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March 4, 2017 Front End Chatter #51

Say hello to Front End Chatter Episode 51, a numerically insignificant episode that nonetheless contains much chatterage about:


  • the opening round of World Super Brits from Phillip Island – although if you haven’t seen the racing you’ll be none the wiser afterwards because we watched it and still manage to get the race result wrong not once, but twice…


  • MotoGP testing from the very same Phillip Island at which, it seems, “They’re all going really fast…”




  • how Ducati’s new SuperSport is less sports tourer, more sportsbike


  • why Kawasaki’s new Z900 is a 123bhp entry-level naked bike


  • and why the new Ninja 650 is, er, an entry-level bike with a full fairing


And there’s more:


We read out your lovely emails on subjects as wide and wonderful as:


  • the great hi-viz debate – to yellow or not to yellow


  • bike security in London


  • the wisdom of modifying modern sportsbikes


  • a comparison of the average increase in rider skill v the increase in motorcycle performance


  • the great Honda Africa Twin underperforming heated grip and corroding spokes problems – BOTH SOLVED! Ish.


  • why some new bikes are released with obvious problems you’d think the factory would sort during testing


  • what’s the better choice – a six-grand Triumph Daytona 675 or Suzuki GSX-R750?


  • why we should argue more often (‘no we shouldn’t’, etc)


  • why photochromic visors are a good idea


  • how FEC is ‘helping’ native Spanish-speakers with their English comprehension


  • Honda’s DCT v quickshifters


  • what bikes do we prefer – riding older, nostalgic machines or sampling the new stuff, with modern technology?


  • how oe fitment tyres are completely different to aftermarket tyres with the same name from the same manufacturer


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