Guy's done the right TT thing
Star should be given freedom do follow whatever projects he wants
Paul Bredael, email Ed: Guy has a massive year ahead with TV projects and some bike racing but there’s an army of fans who’d love to see him lift a major trophy at the TT
Get up early and help save WSB
Further to Tony Senior’s letter (MCN, January 13), Channel 4 already do a highlights show for WSB on Freeview and in HD too rather than ITV4 ‘blurovision’. The only drawback being its early morning scheduling and too-short 25-minute timespan. It’s a pity we don’t follow the Spanish TV channels where Teledeporte repeats WSB and Supersport in full and in HD.
Ian Williams, email
I’m a dedicated nodder
I read Tom Hood’s letter (MCN, January 13) and the way that he is being made to feel ignored made my blood boil. The lack of recognition is wrong on so many levels. The joy of biking is that we are all sharing a passion that is never experienced by nonriders and we must have the sense to welcome new riders on small bikes. Most of us have spent time on 125s and 250s, ringing the necks of our pride and joys while lusting after a larger machines. To me ANY bike is a motorbike, and regardless of size, L-plates or police livery, the rider is exactly the same as me. You’re a welcomed and respected rider in my eyes Tom, and I can guarantee that many more people feel just like I do.
Andrew W M Fergusson, Malvern
Don't ignore small bikes
I feel for Tom Hood ( MCN, January 13). In September I took delivery of a Honda MSX125 to be used for local short distance runs, instead of using my 2014 VFR800F, as it is so much fun, easy to ride, light and quick to clean. I, like Tom, have found that most riders ignore my nods. If they had good eyesight they would notice my green IAM sticker, although I wouldn’t expect them to know that I’ve had a full licence for 54 years. Come on, copy my example and nod to all and not just those without L-plates or on big-boy’s machines.
Tom Coomber, email
You’re in the club
Without fail I nod to every fellow biker I see on the road. I first started out 15 years ago on a Honda CG125 and the first thing that struck me when out on the road was getting nods from other bikers. This was new to me and I immediately felt that I was part of something great. I’m now riding a Z800 and I still nod at everyone regardless. The important thing is that you are on a bike in the first place.
Gary Craig, Ballymena
Three wheels better?
Chris Walker racing sidecars? For a minute I thought it must be April Fool’s Day come early. British Superbikes won’t be the same without the Stalker but it’s going to be interesting to see how he adapts. Good luck to you, Chris. Not sure I’d volunteer to be the passenger though!
Mark Robinson, email
Insurance? That’ll be £8928
The insurance was due on my MT-09 Tracer, so I decided to get some quotes – I found an online quote of £330, and was contacted by phone and told they could better the quote. They went through all my details again and I was emailed a quote of £8928! I will never understand how insurance companies work.
Kevin Westwood, email
Making a noise for biking
While most of us would hate to see a world of silent bikes (Euro4 feature, MCN January 13), there is no joy to be had from polluting the atmosphere and motorcycles have to play their part in saving the planet. The noise limits as MCN correctly point out have not been reduced as much as we once feared when MAG became active on the issue. The great success of our lobbying on this front is that the proposed test criteria which would have effectively outlawed air-cooled engines were modified to reflect real-world riding. Full throttle openings in low gears had been proposed as features of the noise test over 20 years ago and MAG/FEMA were quick to point out the unreasonableness of such tests. Join MAG at www.mag-uk.org
Ian Mutch, MAG President
Rossi gets my GOAT
I have read a great deal about Valentino Rossi being the greatest racer of all time. I have the greatest of respect for Rossi as a GP rider and for all he has done during his long career, but how can a rider who has never raced at the Isle of Man TT be called the greatest? In my opinion that title belongs to Mike Hailwood
The only problem Guy Martin has in his life is in trying to shake all the monkeys off his back. These monkeys include so-called fans who want to guide his life for him, not for his benefit but for their own. I find it extremely refreshing that someone at the top of his sport can see beyond the confines of biking and branch out and achieve success in other areas, not for fame but for enjoyment and personal satisfaction. Good luck to him in all he attempts and I just hope he keeps the public window open sufficiently so that I can follow his exploits from a distance.
Tony Farnham, Glos