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Old 10-15-2018, 01:31 PM   #1
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Left me pondering what drives (no pun intended) someone to engage in such extremes and put their body through such punishment.

Guess it gives the doctors a challenge and helps medical science come up with new procedures/techniques so that has to be some consolation.

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the isle of man bikes seem to defy the laws of physics the way they lean so far at such speeds. and so often air borne.

the riders ARE insane for risking their bodies at such a breakneck endeavor !
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The TT is an epic life experience that every real motorcyclist should attend at least once in their lifetime. We made some great friends there, and I would retire there if we could get retirement visas for it.

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We rented a Ducati and rode the course at about half of race pace (no more than about 100 mph) two-up, during practice week. It is a great course.

There are no speed limits on the Isle of Man outside of town, but they drive on the wrong side of the road there, so you gotta pay attention.

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When visiting the TT, it is important to go through the pits sooner than later. Not everyone will be there by the end of race week. Five riders died while we were there:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...rse_fatalities

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the isle of man bikes seem to defy the laws of physics the way they lean so far at such speeds. and so often air borne.
They actually don't lean over as far as sprint racers do. They're using harder tires that offer less traction than the types of tires that would typically be used in sprint racing. The big bikes are getting two laps (over 75 miles) out of each rear tire. There's no way you could get 75 miles out of a rear tire in sprint racing.

Yes, they do go airborne. One of the best places to watch from, is the Ballaugh Bridge Jump. My wife and I think the best viewing location is across the street from The Raven pub.

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They're not insane, and they're not dare-devils. The risks are huge, as are the potential consequences, but it is a very carefully calculated risk. Fear effects the riders as much as it would effects any sane person. Some riders throw up before they go out. They'll abort a lap if things aren't going well. Sometimes they decide not to go out at all. In Liam Beckett's interview in the 2014 Isle of Man TT documentary "Road" (narrated by Liam Neeson), he relates a conversation he had with Robert Dunlop, after seeing Robert's knees shaking prior to going out. Robert explained that the reward just barely outweighed the risk.

If you haven't seen the film, you should. It features the Late Joey Dunlop (killed in 2000), Joey's brother, the late Robert Dunlop (killed in 2008), and Robert's two sons, William Dunlop (killed this year) and Michael Dunlop.

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