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TT 2010
03-23-2010, 01:04 PM
Post: #1
TT 2010
Link to the 2010 Isle of Mann TT launch video, the action footage starts at about 5:45 in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w9itgZe-hY

For anyone who hasn't heard of Isle of Mann TT

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_of_Man_TT

The "track" is 37.75 miles long, on what are public roads the rest of the year and goes through several villages, next to stone walls, houses, lamp posts etc, plus up into the countryside and over the mountain. The lap record stands at 17m12.3s at an average speed of 131.578mph, which is insane. I belive there was some good coverage in USA on HD Theatre, it was all on ITV3 in the UK which was all available on RU.

You can also get on board video on YouTube of a complete lap.

Oh, and the TT used to be part of what was the MotoGP championship up until 1976.
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03-23-2010, 05:49 PM
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RE: TT 2010
Have you ever been? It should be on every bike-fan's must-do list.

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03-23-2010, 09:11 PM
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RE: TT 2010
Insane race! I would love to be apart of that. Someday....

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03-24-2010, 08:11 AM
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RE: TT 2010
(03-23-2010 05:49 PM)drmarkf Wrote:  Have you ever been? It should be on every bike-fan's must-do list.

Sadly no, and I never will now as it's too big a trip to drag my wife to, and a week or more away without her isn't going to happen when we only get 3 weeks a year.

My Grandparents used to go every year, they would book their camping spot for the next year while they were up there. It sounds like an awesome trip.
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03-24-2010, 04:33 PM
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RE: TT 2010
While at school I went twice on biology field trips to the University of Liverpool marine biology research station in Port Erin. Our biology master was a bike nut and, strangely enough, the field trip always co-incided with the TT.

We're talking 1970/71ish.

Somewhere I've got some old Kodachromes of bikes and sidecars going round Craig-ny-Baa and a few other corners I've forgotten.

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03-24-2010, 04:57 PM (This post was last modified: 03-24-2010 05:02 PM by chemics.)
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RE: TT 2010
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This was my wallpaper on my laptop for a while, it always amazes me speeds the top guys can go and not fall off.

Another favourite is Ballaugh

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The ones that are really impressive is over the mountain when the TV helicopter can't keep up with the Superbikes, which I think are doing 190+
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03-27-2010, 10:13 AM
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RE: TT 2010
The legendary IOM TT, never been but always wanted to. My Nephew has been a couple of times, and he says its hairy but fantastic.
Its also one of the few places in the UK where there are no speed limits outside of built up areas.
Nigel Mansell served as a special constable there for a time.
I believe Mike Hailwood was the first man to average 100mph around the course on Dunlop rubber, which spawned the name for the TT100 road tyre back in the 70s.
Even though the event is held in June, it can still get foggy on the mountain section of the course.

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05-23-2010, 09:28 PM
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Here's some gripping on-tank video of Joey Dunlop on a 1984 Honda V4:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8qWhVfNM...embedded#!

There are 2 more there, covering the full lap.
For any normal biker that's a bit of a brown trouser job, to quote the ever-colourful Graham Chapman...

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05-25-2010, 08:17 AM
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(05-23-2010 09:28 PM)drmarkf Wrote:  Here's some gripping on-tank video of Joey Dunlop on a 1984 Honda V4:

Absolute legend, nobody will ever beat his record for wins.
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06-04-2010, 08:31 AM
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RE: TT 2010
Practice week has started, a few guys have already broken the 130mph average speed.

There are several onboard videos at Crash.net, this one os from John McGuinness, who will be one of the favourites

http://www.crash.net/road+racing/video/1...board.html
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06-04-2010, 10:01 AM
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RE: TT 2010
Great video!

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06-04-2010, 01:22 PM (This post was last modified: 06-04-2010 01:44 PM by chemics.)
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RE: TT 2010
I highly recommend downloading some of the RU feeds from ITV4 once the racing starts, they had hi-def super slo-mo cameras there last year, it was incredible footage. It may also be covered on Discovery Home & Leisure in USA, but not sure when. Just imagine 6 laps all at that pace with a stops for fuel/rear tyre every couple of laps.
From MCN's TT blog
http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/sport/...t-circuit/

Quote:Things here that you just don’t see at short circuit races:

