The Isle of Man is one of the most famous motorcycle racing circuits in the world and holds a special place in the hearts of motorcyclists around the world. If you haven’t visited it yet, chances are you plan to go in the future, or at least want to to go. Even if you’ve been watching the TT for years at home, there’s a world of difference between looking at it and actually riding that road course.
Enter Bennetts Bike’s new Motorcycle Island series, which takes you deep into the heart of IOM so you get a better idea of the big picture. In this first episode, we receive no less a tourist guide than John McGuinness, MBE, to advise the good methods to approach the mountain. He has taken Honda IOMTT rookie and BSB sensation Glenn Irwin under his wing, and Irwin and motorcycle journalist Michael Mann benefit from his on-the-spot instruction.
Now, to be perfectly clear, they all ride together in a Honda HRV, at reasonable four-wheel speeds. It’s definitely not the type of drive to make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Still, hearing exactly how you approach specific parts of the course wouldn’t work well with Bluetooth headset comms at racing speeds, would it? You have to walk before you can fly.
This video is only the first part of the series and only covers the first half of a lap around the Isle of Man road course. Irwin has heard a lot about the very bumpy part around Ginger Hall, and he’s of course very keen to learn all he can about it before he picks up his Fireblade to start building that muscle memory.
Obviously, this is no ordinary tourist guidebook, filled with the same lists of sights to see and historic places to visit that every other tourist guidebook probably also has in abundance. If you want to get a taste of how John McGuinness, MBE thinks about the specifics of this course he knows and loves so well, this video series is absolutely for you. While we mere mortals may not ride this course at its own pace, the information may be of particular interest to motorcyclists visiting the birthplace of the world’s most famous motorcycle road racing.