Front End Chatter - episode 86

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 podcast

Happy New... oh, is too late for that?

Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter, Britain’s most enduring motorcycling podcast (much to chagrin of Les343) presented by me, Simon Hargreaves and him, Martin Fitz-Gibbons, and supported by the humanoids at and Bennetts, the bike insurance people.


And this month, FEC sinks its teeth into:

• the Greatest Grand Prix Of All Time, aka the 1990 Australian 500cc Grand Prix, feat. Sir Mick of Doohan, Lord Wayne de Rainey, Baron von Gardner and the Marquis of Schwantz going at it hammer, tongs and forceps
• the 125cc side-spectacle of Hans Spaan aiming a punch at Fausto Gresini and Loris Capirossi winning his first world title

• the year of 2019 in review, as FEC jumps into the Chatter Tardis and zooms 12 months into the future – including the best bike of 2019, the Brit GP from Donington, and some shocking new Suzuki news – yes, you read that right

• a deep dive into the FECsack with contributions on topics as varied as

• buying used instead of a new bike on PCP,

• the mechanics of trail braking and why it’s a good (and bad) idea,

• how tightly controlled the Triumph 765-powered Moto2 series will be,

• the reliability of KTM electrics,

• how odd is it that Marc Marquez’ dad is STILL hanging around his pit box,

• bike community garages in the US,

• a FEC track day in August,

• how to make MotoE more of a spectacle by using an accountant from Bromley,
• why is insurance so bloomin’ expensive?

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