A lap that takes over 17 minutes.
Mechanics blowing out fuel tanks to gain a little bit extra capacity in orders to go full race distance.
Mechanics fitting flip-top Monza fuel caps for pit stops (secured by R-clips this year for the first time ever).
Mechanics taking their bikes through scrutineering every single day.
A board on the startline telling riders of road conditions around the course.
Riders jumping from a superbike to a superstocker and then to a supersport bike in the space of one practice session.
Riders getting a bollicking for taking a short cut back to the pits after hitting a problem just before Bray Hill (Guy Martin). Was he really expected to sit the entire
session out by his bike when there was an alternative?
Leopard-skin coloured tyre warmer covers (Guy Martin’s pit again)
Newcomers having to do one controlled lap behind an experienced TT rider/marshall before being allowed onto the course alone.
Riders setting off in pairs for practice.
Riders setting off one at a time in the races.
Riders saying hello to the fairies.
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06-07-2010, 12:07 PM
Post: #13
RE: TT 2010
Ian Hutchinson has just won his third race of this year, that's all 3 solo races that have run so far, including 2 today. Prior to this year he had only won 3 TT's in total

His 3 wins this year are

Superbike - Average race speed 127.502mph
Supersport - Average race speed 124.677mph
Superstock - no info yet, he only just finished

There are two more major solo races this week, the second Supersport race on Wednesday and the big one, the Senior TT on Friday. (although I don't understand the difference between this and the Superbike race to be honest, as the bikes are the same, I think it's just the name and the prestige/pay cheque for winning)

There is also the 1 lap TT Zero electric bike race on Wednesday, but no top riders compete in that yet. One comment I say from a decent ish rider from last year was that he had time to take in the scenery over the mountain as the bikes were so much slower. They are nearly as fast in the tight stuff though, so there is still a decent amount of skill required and it's a good way to showcase the technology and get people developing it.
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06-10-2010, 12:05 PM
Post: #14
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Hutchinson just made it 4 from 4, hell of a race, he won by 1.45s over 4 laps. Michael Dunlop had the lead with half a lap to go.
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06-11-2010, 09:10 AM
Post: #15
RE: TT 2010
I cannot wait to see this on TV. Unfortunately, I cant find when it will be on. Boooooooo

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06-11-2010, 01:14 PM
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RE: TT 2010
RU, probably in about half an hour. (PM me your e-mail address if you need an invite)

Guy Martin had what sounds like a massive crash in the Senior TT today that caused a Red Flag, his bike ended up in a hedge on fire. Thankfully he was relatively OK with bruised lungs and fractures to his upper spine.

Hutchinson won the restarted 4 lap race to take all 5 solo races for the week, the first time it has ever happened as far as I am aware.
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06-16-2010, 01:07 PM
Post: #17
RE: TT 2010
Pictures from during Guy Martins crash are here, I can see why people were worried he had killed himself!!

http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news...11986.html
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03-22-2011, 11:26 AM
Post: #18
RE: TT 2010
It looks like it could be a good year for Motorsport Documentaries, TT3D is out this year and iSuperbiker is out soon (or already out??)

http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=30469

No doubt we will have to wait for DVD releases to get them this side of the pond.
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03-24-2011, 10:18 AM
Post: #19
RE: TT 2010
That is very exciting. Say what you want, but I dont think there is another form of racing out there that can compare with the intensity, speed, length and risk of death. Maybe the Nordschleife back in the day. But nothing present day that i know of.

I think this (along with the Senna movie) would make a great x-mas gift for me.

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03-24-2011, 10:40 AM (This post was last modified: 03-24-2011 10:40 AM by chemics.)
Post: #20
RE: TT 2010
(03-24-2011 10:18 AM)jccaruso Wrote:  I think this (along with the Senna movie) would make a great x-mas gift for me.

That's what I expect to be telling my in-laws/parents this year. Although I bet I will just buy them myself as soon as they are released and get them to post them over rather than waiting.
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03-24-2011, 11:18 AM
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I figure on doing something similar. Buy it myself, (preview it to make sure it works) wrap it and say it was from my wife/daughter.

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03-24-2011, 11:26 AM
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(03-24-2011 11:18 AM)jccaruso Wrote:  I figure on doing something similar. Buy it myself, (preview it to make sure it works) wrap it and say it was from my wife/daughter.

Sounds familiar. I don't know how I ever got to buying my own Birthday/Christmas presents.
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