Isle Of Man TT – MHKS Fri, 04 Jun 2021 18:55:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Isle Of Man TT – MHKS 32 32 Roads: Mick Grant’s Heron Suzuki XR69 to be auctioned Fri, 04 Jun 2021 10:34:00 +0000

Mick Grant’s Suzuki XR69 Heron


Road racing fans will have the opportunity to bid on Mick Grant North West’s Heron Suzuki XR69 200 later this month.

The original and vintage Suzuki XR69 motorcycle will be auctioned on June 20 and has a guide price of £ 95,000 to £ 110,000. Historians believe this example is one of three XR69s known to still exist and the actual machine that Grant won the North West 200 on in 1982.

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Grant received this bike as a gift from Suzuki when he retired from racing in 1985. The bike is exactly as he received it, wearing his Heron Suzuki Works racing colors and Mick’s number 10 racing medallion. .

Since receiving the XR69, Grant has demonstrated it at Spa and won a race on it in the South Africa Classic TT. The seven-time Isle of Man TT winner and sells it due to lack of use. More recently it has been a major attraction at the Motorcycle Museum on the Isle of Man.

Grant thinks there are only a handful of people who have cycled, including himself and Alan Cathcart. “This XR69 is still a nice machine and has been well maintained to keep me enjoying it on the track,” Grant said. “Every nut, bolt and washer is as it was in 1985, which means it’s very original. This is very rare for a racing bike that usually ends up evolving over time, losing its special parts and patina.

“It’s still as fresh as when I raced it. On this bike I had lap records and second places on the Isle of Man. I won the North West 200 there, set the lap record. at Donington Park and finished second in the Macau GP Lots of great memories but it’s time for someone else to take advantage.

This factory XR69 still wears its vintage and original Heron Suzuki livery, studded with stone chips and slight scuffs from its successful and documented track career. Unusually for a racing machine, it stays exactly as it ran in the last race and retains its dry clutch, rare triple barrel magnesium carburetors, hand-finished billet forks and twin spark plugs. .

The bike also retains all the logos of its original sponsors, including Team Heron Suzuki, Shell Oil, Champion, Dunlop and Sonic Intercoms.

Grant, who also had three Grand Prix wins in the mid-1970s, will provide a small cache of spare parts he collected for the machine and can sign the tanks and include a set of his leathers if the expected figure is of around £ 90,000. is accomplished.

the auction for Grant’s XR69 will debut June 20 and there will be no buyer fees to the winner.

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Hickman comments on on-board footage of current Isle of Man TT round record Fri, 04 Jun 2021 04:35:06 +0000

TT fans can still get their fix of road racing on what would have been TT’s first day of racing with an event at the Broadway Cinema in Douglas.

“Not the TT 2021” will feature an unreleased film by Peter Hickman commenting on on-board footage of the current TT lap record he set in the sixth round of the Senior TT in 2018 – 16m 42,778s.

Hickman will talk about what went through his mind during the lap, as well as how he tackles certain sections of the famous Mountain Course.

The second part of the show, which takes place on Saturday June 5 at 11 a.m., features one of the most famous names in road racing of the 80s and 90s.

Dave Leach, four-time TT winner and 17-time Southern 100 winner, will speak with ITV Isle of Man TT commentator Dave Moore to discuss his career.

Profits from the event will be donated to the Manx Solidarity Fund, which provides financial support to individuals, businesses and charities that have suffered financially as a result of the Covid pandemic.

Tickets for the ‘Not the TT 2021’ are priced at £ 10 and can be booked through the Villa Marina website.

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A rare pre-WWI motorcycle will be exhibited at the future TT Gallery Tue, 01 Jun 2021 06:33:00 +0000

A rare TT motorcycle from before WWI is expected to be on display at the future TT Gallery at the Manx Museum.

Manx National Heritage claims that the AJS 350cc built in 1913 was one of the few pre-war surviving British racing machines and was owned by Billy Jones of Wrexham, who competed with her in the 1914 Junior TT finishing in the fourth place.

Matthew Richardson, Manx National Heritage Curator for Social History, says: “The pre-WWI Isle of Man racing era was one of the most interesting in the history of motorsport on the island. The pilots were true pioneers, with no real protective gear, with primitive brakes and on roads made up in many places of little more than gravel or rutted cart tracks.

