Sun, 21 December 2014
This year's final episode of Britain's best biking podcast comes to you from the jungle... no, Andorra... no, Benidorm. And Sicily.
In this hour-and-a-bit, Ant and Dec - sorry, Simon and Martin - cover:
- Is Britain officially in love with Foggy once again (the stats suggest so), or did he just surf a wave of cult nostalgia (the stats suggest so...)?
- Marquez moves out of his parents' house, cries, then proves he's the greatest rider on the planet even in the off-season. Plus, a review of his new biography.
- Reports from the launches of the new BMW R1200R (a simple bike that's incredibly high-tech), Kawasaki Versys 650 (the small bike trying to be a big bike) and Versys 1000 (the adventure bike that wasn't really an adventure bike and definitely isn't an adventure bike any more).
- Front End Chatter discovers what it's like to ride a Kawasaki H2.
- Plus your emails answered, some light bickering, and much more.
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Thank you very much, and we'll be back in 2015.
Sat, 6 December 2014
Welcome to Front End Chatter episode 21 v2.0 (apparently the dog ate episode 21 v1.0). This week Martin and Simon visit Motorcycle Live and wave a microphone at Kawasaki’s H2R, use the word ‘artisan’ twice, dissect Carl Fogarty MBE’s stellar performance on a reality TV show and whether drinking a puréed kangaroo testicle really is tougher than winning four World Superbike titles, discuss air-bag protection, lament the passing of the thrust curve, and Simon reveals how talking out loud while you’re riding, recording it and putting on YouTube is problematic. But only to him.
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*if you’re only interested in the Carl Fogarty bit – and who can blame you? – it starts around 42m 30s.
Fri, 14 November 2014
Front End Chatter, Britain's best (and original) biking podcast celebrates its vigintennial anniversary by remembering about the good old days. Actually, it doesn't. Instead, it gets totally lost in the seemingly bottomless pool of brand new bikes and their impenetrable acronyms. Opinion and analysis abounds, including attempting (or not) to answer:
- Might Kawasaki's new H2 be a tiny weeny bit of a porker?
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Thanks very much.
Sun, 26 October 2014
Front End Chatter, Britain's best (and original) biking podcast, returns for an hour of fun and games (literally) including:
- What Ducati's latest high-tech acronym actually does
Plus all the usual talk about racing, your emails and plenty more too.
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Fri, 17 October 2014
Britain's best and... hang on, have to stop you there. Anyway, this week's/month's/insert-random-time-interval's episode of Front End Chatter is all about new bikes – Kawasaki's supercharged H2R, BMW's S1000RR and R1200RS, Suzuki's GSX-S1000F and Ducati's Hipster, sorry, Scrambler – and a newly-crowned MotoGP Wold Champ, which is like a World Champ only from Lincolnshire, not Spain. There's some other stuff too. We hope you enjoy it, and please spread the word, subscribe via iTunes or an Android thing, leave a review, or Tweet us at @SimonHbikes and @Mufga (or get Simon on FB, but not Martin).
Fri, 12 September 2014
Front End Chatter, the UK's finest biking podcast, goes all supercharged this week, in honour of Kawasaki's much rumoured, substantially teased and probably very exciting new sportsbike, the H2 (although it turns out your level of excitement depends on your promiscuity, gullibility and general willingness to indulge in fantasy). We also talk about the other noteworthy 2015 bikes likely to debut at the forthcoming Intermot bike show in Cologne, why sportsbikes may or may not be making a comeback, a bit of MotoGP chat, why Donington is nicer than Silverstone (apart from the toilets), and take a serious moment to discuss the ethics of watching bike crash videos on Youtube.
From physics to metaphysics, only in Britain's favourite biking podcast.
Mon, 1 September 2014
Welcome to Front End Chatter episode 16, brought to you live, in the sense we're breathing, from Silverstone MotoGP – or is it?
Wed, 27 August 2014
Front End Chatter hits the big one-five chattering about Marc Marquez crashing (or not), new bike news including Suzuki's big naked, Yamaha's semi-naked and BMW's wish-it-was-completely-obscured, why Welsh taxpayers may end up paying Silverstone (not in Wales) to host a Grand Prix in 2015, and lots more ill-informed chit-chat about this and that on two wheels (guaranteed to drive anyone who knows anything about bikes to distraction). We hope you like it, but have sympathy with those who don't.
Mon, 4 August 2014
If you like quantity over quality, then the longest-ever episode of Front End Chatter, Britain's best (and only) biking podcast is for you.
Simon and Martin return with nearly 90 minutes of words, covering:
- Cal Crutchlow's last-minute change of heart. And employer
Sat, 26 July 2014
After two months of radio (or, indeed, not-radio) silence, Britain's best (and only) biking podcast is back with episode 13. But what happened to episode 12, you ask? You'll have to listen to find out...
Front End Chatter #13 also covers:
- Who's going (or staying) where in MotoGP, and should they?
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Sun, 8 June 2014
Front End Chatter episode 11 is here and contains, for your aural pleasure, Simon and Martin chattering about the following:
Sun, 25 May 2014
The tenth episode of Britain's best (and only) biking podcast is bursting with astounding revelations, such as:
- Marc Márquez isn't the fastest rider in MotoGP
- Bike racing isn't the same as football
- One city has more bikes than the whole of Europe
- Two genuinely interesting electric bikes are launched in the same week
- Ducati make lots of money by selling very expensive sportsbikes
And some other stuff too.
