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Butts in seats make the racers go ‘round: Behind the main Grandstand at the start/finish line.
Butts in seats make the racers go ‘round: Behind the main Grandstand at the start/finish line. (BMW Group/)

“There’s nowhere in the world like the Isle of Man TT.”

–2022 Winner Peter Hickman

You can’t argue with the man on that point. While time, shifting attitudes and riding technology have marched on, the Isle of Man TT is largely unchanged, at least in terms of the 37.55 mile course itself. The race is run much differently than when Giacomo Agostini famously boycotted the race in 1972 after the death of his friend Gilberto Parlotti, with the circuit eventually being dropped from the Grand Prix schedule in 1977. Professional racers no longer have to face the mountain course to keep their job. The “amatuer” status of IoM TT entrants saved the event, really. Winning the IoM TT earns you a pittance of a purse, around £18,000. But the reward can’t be measured in money. It’s not a task for the career-oriented. It’s an obsession for dreamers and the slightly insane.

By now the ink has dried on much of the post-2022 Isle of Man TT reaction. It’s worth more than a short pause to consider a sporting event that took the lives of five contestants. Maybe longer than the 20 minutes IoM TT officials took before resuming prize ceremonies after the announcement of the death of sidecar racers Roger and Bradley Stockton, whose deaths were the fourth and fifth fatalities in this year’s event, the highest death toll since 1989.

Boosters of the sport will talk of racers being clear-eyed about the risks and rewards. And that’s true, of the racers themselves. But for race organizers and the 85,000 or so residents of this self-governed 221-square mile British island, risk and reward means something different. Their “risk” is that the event won’t bring in £37M in needed revenue, as it did in 2019, the last event before Covid interrupted the event. Their “reward” is the thrill of the event itself, but more accurately, the thousands of tourists who bring the above mentioned revenue to local business and island treasury. It means financial survival.

Though they face differing equations and answers to risk and reward ratios, the responses of organizers and racers to event fatalities are the same. They pause briefly, then resume their quest. They offer the same consolations and bromides they always do, then carry on out of necessity. All the hand-wringing and pearl-clutching in the world won’t bring back the dead, and it misses the point.

Whether the race is canceled isn’t really up to most of the participants, whether they’re racers or event workers. Racers won’t stop coming to the island to race, and race organizers won’t stop organizing the race until it becomes financially unsustainable. Meditations on mortality won’t help either party. It won’t help racers successfully thread their way through Ballagerey, and it won’t help race organizers manage airlifts to mainland ER’s for the wounded. Neither can properly do their job while mourning. So they don’t, for as long as the track is live. Afterwards, it’s up to them.

If you think this is a condemnation of the Isle of Man TT, you’re wrong. The race should go on for as long as legally allowed. It’s a triumph of human skill, luck and nerves over death, at least temporarily. To end the tradition would silence a tiny part of ourselves. The world needs these small terrible freedoms. Would you have asked Marc-Andre Leclerc to stop free-climbing alpine mountains? Would banning free-climbing stop climbers from attempting the improbable? Obviously not. Nor should it.

To us, the people who watch, the riders who perish should be worth more than brief moments of awkward silence or well-worn clichés. If we choose to keep watching, we should absolutely and completely acknowledge what we might see happen. Without spectators, there is by definition no spectacle. It’s up to us whether the IoM TT goes on. But our spectacle is more than just spectacle. It’s a race like no other on Earth, one where entrants regularly die. A hunter knows how he got his meat. It’s a celebration of life that takes place next to death.

Peter Hickman won the 2022 Isle of Man TT Supersport title. He did it by averaging 129.432 mph for the race overall, and 132.274 mph on his final lap, aboard his Gas Monkey Garage by FHO Racing BMW. In addition to the Senior TT, Hickman also won the Supertwin, Superstock and Superbike classes. It was his 2nd Senior TT victory, and the four overall 2022 victories make for a total of nine victories across several classes.

His qualifying efforts foreshadowed his wins. On Thursday, the fifth day of

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By: Anders T. Carlson
Title: The 2022 Isle of Man TT: Some Thoughts
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/news/should-isle-of-man-tt-race-continue-editorial-perspective/
Published Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 10:00:03 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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