A month after the Isle of Man calms down from two weeks of TT action, another race takes place on the 4.25-mile Billown Circuit in the southern part of the island – the Southern 100.The Southern 100 began in 1955 with three races starting and finishing at Castletown. Forward to 2015, and there are now 12 races held on the same course. This year’s 59th edition of the Southern 100 once again saw Guy Martin earn a victory in the Ellan Vannin Fuels Senior Race – his 12th career Southern 100 race win.
Martin, who holds the Billown Circuit record of 2:13.923 (2013, Suzuki GSX-R1000), led all seven laps of the 2015 Southern 100 Senior race, posting a quickest lap of 111.693 on his final time around. But it wasn’t an easy victory; 11-time Isle of Man TT winner Michael Dunlop stayed with Martin for most of the race, and took second a mere 0.092 of a second behind.Earning third on the Mar-Train Yamaha YZF-R1 was Dean Harrison. Rounding out the top five were Padgetts Honda’s Dan Kneen and the Lightweight TT winner, Ivan Lintin on a Kawasaki ZX-10R.In the 2015 Southern 100 Radcliffe Butchers 600cc race, Seamus Elliot took a dominating win aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6. He was joined on the podium by Triumph’s Russ Mountford and Honda’s Dan Kneen.Photos by Wayne Freestone
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!