“This 1913 AJS perfectly captures the spirit of that era, and we are extremely grateful to the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust for their support in helping MNH acquire the machine for the collection of the Isle of Man National Museum.”

The bike was owned by a private collector in the south of England and was acquired on behalf of Manx National Heritage by the British Motorcycle Charitable Trust.

Meanwhile, the new TT Gallery, which will retrace the history of the great races from 1907 to the present day, is expected to open next year.

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Fully functional 1940s Tri-Van appears at Lakeland Motor Museum Sun, 30 May 2021 16:00:00 +0000

A 1940s light delivery vehicle – known as the “ Tri-van ” – has been restored to perfect working order and holds pride of place in the Lakeland Motor Museum.

This is the only surviving example of the 1949 Tri-Van, designed to combine the storage capacity of a small pickup truck with the low running costs of a motorcycle for small parcel deliveries and pickups.

VINTAGE: The Tri-Van also acted as such an efficient taxi (Le LDV 1950)

Originally built by Turner Manufacturing Ltd of Wolverhampton – but sold under the brand name Light Delivery Vehicles – the museum bought the vehicle at auction and had it restored locally.

The Tri-Van was rebuilt in Greenodd and repainted in Ambleside.

It has a 168cc two-stroke engine and a three-speed gearbox.

Bill Bewley, Director of the Lakeland Motor Museum, says: “One of the strengths of our collection has always been the wide range of more unusual or unique items, like the Tri-Van.

“It really is something that cannot be seen anywhere else and that helps bring a slice of our history and heritage back to life.

“Although we don’t have specific plans for driving the Tri-Van on the road, it is in perfect working order and could potentially be used on public roads.

ENGINE: The parts of the Tri-Van (The LDV 1950)

ENGINE: The parts of the Tri-Van (The LDV 1950)

“It would definitely be a sight for sore eyes!”

Chris Lowe, director of the museum, adds: “The Tri-Van is one of a trio of vehicles, which also included a ‘By-van’ model and a Rixi model that can accommodate two passengers.

“Together they traveled 2,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 1950, but to our knowledge very few have been sold.

“We would love to hear from anyone who has any recollections of the vehicles or who originally worked on them.”

This unusual vehicle is part of a unique collection of 30,000 parts, including 150 classic cars and motorcycles, all carefully assembled over 60 years.

Key exhibits include the Isle of Man TT Tribute Exhibit and the Campbell Bluebird Exhibit.

With the museum now reopened to the public, people can book their tours of the Lakeland Motor Museum for the spring and summer, with online tickets currently available between May 17 and August 31, 2021 at: uk

Individuals and their bubble groups should book their visit in advance, and entry times will be staggered at 15-minute intervals to ensure social distancing is respected.

The museum welcomes returning visitors to see their new collection of vintage and high class machines and vehicles.

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Runner Lee Johnston scores two wins at Oliver’s Mount Sun, 30 May 2021 06:02:06 +0000

Lee Johnston returned to the top of a road racing podium this weekend, winning the Supersport 600A and Ultra Lightweight races at Oliver’s Mount in North Yorkshire.

In recent weeks the Maguiresbridge rider has focused on preparations for his track season, testing his Yamaha Ashcourt Racing ahead of the British Supersport Championship which kicks off at the end of June, but he took advantage of a rare road racing opportunity to once again showing his talents on the road.

With the road racing schedule hit hard by cancellations, and the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT among those events not running due to Covid restrictions, the Oliver’s Mount contest gave Lee a chance to return in a place that has been beneficial to him. in the past, and he’s had racing victories aboard two different bikes.

Lee was in action with his familiar Yamaha Ashcourt Racing for the Supersport A race where he dominated the event, capitalizing on the crash of main rival Dean Harrison to secure a convincing victory.

After qualifying in fourth place, he won the race in the opening race on Saturday, quickly taking the lead and edging his rivals to take the checkered flag with 2.3 seconds ahead of his closest. challenger.

An immediate advance

In Sunday’s race he was the fastest out of the line to take an immediate lead past Dean Harrison, and by the end of the first lap he had extended his advantage to two seconds.

Johnston continued to extend his advantage over Harrison and the pursuit squad, and looked set for victory even before Harrison reached the ground in the third lap.

