Isle of Man TT VideoSince the first TT race in 1907, the Isle of Man – a 221-square mile island between Great Britain and Ireland in the Irish Sea – became the ultimate destination for the true road racer.Those seeking to conquer the 37.73-mile Mountain Course are many, but those who actually conquer are few. The latest video that recaps the 2013 Tourist Trophy races is an artistic capsulation of this thought.
The video begins with stringed instruments playing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s epic song “Freebird,” and shows two men that have arrived at the island of motorcycling yore and conquered – 20-time TT winner John McGuinness and seven-time winner Michael Dunlop, the nephew of the winningest rider in TT history – the late Joey Dunlop (26 wins).From there, the video reveals some of the finest images from the 2013 TT, unfolding emotions only found in the art of motorcycle racing.As the video’s opening Steve McQueen quote says, “Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.”We concur. Enjoy the video…
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!