Damn I hope I can get over there soon. Every year there's more talk about shutting it down...
Last edited by Mechanic; 06-05-2011 at 09:43 PM. Reason: Sorry about the messed up link to Connor Cummins!
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has anyone herd anything about tt3d "closer to the edge" showing in the lower mainland / b.c./ canada / north america even
Connor Cummins bouced clear over each one of the two barbed wire fences directly in his slide path - how lucky was that !!
So how does that work - is this "Mad Sunday" an open 'free-for-all' whereby any rider can ride the course balls-to-the-wall, with no legal ramifications?
It's the mountain part of the course that is one way from the Ramsey hairpin to the Creg. There is no speed limit. But the cops are very strict in the villages and towns and have a great deal of forgiveness. Unless you are there early you end up in a lineup in one lane waiting and by the time you get to the Gooseneck it's all for one and all for one! We did it 2 up on a 95 Triumph Sprint and being passed on both sides at 110 mph is an experience. There were at least 3 bikes in the fencing or the ditch in the first 1/2 mile from Ramsey. It's a great thrill and well worth doing. We are heading back there again next year, likely on the same bike, unless my nephew has traded it in for something faster/better. Rather than renting a bike, use any relatives you have to buy a bike online (UK bike trader etc) and add you on the insurance. There is a company in Manchester that rents Ducatis and you could fly in, rent, ferry to the IOM then back a week later.
That is incredible. Aptly named.
Excellent links Mechanic. And thanks for the road rules (or lack of) Brian9.
I'm pretty sure sure Dnaspark would love the road anarchy during that time and I'd be pissed off and sulking in a ditch somewhere!
The difference between you and me .........
It started off dodgily on Mad Sunday as a customized Vmax passed us by riding in the wrong lane knocking over several cones. It's when as you look in your mirrors and see 2-3 bikes strung out across the road behind you, that you realise what your'e in for. Some of the riding is good, some not so good and some is simply breathtaking. Met 3 doctors in the hotel, all Ducati owners ranging from the Desmosedici to Monsters, riding the bollocks off the bikes, every day from 0400 to the point where one of them had gone through 3 sets of tyres on his 1098S in 10 days. Never in my life have I seen so many people wearing full leathers, even in the 70's, when full leathers were the domain of racers, the IOM was similar in appearance. I'll try and post some pictures from our 09 visit, as we got some interesting shots
Please enjoy some photos of the 2009 event. Full of highlights with seeing Rossi and Ago, meeting Plater and McGuiness, marshalling at the end of Sulby straight, staying at the Sulby Glen Hotel and riding to the South of France in one day (Calais to Narbonne). Expensive, but money better spent than on tail tidies, smaller indicators, anything with the word billet in it or Starbucks coffee. I wish I could provide wonderous descriptions with all the pictures, but I simply don't have the writing skills to do them justice. Suffice to say we had a great time and we are off again next year.
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