With four laps to go, the lead was up to ten seconds, and although Lee relaxed in the later stages of the race, he managed to manage his lead, eventually crossing the line with almost three seconds left. ahead of Dominic Herbertson’s Kawasaki.

Lee was also competing in the Ultra Lightweight class on a Honda 250cc, and he was chasing Joey Thompson at the start of the first race.

With two laps to go, he took the lead and took the lead to finally triumph by more than six seconds over Richie Welsh’s Yamaha.

The second Ultra Lightweight race the next day seemed like another battle between Johnston and Thompson, but Lee retired early and then failed to add to his winning tally as he was also unable to take the grid in the spring finale. Cup Trophy.

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Yamaha stunt rider and Isle of Man TT Pro Back Road Safety Campaign Fri, 28 May 2021 13:04:04 +0000

YAMAHA stunt rider Dave Coats and Isle of Man TT pro John McGuinness are helping Northumbria Police and Road Respect keep cyclists safe on the region’s roads this cycling season.

Shocking figures reveal that 17% of motorcyclists are killed or seriously injured on our roads and the two motorcycle professionals, along with the police, help educate motorcyclists on how to ride safely.

They provided videos to promote a regional road safety campaign, as part of Global Road Safety Week, and motorcycle garages, Ian Bell Yamaha Bedlington and Vertu BMW Boldon, loaned bikes for the shoot.

Traffic Safety Sgt. Jane Munro believes that road safety is an indefinite campaign and that no one should get complacent on our roads.

Sgt Munro said, “We are very grateful to John and Dave for their support as it gives a strong message that the safety of motorcyclists is paramount.

“The police can share these messages of course, but I think when they come from such respected icons in the cycling community, it resonates more with the people we are trying to get the messages to.

“It’s not just a two week campaign for us. Road safety is a message throughout the year that we would like to get across to all runners and will continue to do so throughout the year.

“We want to make sure that all motorcyclists learn to ride safely. It’s a frightening statistic that 69% of motorcycle crashes are caused by inexperience.

“It is also very important to perform the correct maintenance on your vehicle and to make sure that the correct safety equipment is worn.

“We live in a beautiful part of the country with many areas that attract motorcyclists because of the scenic roads and scenic views along the way.

“We want people to enjoy and ride safely, but to be able to recognize some of the dangers they may face when riding a motorcycle, wherever they ride, in order to reduce the number. of road injuries and fatalities.

“It is also a message to other road users to be vigilant around motorcyclists on our roads and to look once, to look twice and to think cycling.”

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The force’s motorized patrol teams worked in conjunction with Road Respect, part of the Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative (NSRI), to help promote road safety in the cycling community and reduce the number of collisions on the roads of the region.

This initiative is part of World Road Safety Week, an initiative to raise awareness and ensure the safety of road users.

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For more information on road safety, follow @NPRoadSafety on Twitter or search for Road Respect online.

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Registration open for Gran Fondo Isle of Man Thu, 27 May 2021 15:02:00 +0000

First time IOM will be part of the World Series

Registrations are now open for the Gran Fondo Isle of Man, which will be part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series this year for the very first time.

The two-day event takes place September 4-5 and allows cyclists of all ages and skill levels to challenge each other on closed roads.

The first day will open with a brand new UCI individual time trial which will see cyclists take on the 400m Snaefell Mountain on the TT circuit.

Saturday afternoon will host the free Isle of Man Minisculo Fondo Creamery; a family-friendly event, held on a half-mile circuit in and around Ramsey’s Mooragh Park, open to children, families and first-timers, with participants completing as many laps as they want in an hour of driving.

The action kick-off on Sunday will be the main Gran Fondo event, where competitors will have the chance to win the right to represent their country at the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Bosnia and Herzegovina in October.

The 137km route includes over 1900m of climbing, as it circles some of the most difficult terrain on the Isle of Man.

The runners will have to overcome uneven of more than 25% in the climbs, several technical descents as well as a gravel section of 2 km to make their way on the layout of the closed roads.

The 72 km Medio Fondo and the 32 km Piccolo Fondo will run at the same time as the Gran Fondo.

The Medio Fondo is aimed at amateur cyclists who want to test themselves a little more and offers one of the most difficult climbs on the island – as well as one of its best descents – offering riders the perfect balance between effort and reward.

