Mon, 10 April 2017
Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter E54, brought to you as is our wont, by our friends at www.bikesocial.co.uk.
• MotoGP from The Hot Springs Of the River Hondo circuit in Argentina – who won, who fell off, who thought they should've won, how many miles per gallon Cal Crutchlow gets from his RCV, and a whole bunch of nerdy stats including some so nerdy we can't actually work out what they mean
• World Snoozerbike from Aragon where <mumble>
• British Superbike from Donington Park
• plus some bikes we've ridden including a thorough review of KTM's revamped 390 Duke, and a less coherent mention of Honda's new Rebel, CB1100s and CBR and CB650F
• plus your emails, which is easily the best bit, including why no-one makes 750 sportsbikes, why Rea could become the most winningest rider ever in WSB this year, and why swapping a Daytona 955i for a Versys 650 is a good idea.
@SimonHbikes and @Mufga
Sat, 8 April 2017
Welcome to Front End Chatter 53b – made possible by www.bikesocial.co.uk; go check them out! – and it’s a special FEC dedicated to answering, or failing to answer, your emails. Topics up for Front End Chattery include:
Thank you very much for continuing to listen to our ramblings and thank you even more for contributing with your emails, thoughts and questions – all are welcome; if anything pops into your head, or if we can help, or you disagree with us, please write and tell us at:
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Fri, 31 March 2017
Welcome to Front End Chatter Episode 53a, powered yet again by our friends at www.bikesocial.co.uk – and yes, it’s the first of two FECs; 53b will be along shortly. Or at least soon.
In the meantime, feast your ears on the will they, won’t they two-wheeled soap opera of Qatar MotoGP – including:
We also say farewell to Sir John Surtees, have a quick tour around Suzuki’s new and rather wonderful V-Strom 650, the less new and less wonderful V-Strom, and chatter about the launch of the least powerful, least torquey, most heavieriest and most expensive Yamaha R6 ever which neither Martin or Simon attended, but about which they have an opinion anyway. Typical.
Thanks for listening, your emails will be answered in FEC53b, and please please please get in touch via:
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Chatter again soon!
Wed, 15 March 2017
Welcome to Front End Chatter, episode 52 – and it’s a very special episode of Britain’s least regular but much-loved motorcycling podcast because this is the first to be brought to you by the lovely people at
Front End Chatter is a podcast spoken at length by us, a right pair of motorcycle writers called Martin Fitz-Gibbons and Simon Hargreaves, and we chatter about every and any subject with two wheels and an engine: racing, news, new bikes, old bikes, and the issues that effect you, me and him (like what bike should you get next, how to ride, what kit to wear, and generally why things are the way they are). We don’t know all the answers (in fact we hardly know any of them) but we now people who do.
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And if you’re a Bike Socialist, it means FEC will be brightening-up your browsing experience. We may even have a few other bits and bobs about the place after a while.
This episode may contain nuts:
• World Superbike, on the other hand, is underway and the burning question is: can the WSB racing from Thailand live up to the craziness of the opening Supersport 600 race from Phillip Island a few weeks ago?
• more news on the Honda Africa Twin heated grip saga
• The best waterproof textile jacket and trouser combo for £400, with buying advice help from www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk
• why covering your bike in aftermarket tat isn’t the smartest idea
• why photochromic visors don’t go black faced with car headlights (it’s obvious)
• your five dream bikes
• why MotoGP bikes don’t have vacuum die-cast frames. Or do they?
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Sat, 4 March 2017
Say hello to Front End Chatter Episode 51, a numerically insignificant episode that nonetheless contains much chatterage about:
And there’s more:
We read out your lovely emails on subjects as wide and wonderful as:
As ever, we remain humbly grateful for your continued ears. Thanking youse!
And please email firstname.lastname@example.org with whatever thoughts stray across your mind
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Thu, 9 February 2017
Welcome to Front End Chatter Episode 50 – yes, you’re not imagining it, it’s really real, and only a week after Episode 49.
Anyway, with next to no racing to chatter about, we’ve finally got round to answering all your emails (at least, the ones that had a question) – some from as far back as last September; sorry about that.
Thanks for enduring this one – it’s a monster – and look forward to some exciting news regarding Front End Chatter in the near future.
Fri, 3 February 2017
Welcome to FEC49, finally – at least in the sense it’s been a long time coming, not in the conclusive sense. And, despite no actual racing to talk about, we find enough to fill half a podcast:
• Why testing is a pointless guide to the outcome of the season, but it’s worth taking notice of because it’s some motorbikes going round a track
• Crazy new World Superbike rules
• How BSB should fill a Supersport-sized gap with naked bikes and Moto2
• Who will be the busiest Aussie racer in 2017
• Why this year’s TT will be the best ever
• What that crazy Guy Martin has been saying about his TT comeback and why modern bikes are rubbish
PLUS! We have a few mini-reviews of some 2017 bikes, including:
Thank you for bearing with us always, please keep emails coming, and we’ll read them out in FEC50...
...WHICH WE’RE RECORDING NEXT WEEK, WE PROMISE!
Thu, 17 November 2016
Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter E48, which you'll be pleased to hear has no racing at all apart from a brief discussion about the merits of being called Danny Kent but not actually coming from Kent, unlike Danny Webb who does come from Kent.
Thanks for listening, hope you like it, and see you at Motorcycle Live at the NEC.
Tue, 8 November 2016
Hello and welcome back to Front End Chatter E47 - it's been a while, so we've come back with an episode purely about racing – who's won what, why, how, and what will happen next year – and we introduce a new word to the English language: disrespeculation.
Thanks for bearing with us – more episodes will follow soon, about 2017 new bikes, and reading your emails and answering your questions.
Thu, 18 August 2016
Welcome to Part Two of FEC's Summer Special, featuring your emails and assorted chatter about:
• the ethics of washing bikes and bikinis
• the truth about new tyres
• how best to listen to music while riding
• is the future electric?
• have electronics spoiled racing?
• is Ducati's new Supersport a Monster in drag with the wrong engine?
• what's the best adventure bike for a tall Hamburger?
• why buying a Crossrunner is a good, good, good thing
• why sportsbikes might not be the best idea for people with little self-control
• what's the best bike to strap to the back of a motorhome?