Sun, 25 January 2015
Episode 24 of Front End Chatter does not, sadly, contain Kiefer Sutherland defending the world from a series of increasingly improbable terrorists. Instead, Simon and Martin discuss:
- The two-week, 5000-mile Dakar Rally compressed into 10 minutes
- A pre-pre-season preview, as MotoGP prepares to start testing, World Superbikes prepares to start racing, and the internet prepares to start using the c-word about Casey Stoner
- Why the 2015 Isle of Man TT has turned into the world's fastest group test (and why a Kawasaki H2R might appear after all...)
- Why things are looking up if you're in the business of selling motorcycles
- The Frankenbikes we would build given an imaginary angle grinder and welder
- The events to get in your 2015 diary, from London to Barcelona to Coventry
And finally, to find out if reports of Superbike magazine's death have been greatly exaggerated, we speak to editor John Hogan (@JohnatSuperBike) about the title's past, present and future.
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Mon, 12 January 2015
The first Front End Chatter of 2015 covers such diverse subjects as:
- Simon enters a race through a village on his FireBlade, only to find out that's it's not really a race.
- The first (and last) Front End Chatter 2014 Manufacturer Countdown, pop-pickers.
- Listeners' problems solved (or at least answered), from trials clubs to tourism advice.
- Does racing sell road bikes?
- Do tall-rounders make sportsbikes look silly?
Plus, Front End Chatter's off-road correspondent JP (@Jonpe23) returns to discuss the ins, outs and upside-downs of the Dakar Rally, including:
- Who nearly didn't even make the start line this year.
- What the words "mousse", "liason" and "fesh-fesh" mean.
- Why you don't necessarily want to finish first (but to finish first, first you have to finish...)
- Was the Dakar better when it actually went to Dakar?
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