Intended for families and beginners, the Piccolo Fondo will cross the flatter agricultural lands of the northern plains of the island, through a patchwork of small villages and church steeples, in the middle of fields and flowered hedges.

Registration for all Gran Fondo Isle of Man events is now open, Click here to know more.

Places are limited and participants are asked to enter early to avoid disappointment.

2021 Gran Fondo Isle of Man presented by PokerStars Schedule

Saturday September 4th

10am UCI individual time trial (UCIGFWS qualifying event) – £ 20
3 p.m. Isle of Man Creamery Minisculo Fondo – Free

Sunday September 5th

9:30 am Gran Fondo (UCIGFWS qualifying event) – £ 50
9.45am Medio Fondo – £ 30
10am Piccolo Fondo – £ 20

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Armoy Clerk of Course Bill Kennedy in tribute to former Joey Dunlop mechanic Jackie Graham Wed, 26 May 2021 17:36:13 +0000

Mr. Graham – a cousin of Joey – worked on the Isle of Man TT winner’s motorcycles 26 times early in the Ballymoney rider’s burgeoning career.

His son, Sammy, also later became an integral part of Joey’s team and as a trusted mechanic and close friend as the Ulster pilot broke countless records and made history at the TT.

Kennedy told the News Letter yesterday: “Jackie would have hampered Joey’s motorcycles early in his career.

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Jackie Graham (left) and son Sammy, both mechanics for legendary Ulster road racer Joey Dunlop.  Image capture: Gavan Caldwell.

Jackie Graham (left) and son Sammy, both mechanics for legendary Ulster road racer Joey Dunlop. Image capture: Gavan Caldwell.

“He was always with Joey when he rode for Honda early and went to TT with him, but he couldn’t devote his time to Joey all of his time due to his professional and other commitments.

“But he was a very maneuverable man and a fantastic engineer – he could have made anything for you and he was very familiar with engines,” Kennedy added.

“I was actually with Jackie not long ago in the middle of winter and he was building a tricycle so he was still working on things even in the later stages of his life.

“His son Sammy then went on to work as a mechanic at Joey as well and in fact Sammy did a bit of racing himself for a while on a bike he bought from Joey.

“This is sad news and I extend my condolences to Jackie’s wife, Sally, and her children.

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A Porsche 917K delivered in the Gulf goes up for auction at RM Sotheby’s Tue, 25 May 2021 02:59:00 +0000

Pray for silence please, for the Gulf liveries Porsche 917K that David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood raced at the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans is going to be up for auction. The estimate? Somewhere between $ 16 and $ 18.5 million. (P769-890 million)

The 917K was of course introduced in 1970 after drivers found the original 917 to be nearly impossible to drive at high speeds. K for Kurzheck, which is German for “short tail”.

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Now this 917K (chassis # 26 and carrying race # 22) was one of three cars entered by JW Automotive Engineering at Le Mans in 1970. All three were dressed in that light blue and Gulf orange livery, but no .22 was unique in having an all orange roof as opposed to the simple strip of the other cars. It also used the smaller (and more reliable) 4.5-liter flatbed 4.5-liter engine, while the other two used the enlarged 4.9-liter unit.

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Hobbs and Isle of Man TT legend Hailwood completed 49 laps before Hailwood hydroplaned and crashed. In fact, the weather was so bad at La Sarthe that year, only seven cars technically finished the race. Porsche, however, took its first victory at Le Mans thanks to the red and white 917K from Porsche Salzburg.

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Chassis No.26 was then rebuilt by Porsche as one of three 917 Spyders destined for the German InterSerie Championship. It was raced by private Ernst Kraus in 1971/72, before moving on to Georg Loos and his Gelo Racing Team for 1973.

It was taken out of racing in 1974, but you can also recognize this car even from the 1971 Steve McQueen film Le Mansbecause he featured heavily in the race footage. It has since had three owners, the most recent having restored the car to its coupe form and Le Mans livery.

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It will cross the block at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale in August. A little special, this one.

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Motorcycle Man: The Legendary American Motorcycle Rider Sun, 23 May 2021 15:33:00 +0000

In 1984, motorbike Pilot Dave Roper rode a Matchless G50 from 1959 to victory in the historic 500cc class on the Isle of Man TT, becoming the first American rider to win on the island.

