Isle of Man TT 2012

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  1. TeneRay

    TeneRay 2>4

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    Figure I begin the thread since it's never too early. Just a little over 100 days away!

    I actually plan on attending this year (my first! :clap) and was wondering if anyone else had intentions on going? My plans are set in stone. The passport is working and I'm talking to an agency to find me the cheapest route. Also need the boss to bless me off on the vacay.

    I plan to leave on or about the 26th of May and begin my return on the 9th of June. I'm going to try and bring the mountain bike fitted with panniers so I can get around the island throughout the race.

    If things start to work out, I wanted to see if anyone wanted to group together and share a campsite or other provisions.

    Oh, feel free to talk about the race, riders, points of interest, etc. :D
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  2. spezjag

    spezjag Long timer

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    Your first week there will be quiet - the practices are now only held at night now, I believe. You will have plenty of time to see points of interest on the Island. The people are unbelievably friendly, helpful, and fascinated that Americans would travel all the way there to see the races. They are also almost to a person remarkably well0informed about the racing and the racers - so many of them will ask you if you know any of the Americans who might be racing!

    There are good places to eat, especially during the first week when the crowds are smaller. I had fantastic Indian food in Douglas that week, as well as Italian.

    Walk the Promenade, talk to locals, get out as much as possible.

    Have fun, and when you're done, come back here and post your pics!
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  3. Pork-Chop Express

    Pork-Chop Express Been here awhile

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    Seeing the IOM in person has always been very high on my bucket list but your description of the place and the people made me realize it needs to be number 1 on my list!
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  4. too old for dirt

    too old for dirt Been here awhile

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    Is there any organization that puts together a tour trip? Do you need to just do the trip on your own?

    I have always wanted to go, but would prefer someone else do the planning.:hmmmmm
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  5. Dash2

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    http://www.biketours-uk.com/catman/subcat/9/86/index.cms i emailed him back in early january and he had openings for this year, i was going to go, but have decided to save for a house and try to go next year.
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  6. dmcd

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    Here's a wee thread of mine from last year.....

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=733538

    has some links you might find useful.

    I would advise against riding your mountain bike over that particular mountain, anything on two wheels doing less than 80 is dangerous.:wink:
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  7. spezjag

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    Oh, and no less an authority than Neil Hodgson said whatever you do, do NOT ride a motorcycle on the course at any point during the two weeks of the TT festival - it is just too dangerous with too many hero-wanna-be's (both in cages and on bikes) out on the roads.
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  8. motogeo

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    I have been to Isle of Man every year since 2008 when I raced it. I've only raced once but the experience has me going back every year as it's my personal favorite motorcycle event of the year. I've commentated my trip to the island along with filming & interviewing great motorcyclists of our time: Mick Doonan & John McGuinness. Hope you enjoy, more pics on my site.

    My ride to the TT in 2010:
    http://www.motogeo.com/iom-tt-2010/

    Mick Doonan rides the TT course:
    http://www.motogeo.com/mick-doohan-rides-the-tt-course/

    John McGuinness Interview at TT:
    http://www.motogeo.com/john-mcguinness-interview/
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  9. nanotech9

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    I would love to go watch... but as little as i know about motorcycle history, teh riders, etc, i feel that if i ever did get to go the trip would be half wasted as i would have no idea who was who! :(

    I wonder how much a plane flight over is?
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  10. BOOTLACE

    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum.

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    Fook all Buddy. Then fly t th Island and back.
    This year, me is going to the Manx GP. So there.
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  11. dmcd

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    Hmm dunno about that, been taking a bike to the TT for 10 years without much trouble, ride defensively, if you are slow stay to the left. It is however a good place to kill yourself if you want to see how good you are.
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  12. B.Curvin

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    I agree. I rented a bike in London and rode to the 2000TT. A little CB500. I rode the island everyday including Mad Sunday. I never had any issues. Except maybe the ZX-9 rider who apparently took issue with a CB500 going round the outside on the Mountain. He kept passing me back on the straights. :deal
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  13. Forde

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    you must have been tearing it up on the cb500 lol

    im gettin the boat over on mad sunday and ill be over the whole race week. takin the XT660 over.

    if you wanna hang out or whatever man just give me a message on here or something, it would be awesome to meet some people off here. since everyone on here mostly is from usa and i live on the other side of the world its not something i have a chance to do often.

    are you going over alone or with anyone else/wife/mates/whatever?

    dmcd and motogeo are you going this year then?

    dmcd are you on nibikers?
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  14. dmcd

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    Yeah the whole shebang are going over on the midnight sailing thurs 31 May, thats me, the wife, kids, Xchallenge, and my dad on his hornet. The wife and kids are coming home on the Tuesday morning due to exams, so being the dutiful dad, I'm staying the rest of the week:wink:.

    I'll have to get a look at NIbikers, I had missed that one.
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  15. Forde

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    nice one mate, is your da staying the rest of the week too? where yous staying

    ill be over from sun 3rd to sun 10th as i said. camping. thinkin glenlough.

    everyone going off here definitely we all need to meet up for a good ADV rider hangin out session!

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  16. Dash2

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    so there is going to be a light weight and heavy weight twin race this year to add to the awesome spectacle. should be good!
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  17. stk0308

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    Where are you reading about heavyweight? I thought it was just lightweight twins, which is roughly based on Supertwins rules, 650cc limit. So basically SVs and ERs.
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  18. Dash2

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    i stand corrected. :D on the tt site they refer to them as super twins, my bad. still should be interesting
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  19. stk0308

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    They do that over there :D

    I agree. There are some interesting names popping up as entrants. Just recently Michael Rutter announced he'll be riding a KMR Kawasaki, that's Ryan Farqhar's own team, and he's been the 800 lbs gorrila in the Irish Roads racing series twins class. Could be The Blade's best chance at another TT win.
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  20. roadholder

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    I was there (yikes!) over 20 years ago and am long due to go back.
    I rented a small dualsport bike from a local dealer, which kept me mobile and able to visit and ride through all the historic roads, corners, pubs, viewpoints, etc that I had been reading about since I was a kid. Saw Ramsey Sprints, Douglas Promenade, Peel Castle, trials, bike shows...you name it! It's enjoyable on many levels, from the riding, to spectating and entertainment, with numerous on and off road events and rallys. Think of it as Daytona Speed Week except with most everyone there actually interested in racing!

    In addition to some off-road work I managed a sizzling 45 minute lap on the little DS bike that brought little attention and never even raised an eye as I caught air over Ballaugh Bridge...an act that had several proper sport bikes pulled over by the constabulary! Great memories, including of course watching "yer man" Joey Dunlop winning...almost as scripted! :lol3

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