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Wed, 14 May 2014
After a two-week hiatus (that's a posh word for slacking off), Britain's best (and still only) biking podcast is back to cover all the goings on, in, over and under the two-wheeled world.
There's talk about whether MotoGP's getting dull now Marquez has won every race (it isn't); how long Marquez can win every race for (not long... probably); and whether we should all be watching World Superbikes instead (we aren't, but why not?)
Then there's stuff about a bike with a small-capacity engine (Yamaha's MT-125), a bike with a big-capacity engine (BMW's S1000R) and a bike with a zero-capacity engine (BMW's C evolution).
All that plus Martin busts an MOT myth, and Simon talks about his helmet.
If any of this makes you want to say something, you're welcome to say it to firstname.lastname@example.org, @Mufga and @SimonHbikes
Oh, and thank you.
Sun, 27 April 2014
The eighth episode of Britain's best (and only) biking podcast spreads its wings wider than ever, with irreverent (who said irrelevant?) discussion of road bikes' past (Kawasaki's KR-1, which Simon has just ridden), present (Suzuki's GSX1250FA, which Martin has just ridden) and future (electric bikes, and does anybody want to ride them?).
There's also the usual racing rambling, including our attempt to work out a religious building based heirarchy for circuits around the world. And Front End Chatter welcomes its first studio guest, www.dirtbikesportnews.com editor Jonathan Pearson. Fresh from winning at Britain's toughest enduro, he explains how to use other riders as grip...
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Sat, 19 April 2014
Welcome to Front End Chatter, Britain's best (and only) biking podcast. In this week's shambles of an episode, the gun-slinging Magnificent Seventh, Martin and Simon chatter about last weekend's stunning (or not) MotoGP race from Texas, interviewing TT racers (or not), putting the entire Japanese motorcycle industry to rights (or not), a new, road legal, two-stroke V4 (or not), why Honda's new CB650F isn't very good (or not; neither of us have ridden it).
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Sat, 12 April 2014
In the sixth episode of Front End Chatter, Britain's best (and still only) biking podcast, Simon and Martin look back at the fact-filled career of Colin Edwards, preview this weekend's racing action in both Texas and Aragon, explore Simon's mid-biking-life crisis at the Yamaha Off-Road Experience, and discuss the stark differences between BMW's new R1200RT (which Simon has ridden, but didn't realise) and Honda's not-so-new VFR800 (which neither of us have ridden). Plus, our tribute to Massimo Tamburini and why his legacy deserves to be far greater than two gorgeous bikes, even if they weren't quite so lovely to ride...
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Thanks again, and moo.
Mon, 31 March 2014
In the fifth episode of Front End Chatter - still Britain's best (and only) biking podcast - Simon and Martin discuss the opening MotoGP race from Qatar, new bike news, riding a pair of new V-twins in the shape of Ducati's Diavel and Erik Buell's new EBR 1190RX sportsbike, plus some other stuff including a review of James Toseland's new album.
We hope you like it, despite a passing jet about halfway through.
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Sat, 22 March 2014
After the naive first episode, a difficult number two, the critically panned and self-indulgent third episode, Front End Chatter, the UK's best (and only) biking podcast, returns after a week away with a stream-lined, sleek, punchy fourth episode: FEC the 4th.
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Sun, 9 March 2014
In the critically panned third episode of Front End Chatter (the UK’s best, and only, biking podcast), motorcycle journalists Simon and Martin road test Yamaha’s new MT-07 and talk about Ducati’s new Diavel. Plus, there’s gossip about ludicrous last-minute MotoGP rule changes, the re-opening of Mallory Park and bike manufacturer’s sales figures.
FEC E03 also features a special Guess-The-Engine competition (with the chance to win a Front End Chatter mug. Or two) and a musical interlude during which a cocktail of high-calorie refreshments will be available in the foyer.
Podcast also available on iTunes and at www.frontendchatter.com
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Fri, 28 February 2014
In the difficult second episode of Britain's best (and only) biking podcast, Martin and Simon discuss the World Superbike racing from Phillip Island and interview Voltcom Crescent Suzuki boss Paul Denning, discuss MotoGP test times and 'a bit of politics' from Sepang, Simon gets hot under the collar about BMW's S1000F (whether it exists or not) and gets a completely noncommittal answer from BMW themselves. Plus Yamaha’s new Super Ténéré, what Martin and Simon really think about BMW’s R1200GS, Martin’s knees and Simon’s empty stomach.
Sun, 23 February 2014
In the very first episode of Britain's best (and only) biking podcast, we discuss the new Yamaha MT-07 (which we haven't actually ridden yet) as well as the Ducati Monster 1200S and MV Agusta Dragster (which we have); analyse BT Sport's new MotoGP presenter line-up while trying to work out what it takes to watch it on TV; look at supercharging, including who's likely to do it, who's already doing it and who did it ten years ago; and Simon explains why he's bought a 1996 Honda FireBlade.