The Isle of Man TT is recognized as the most dangerous motorcycle race in the world, killing 151 on the 37.73 mile course from 1907 to 2019. Perhaps because of the danger, but more likely attracted Through the challenge of a real street circuit in public roads, bikers flock to the small island every year in the hope of achieving victory.

And so it was in 1984 that the American runner Dave Roper put on his leathers on the island for the first time.

Making the start of the legendary 1959 Matchless G50, Roper was only too aware of the tough competition he would have to overcome if he were to claim victory in the Historic 500cc class. His biggest challenge, however, was not in the form of one of the many worthy contenders, but the hard-to-learn circuit.

The track with its fast Sulby Straight, where modern Superbikes spin at over 200 mph, and the spooky garden walls that leave no room for error, is unforgiving. Unlike purpose-built racetracks, there is no runoff, no soft gravel trap to cushion your fall. If you want to be fast on the island, you have to be precise and in control.

And once you can sort of remember the sequence of the turns, you meet your running mates, many of whom consider their home.

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The Race That Made Motorcycle Man America’s Legendary Rider

Motorcycle man Dave Roper

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For the historic 500cc race of 1984, Dave Roper and his 1959 Matchless G50 faced stiff competition from salty racers such as Ray Knight riding Triumph, with 80 starts on the Isle of Man at its assets. Along the way he managed to secure a victory in the 1968 production TT and win 17 aftershocks in classes ranging from lightweight to senior.

In stark contrast, Roper, who competed in his first race on Memorial Day in 1972, had no racing laps under his belt on the Isle of Man and could barely find his way down the tortuous track without a map. But give a motorcycle racer a turn and he’ll soon find the fastest line – chain a few and you’ve got a turn. And that’s exactly what Dave Roper did on the Isle of Man in 1984.

Phaseless to the task ahead, Roper stepped out and did what he did best: ride a clean, fast race bike. While no lap on the “Mountain” will ever be the perfect lap, the Matchless has never missed a beat and Roper has never put a wheel wrong.

This stellar performance from the Isle of Man rookie TT not only led him to victory with an average speed of 96.11 mph on the race, but also etched his name in the history books with a record breaking record. of the historic 500cc tour of 97.21 mph. Achieving this remarkable feat, Roper beat Ian Lougher, on a similar Matchless G50, in second place and posted an average lap speed almost 8 mph faster than Ray Knight in fourth place.

What makes Roper’s achievement even more remarkable is that of the 25 starters, only 13 finished the race.

While victory in the historic 500cc Isle of Man race in 1984 was sweet and perhaps even instrumental in raising awareness of vintage motorcycle racing in America, for Roper it was all part of his passion for motorcycle racing.

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The Motorcycle Man documents the legendary American motorcycle racer

The Motorcycle Man and the Matchless Nude

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As Roper approaches the age of 70, Daniel Lovering and Bagamor Media set out to document the larger-than-life character and his passion for racing motorcycles spanning more than four decades. The short documentary, Motorcycle Man, take a look at Roper’s singular love affair with motorcycle racing.

Unlike the archetypal image of a motorcycle rider normally portrayed in the film, MOTORCYCLE MAN portrays Roper as a man who pursued only one passion in life: motorcycle racing. With more than forty years of racing and victories on circuits around the world, he has forged a reputation as a folk hero of the sport.

In the documentary, Lovering follows Roper from Team Obsolete’s workshop in Brooklyn, New York – where a stable of vintage Grand Prix bikes and exotic race bikes are maintained – to a race track in Canada.

Along the way, the filmmaker shares Roper’s celebration of the speed, sweat, and thrill of motorcycle racing while showing his philosophical rationale for what it takes to chase your dreams.

Like Dave Roper, the legendary American motorcycle rider, Lovering’s MOTORCYCLE MAN, was a winner. Scoring victories as Best Short Film at the 2019 Newburyport Documentary Film Festival; Best Documentary Short at the Rome Motorcycle Film Festival MotoTematica in 2019 and Best Feature at the Santa Cruz Motorcycle Film Festival in 2020.

Dave Roper and Motorcycle Man pay homage to the legendary spirit of motorcycle racing in America.

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