Is there something Peter Hickman can’t do on a motorcycle?
A seasoned British Superbike Championship rider and race winner, Macau GP winner and senior member. Oh, and he’s the fastest racer to complete the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course at 135 mph.
Indeed, Hickman has become the modern day road racing sensation, applying his short track skills to the roads with aplomb, aspiring to countless titles, but it was his TT exploits that made him a favorite. from BSB fans to a global superstar.
Understandably, the TT is considered to be the most formidable, difficult and notorious motorcycle racing event in the world, so much so that just finishing it without any issues or injuries is a huge achievement in and of itself, and even less victory and record breaking records.
Of course, we’ve been without TT action for two years now due to the strict lockdown measures imposed by the Isle of Man government, and we’re still 10 months away from the start of the event scheduled for 2022.
In the meantime, our sister post Crash.net has been a very useful reminder of just how insane the TT is with this video posted to Hickman’s “Hicky60” YouTube channel showing a ride in a fresh factory BMW HP4 and having traveled 0 mile.
So what better way to smash it by pinning the throttle out of the box on the 37,739 mile Snaefell Mountain course… obviously.
What makes this even more ‘in the moment’ is the addition of a ‘chin cam’ which gives you a very precise view of the speed, thin edges and forces being taken by the road, almost as if you watched her through her wide adrenaline-fueled students.
Granted, the video was posted in February (apologies for our delay) but we’re assuming there’s never a good reason to post any TT laps on board, so there you go. Enjoy!
The caption below the video reads as follows:
▻ The bike was brand new the day before with 0 miles on it (the engine was run in on a bench)
▻ This is lap 2 of the 2 demo laps I did on the BMW HP4 Race – I had never done this before.
▻ The start of the round is regular – it is a demo round after all!
▻ The sunlight is very weak as the tour is done late in the evening after the sidecar practice – when the sun is blocking the camera that’s exactly how I see it too, that is say i fly blind sometimes – notice at Greeba Bridge i have to sit the bike up as i can’t see the top / wall!
▻ I looked at my left foot at Glen Helen twice, it was because my foot had slipped from the ankle, I was looking for oil – there was none.
▻ There are “slippery surface” flags in Milntown all the way to the corner of the school, which is why I am slow in this section.
▻ On the mountain mile, I slow down very early because I see the yellow flag flying in front, you never know what these flags mean but it’s a warning, so I slow down, normally I would always be flat in front of the place where the sidecar is parked by the side of the road!
▻ Lots of wheelies are because I’m just having fun!
▻ Lap speed was 118 mph on average – 19 minutes and 9 seconds… just think what 135 mph looked like at 16 minutes 42 seconds….