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October 20, 2017 Front End Chatter #65

Hello and welcome to the long-awaited (well, about a month) Front End Chatter Episode 65 – supported as ever by our magnificent colleagues, pals and beneFECtors at and Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists.


This week FEC bangs on about subjects as wide and varied as:


  • how does three-time World Superbike champ Jonathan Rea’s win-race ratio match to Carl Fogarty’s, and how to fix World Superbike (again)
  • did the three-way Showdown final British Superbike round at Brands and the subsequent love-in make us want to watch it next year?
  • …and compare all that to an epic MotoGP race at Motegi


PLUS! words of gossip about what we know about 2018’s new bikes (or do we?) including

  • the 2018 supercharged, sports touring Kawasaki H2R GT…
  • …and their Z900RS, and how close it’ll be to the existing Z900
  • Honda’s NSC ‘New Sports Cafe’…
  • …and if the motor is based on the CB650F inline four
  • Honda’s new Goldwing with its funny front end…
  • KTM’s 790-800cc Duke parallel twin which probably won’t have bungees pulling the pistons back to TDC
  • Yamaha’s MT-07-based T7 budget adventure bike
  • Triumph’s, er, well, definitely not a 765 Daytona, say Triumph…
  • Harley-Davidson’s new Softail range of, er, big V-twins including the rather splendid Fat Bob


PLUS! listeners’ questions, including:

  • what supermoto as a second bike
  • the law around on-bike dash-cams – and can plod nick you using your own sat nav’s ‘snail-trail’ as evidence?
  • are smaller bikes less likely to get you in trouble?
  • can you buy a decent used bike for the price of a new iPhone?


Thank you for listening and putting up with us – and please email any biking questions (or any questions you like) or comments to


or get us on Twitter @SimonHbikes



And don’t forget to check out and get your bike insurance with Bennetts.