End of the road… but what a laugh
So long and thanks for the MCNLIVE! memories MCN STAR LETTER
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Show us the racing!
Imagine, top premiership striker flies past three defenders and is through to the goal with just the keeper to beat, leg swings back. Cut to dugout, manager, hands on mouth and the crowd goes mad, is it a goal, was it a fantastic save? Thank you Jack Burnicle for screaming out in a way only Jack can during the WSS round at Assen “we want to see the race!” as four riders braved soaking conditions, vying for the lead of a shortened race, we were continually forced to watch wives, girlfriends and children, along with team managers and mechanics, who by the way are all staring at a TV screen in the garage trying to watch the race, but were now presumably watching themselves.
WSB is truly super
I’ve just watched race one at WSB at Assen and I’d be amazed if there are any critics left of this series. It was one of the best races I’ve ever seen. Full of thrills, spills and unbridled excitement. Jonathan Rea was sublime and dealt with pressure from start to finish.
A flipping tough try- out
I started motorcycling in the late sixties and always wore an openface helmet. I knew there was extra protection to be gained from a full-face helmet but I was always worried about not being able to remove it easily. I suppose you could say I am slightly claustrophobic. But then I spotted a flip-up helmet at my local dealer. Without any thought I put it on with the chinbar up and fastened the strap. I was quite comfortable because I knew I could remove it easily. I pulled the chinbar down part way to see what it felt like. Unfortunately, it moved further than I expected and locked into position. I started to panic. I knew there must be a release button, but I couldn’t find it. In the confusion the visor, which was covered in stickers, also dropped down. Blinded, I stumbled to where I thought the counter was and crashed into a wall. I returned later and bought one and I love it. Advice to others: locate the catch before putting a flip-down on your head!
These boots are made for… ?
Sorry, is it just me that looks at the cost of ‘retro’ boots such as the Alpinestars at £170 (MCN, April 13) and queries the cost and/or point? Wouldn’t a pair of safety boots from a builders’ merchants for £40 suffice?
Motogp’s dodgy graphics
I was hoping after Motogp round one in Qatar that the graphics on TV, particularly the black bar on the left, would be better for Argentina, but I sat through practice, qualifying and all three races again and still can’t make out riders names clearly. Please BT Sport do something about it, and while you’re at it get rid of those stupid sound effects when something pops up on screen – it’s Motogp we are watching, not a computer game!
Put a spring in your seat
Seat design has always interested me (MCN, April 20) and further aspects of seat design include seat orientation and top surface shape. For example, my Yamaha MT-03 (the old version) had a forward-sloping seat, with an upright riding position. This meant your skeleton slid forward leaving your soft bits behind compressed and ready to go numb. As to shape, it was like sitting astride a telephone pole - all your other soft bits took the weight and the ischial bones were hardly involved. I once set up a sprung saddle on my TDM900: flat, horizontal, firm but with 11 springs between me and the bike - it was great.
Golfers are people too
I never understand why people feel the need to make stupid comments about the validity of other sports (MCN, April 20). Either ‘sport’ encompasses hundreds of various competitive pastimes or it is limited to hunting, shooting and fishing which is the original definition. Motorcycling enthusiasts become extremely defensive over the validity of our sport, and surprisingly some people enjoy more than one sport. Golf is a fantastic sport - the problem lies with the perception that it is elitist and snobbish. It can be, but only when played by elitist and snobbish people. George Allen’s ‘them and us’ mentality doesn’t help biking.