all.
 
2013-06-10 01:41:01 PM

dickfreckle:  flogging my Speed Triple


This is how you separate the men from the lads. love my 06 speedy.
 
2013-06-10 01:59:07 PM
And the cameras they are using now are spectacular. I just wish they would leave the onboard shots on longer, or maybe even a few hours of nothing but onboard footage.
 
kab
2013-06-10 02:04:58 PM
Flying over to watch one of these is on my bucket list.   Seems like a really good time.
 
2013-06-10 02:06:18 PM

kab: Flying over to watch one of these is on my bucket list.   Seems like a really good time.


THIS

Watched some of the sidecar races this year too, my wife gave an emphatic "NO" when I asked if she wanted to be the sidecar rider. lol
 
2013-06-10 02:34:10 PM

kab: Flying over to watch one of these is on my bucket list.   Seems like a really good time.


my bro lives on the island and posts videos online of the races. it's amazing how close the spectators get. close enough that the passing bikes will literally blow your hair back. pretty crazy.

plus, there's what they call "mad sunday," where anyone with a bike can run the course.
 
2013-06-10 03:10:57 PM
static.happyplace.com
 
2013-06-10 03:21:47 PM

TheManofPA: [static.happyplace.com image 614x753]


It's right next to the Island of Lesbos, I think.
 
2013-06-10 03:23:32 PM
Nuh mi she herddly-burdle.  Hav'r a goon tippy.

</end Michael Dunlop speak>
 
2013-06-10 03:35:36 PM
Nanny State: A term used mockingly among alleged adults who believe Daddy Warbucks is real.
 
2013-06-10 03:44:01 PM

Whiskey Dickens: Nuh mi she herddly-burdle.  Hav'r a goon tippy.

</end Michael Dunlop speak>


i tried to understand an interview with guy martin the other day. it was indecipherable. and my family is from there!
 
2013-06-10 03:48:18 PM

EyeballKid: Nanny State: A term used mockingly among alleged adults who believe Daddy Warbucks is real.


www.humanevents.com
 
2013-06-10 03:49:18 PM
A wheel and the petrol tank span into the crowd congregated beside a burger van.


"I DON'T LIKE SPAN!!!!!!"
www.c-pol.com
 
2013-06-10 03:55:42 PM

johnny_vegas: EyeballKid: Nanny State: A term used mockingly among alleged adults who believe Daddy Warbucks is real.

[www.humanevents.com image 420x289]


Wow. Who knew back in 2005 that by 2013 one of those people would be a senator, one would be exposed as a disingenuous piece of shiat, and Michael Medved would still be a failed movie critic turned disingenuous piece of shiat?
 
2013-06-10 04:03:24 PM

EyeballKid: johnny_vegas: EyeballKid: Nanny State: A term used mockingly among alleged adults who believe Daddy Warbucks is real.

[www.humanevents.com image 420x289]

Wow. Who knew back in 2005 that by 2013 one of those people would be a senator, one would be exposed as a disingenuous piece of shiat, and Michael Medved would still be a failed movie critic turned disingenuous piece of shiat?


crazy, huh?
 
2013-06-10 04:12:01 PM

FlashHarry: Whiskey Dickens: Nuh mi she herddly-burdle.  Hav'r a goon tippy.

</end Michael Dunlop speak>

i tried to understand an interview with guy martin the other day. it was indecipherable. and my family is from there!


Try turning on the closed captioning. (this may or may not help you)
 
2013-06-10 04:16:45 PM

FlashHarry: Whiskey Dickens: Nuh mi she herddly-burdle.  Hav'r a goon tippy.

</end Michael Dunlop speak>

i tried to understand an interview with guy martin the other day. it was indecipherable. and my family is from there!


My wife is from about 60 miles away from where Guy Martin grew up, and even she finds his Lincs accent almost impenetrable.

The TT is pretty much the only Motorsport that can hol my attention. It's totally compelling.

 
2013-06-10 04:41:12 PM

gwowen: My wife is from about 60 miles away from where Guy Martin grew up, and even she finds his Lincs accent almost impenetrable.


seems like a nice bloke. he had his pic taken with my bro and his kids last year. my bro said he was a good guy. nice sideboards, too.
 
2013-06-10 05:16:53 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXR8Df_Bml0

Oblig.

/That's a MAN'S corner!
 
2013-06-10 06:18:03 PM

FlashHarry: Whiskey Dickens: Nuh mi she herddly-burdle.  Hav'r a goon tippy.

</end Michael Dunlop speak>

i tried to understand an interview with guy martin the other day. it was indecipherable. and my family is from there!


I know so many people that say they can only understand about 1 word in 10. I don't get that, I can understand him perfectly.
 
2013-06-10 07:16:06 PM

turtleking: dickfreckle:  flogging my Speed Triple

This is how you separate the men from the lads. love my 06 speedy.


It's an insanely great bike (mine's a year shy of yours), simultaneously providing the grunt I need in low-gear urban situations with most (not all) of the top-end rural insanity of a Japanese 4. Bonus: Handlebars vs. clip-ons. I can actually ride my S3 all day with minimal discomfort (usually monkey butt, but that's the case with nearly all bikes). So I get all the performance I could ever want (some mods) but can still realistically commute on her.

I grew up riding boxers and later K-bikes, with a Ducati thrown in the mix, but I'm pretty sure I'm Triumph for life. Also, the S3 has been in existence for god knows how many years in various forms. As they say, 50 millions Elvis fans can't be wrong.
 
2013-06-11 09:51:53 AM

cannotsuggestaname: I know so many people that say they can only understand about 1 word in 10. I don't get that, I can understand him perfectly.


are you from lincolnshire?

btw, i love this line from his wikipedia entry:

He presently rents his own garage on the former RAF Blyton airfield, and lives nearby renting a room at his fiancee's parents' home. Martin owns various cars, including a 2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage, but his main transport is a Ford Transit van.
 
2013-06-11 01:07:23 PM
Nope, I'm from Durham, North Carolina originally. No Lincolnshire accents around those parts :D

I have no idea why I can understand him, I guess that is my total useless super power?
 
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