Front End Chatter - episode 120

Simon Hargreaves
By Simon Hargreaves
SimonHbikes Simon rides motorbikes, and then writes about them. He also co-presents the Front End Chatter podcast and plays bass guitar rather well.
Front End Chatter


Hello and welcome to FEC120, the 120th episode of not the UK’s most popular automotive podcast but one of them. As ever, we are indebted to Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists – and check out for the kind of comprehensive investigative consumer journalism you can’t find anywhere else.

However, if it isn’t comprehensive investigative consumer journalism you want but a pair of gas-bags waffling instead, here’s what’s in store for you in episode 120:

  • does a necktube count as a face mask?
  • a scatter-gun and largely incoherent round-up of MotoGP from Jerez #1 – including:
    - should riders be allowed to race with broken bones, and is the ‘medical’ tough enough?
    - will the championship result be any less significant if the favourite is injured?
    - should Repsol team manager Alberto Puig be allowed to troll other riders?
  • goodbye to the Honda Ron Haslam Race School
  • does just the thought of selling a bike mean eventually selling becomes inevitable?
  • which is the best Multistrada: original 1200S, Skyhook version, Pikes Peak, Enduro or 950?
  • if a bike is SORN, is it worth MOTing it?
  • should you try your first track day without tuition?
  • what’s the future of bike magazines?
  • what happens to press demo bikes?
  • do phone cameras fail when they’re used on bikes as sat navs?
  • is it safe to plug a tyre puncture with a plug kit? loads more...

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