Iom tt

Discussion in 'Racing' started by dmcd, May 4, 2014.

  1. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    Less than 3 weeks to the TT. The Irish Road racing season buildup to the TT is well under way with the usual highs (well done to the Manxman Dan Kneen), and the tragic lows (rip Noel Murphy). The NW200 takes place on 17 May which is the final chance to test bikes before shipping them to "the island".

    Anybody want to make any predictions? Dunlop on the BMW, Hutchy back on form, McGuinness adding to his tally.


    Anybody going?


    The Official site is here.....

    http://www.iomtt.com/
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  2. stk0308

    stk0308 Long timer

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    If Dunlop clicks with the big Beemer it could be spectacular. I hope he's fully healthy.

    Hutchy is so damaged I fear for him every time he's out. Dodging around at the back of the pack in British superbike isn't helping, either.

    McGuiness will always be a threat on the big bikes.

    I'm still a little leary of Brookes racing on the roads. Being on a Yamaha team could cause him to push too hard to keep up. Especially in the superbike classes.

    I'm really hoping Conor Cummins comes back on form. He was quite the threat to McPint, right up until the big smash. I'm not sure him on the Tyco Suzuki's was the best platform for speed last year. But the team would be a good environment. Looks like he'll be on Hondas this year. That could go well.
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  3. BOOTLACE

    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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  4. thebigman

    thebigman bout a dollar 3.98

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    :deal

    I"m all ears :ear


    and eyes , Most exciting race in the world to me ,

    even tho we / I wont get much coverage , I will watch what"s available in my city .

    I've been Told May 31st at 9pm central it will be onTV for me ,

    Don't Know what class or etc , but I'm In .
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  5. thebigman

    thebigman bout a dollar 3.98

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    Also , IMO ,

    they are the baddest , coldest , fastest , Balls having guys in the racing world .

    Draging your shoulder against a cobblestone wall at 150+ mph is the shizznits .

    Absolutely the Best . :deal
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  6. jshuck

    jshuck Iron Butt #31

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    First trip. Taking my brother and a friend. Brother is from Chicago and friend from here in Connecticut. We land in Edinburgh, rent Suzukis and then ride to the ferry terminal. We meet up with 5 others coming from Germany. A guy on the R90S list had 3 extra spots so we are filling them. Took me about 3 minutes to make up my mind.

    We spend 5 nights there and I think our hotel is right in the middle of the action. Interestingly, our hotel burned to the ground about 4 months ago, so we are staying in these "container hotels" that that move from site to site. Built out of 40 ft. shipping containers. My brother says he is changing his name to Jack in the Box. I hope the plumbing is correct. I'll take some pics.

    Any hints on what to see and what to avoid? Thanks
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  7. BOOTLACE

    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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    To see? Everything really. Have a good long look around the Isle. There's some interesting history there...(did you know it was a prison during ww2?) The little boat trip around the 'Calf o Man' is excellent, leaves from Port Erin. Lots of stuff.
    Like unbelievably fast motorcycle riding....
    Things to avoid? Speeding in town.(the minimum speeding fine on the Isle of Man is £265 sir...). Riding under the influence of alcohol. Drugs. Pissing in public.

    Have fun!:clap:freaky
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  8. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    IOM TT has been on my "bucket list" since I was 12 years old (1967!) and too young to NEED a bucket list! Unfortunately it is STILL on the list :cry. Someday.....
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  9. TeneRay

    TeneRay 2>4

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    What's going in with Guy? Seems to be doing a lot of publicity stints and doesn't seem like he's focused on racing.

    I could be wrong. It's just what I see going on on his Facebook page.

    It'd be freaking great to finally see him take the podium :clap
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  10. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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  11. SquadraCorse

    SquadraCorse Been here awhile

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    Seems pretty focused to me. We'll see how he does at the NW200.

    http://tyco-suzuki.co.uk/news/hat-trick-for-martin-at-spring-cup
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  12. WIDELOAD

    WIDELOAD Bunburyist

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    Hope I meet some of you guys while your on the Island. I have met a few people off here including Guzzi Doug and Chiefrider, I'm the larger of the two DSM's at Ballaugh Bridge, come and say hello :clap

    The guys off UKGSER usually have a meet during race week, if I remember I'll post the details up here :freaky
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  13. y2blade

    y2blade Long timer

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  14. y2blade

    y2blade Long timer

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    I'm going again, this will be my 14th year.
    It''l be my first time TT camping, did a dummy run with the tent and camp bed (to check bed actually fits in the tent and that is it comfy) last weekend.

    Spent the night in the garden, it was bloody freezing so hopefully it won't be as cold during TT period or i'll be buying a new sleeping bag...but the bed fitted and was comfy so that was the main objective of the excersize.


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    I'll be on my FireBlade, with a friend in tow on his new 600 Hornet (MissB is missing it this year).
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    18 days to go.


    If anyone spots me at the campsite (or anywhere for that matter) please do say hello
    Chris
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  15. canoli

    canoli human

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  16. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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  17. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    You will like the Snoozebox. MrsYo and I used it for our stay in '12; it was right close to the paddock so in the middle of the action. Just don't try to cram 3 blokes into one unit. It's cozy for 2 people who REALLY like each other.
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  18. y2blade

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  19. dmcd

    dmcd Been here awhile

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_2ip5DJJ4E
    This video is taken between 11 and 12 on the map above, it is good because you can get in and out from the coast road when the circuit is closed. You can pay a couple of pounds to park in a farm yard, and use his fields which are on the circuit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnCwHkYmkz4
    This is taken in Kirk Michael (13), but you will be stuck there until the roads open, which can be all day! You pay a couple of pounds to park and rent a chair, with the funds going to charity. They have a tent selling tea, coffee + food.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZmREsGi5o4
    Ballaugh Bridge (15) is also a favourite of mine. Access from inside the circuit, when the roads are closed, (very scenic!)and a pub for food, drink and loos. You can watch from before and after the bridge if you don't mind hopping the stream. Wideload marshalls this part, so he'll have more info. I have never done it, but I think you can go under the road using the river, but you'll get wet.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxSw-jNB5cY
    You can get to Hailwood Rise (29) from Ballaugh Bridge using the roads in the centre of the Island. I often do this if there are two races on the same day, watching one from each spot. On a nice day, in my opinion this spot is the TT.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgaSIbLjJxA
    Gooseneck (22) I haven't been here for a couple of years, but is good because you can get in from the outside of the circuit when the roads are closed. It will be busy, but you can wander up the circuit until you are on your own if you wish to do so.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn5YFql5yi4
    Creg ny baa (35) is also good for the pub/food/parking, but will be busy, you just walk up or down the circuit until the crowds stop. Again you can get access from outside the circuit after the roads close.

    I can go on if you wish:evil
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  20. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Hillberry is a great place to watch; it's not too far from Douglas/Onchan so is relatively easy to access, plus you can get to the north side of the road even when the course is live.

    The bikes hit their fastest speeds in this section, and it's quite surreal to stand next to the course as they go flying by.
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