When a New Year begins, many anticipate the first endurance race of the year – the Dakar Rally. And when that’s final – great job KTM – many endurance racing fans turn their focus to the Isle of Man TT.Four months before the race on that tiny island between the UK and Ireland, the top riders who claimed podium wins in 2018 IOMTT have confirmed their seats.
The biggest news arrives from Michael Dunlop, an 18-time TT winner who now is third on the all-time winners list behind John McGuinness (23) and the late Joey Dunlop (26).Michael, 29, is focused on taking both the Superbike and Senior TT wins aboard the S 1000 RR: “We grabbed a Superbike TT win last year, which was a good start and the goal this year will be to go after both Superbike and Senior TT wins.”He will surely have some tough competition from the other top riders who are listed below.The other main teams/riders are:Norton Factory Team
David “Davo” Johnson
Milenco Security Padgetts Racing Honda
Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki
Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki
Smiths Racing BMW
The 2019 Isle of Man TT is set for May 25 through June 7, and many superbike riders will be chasing a new lap record. In 2018, both Dean Harrison and Peter Hickman posted lap records over the 134 mph mark – 135.452mph is now the record set by Hickman on a BMW S 1000 RR.
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.