Welcome to Front End Chatter E83, and what a perfectly formed audio package it is too – supported and sustained as forever and always by the magnificent humanoids at www.bikesocial.co.uk and their Bennetts-ian, bike insuring benefactors. And wow! Scoop! Front End Chatter has a world exclusive interview with none other than the youngest man-child ever to win a grand prix – fresh from his Valencia Moto3 victory, we present Mr Can Öncü, fresh from his crib, literally. But apart from that, this week we waffle interminably on the following:
- winners and losers from the final round of MotoGP from a predictably, or not, sopping-wet Valencia…
- …and happy bunnies and sad hedgehogs from MotoGP testing at a largely dry Valencia
- will Triumph enter a factory team in Moto2 at some point, like, 2020, maybe to coincide with the launch of a Daytona 765 road bike?
- hits and misses from that 2018 Motorcycle Live they had then
- Triumph’s new Street Twin and Street Scrambler, ridden at the launch in Portugal (in case it’s unclear)
- comparing the sound of BMW’s R1250 flat twin v the R1200 engine, and what it can tell us about the development of the new engine
- Renthal’s chain expert gives his opinion on dealing with burst O-ring seals down a ropey phone line
- what’s the best road sport tyres for a Daytona 675 for less than £200?
- what bikes can you buy now that will only increase in value, effectively giving you free biking? And is it worth buying a bike as an investment when you’re 50, anyway?
- why does no-one make a great touring naked bike, in the mould of BMW’s Rockster?
- what’s the best small-capacity bike that commute, do a bit of two-up and cope with a more generously-proportioned rider for less than £1000?… • …and, in contrast, should a man, who isn’t the bass player in the Foo Fighters but could be, sell his already exotic bike collection and then buy something truly, fabulously, exceptional? It’s a tough one.
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