Great­est Brits? Don't for­get Read

Sheene grabs all the at­ten­tion but Phil Read was just as in­spir­ing MCN STAR LET­TER

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Burn rub­ber and calo­ries

My girl­friend bought me a Fit­bit for my birth­day. I think she was try­ing to tell me some­thing about my weight. I no­ticed that when I’m rid­ing my Hyper­strada my heart rate in­creases to a rate my Fit­bit says is at fat-burn­ing level. So the moral of this story is if you want to lose weight can­cel the gym mem­ber­ship and buy some fuel and ride your bike in­stead.

Stop the risky re­mounts

In re­gards to let­ter of the week MCN Au­gust 24. For many years I have been go­ing to Mo­togp, WSB and BSB races, and be­fore go­ing out on track all bikes have to go through tough scru­ti­neer­ing pro­cesses to en­sure ma­chin­ery is within safety guide­lines and no tech­ni­cal in­fringe­ments have been breached. So when we have a rider that crashes and ends up in the gravel, he/she does not know if it is safe to carry on. Would a bike pass scru­ti­neer­ing taken straight from the gravel trap? I think not in most cases, and like Sam Lowes at the Aus­trian round he could have eas­ily taken out other rid­ers af­ter re­mount­ing.

Pipe down please

At last you’ve pub­lished a let­ter com­plain­ing about noisy ex­hausts on bikes (MCN Au­gust 24). I worry that it is noisy pipes that will even­tu­ally lead to bikes be­ing leg­is­lated off the road or re­stricted from en­ter­ing cities and large towns. It could eas­ily lead to a ban on road le­gal af­ter­mar­ket ex­hausts forc­ing us to buy ex­pen­sive orig­i­nal ones from the bike man­u­fac­tur­ers. If you want your bike to sound louder leave your ear plugs out.

Carl to the res­cue!

A word of thanks goes out from me and Barnardo’s to Carl – a me­chanic sent out by the RAC last week when my BMW R1200GS broke down at Hart­side Café- the high­est café in Eng­land. I was half­way through a 1000-mile fundrais­ing trip – Bik­ing for Barnardo’s - rais­ing money for the chil­dren’s char­ity. Carl from Ma­cadam Res­cue and Re­cov­ery dili­gently tracked down an elec­tri­cal fault and got the bike started! I con­tin­ued the ride and raised nearly £5000. www.justgiv­ing. com/ f u nd ra i si ng/ Bi k i ng­for Barnar­dos2016 are slim Pat thinks Lorenzo’s 2017 chances

Du­cati signed the wrong man

Du­cati should bin Lorenzo and break the bank to get Mar­quez. He is the only chance they have of get­ting back to the top of the Mo­togp cham­pi­onship. A cou­ple of wet races next sea­son will put an end to Lorenzo’s chances – which are slim even in a sea­son of sunny races.

Driv­ers are get­ting worse

Fur­ther to Pete Bat­tersby’s let­ter (Don’t Text and Drive - MCN Au­gust 24), I agree to­tally but that’s not the half of it. I re­cently re­turned to Lon­don hav­ing lived abroad since 2001 and am ut­terly shocked at how bad driv­ing stan­dards have be­come. Out­ra­geously poor lane dis­ci­pline and zero use of in­di­ca­tors, jump­ing red lights, and yes, tex­ting while driv­ing, are all reg­u­lar haz­ards I have to face on my short daily com­mute. Add this to the di­a­bol­i­cal stan­dard of road sur­face re­pair and you have a recipe for dis­as­ter. But most shock­ing of all is the at­ti­tude of some driv­ers who get fed up wait­ing at junc­tions, look, clearly see me, but pull out any­way forc­ing me to swerve heav­ily or even brake to a stand­still. This is now hap­pen­ing on an al­most daily ba­sis at some junc­tions. Is it any won­der that the num­ber of road fa­tal­i­ties has in­creased in both 2014 and 2015, the first rises since 1997?

Spirit of ad­ven­ture

Read­ing Pi­o­neer­ing Spirit in MCN Au­gust 17, which men­tions long jour­neys on vin­tage bikes, I re­mem­bered Dr Bar­bara Moore who came to fame when she set out to walk from John O’ Groats to Lands End, start­ing the fash­ion for do­ing the jour­ney spon­sored for char­ity. Fol­low­ing that epic walk, it emerged that in the mid 1930s Dr Moore had vis­ited Moscow, trav­el­ling by mo­tor­bike and side­car from Lon­don. By all ac­counts, roads were mainly un­sur­faced at that time and it was also con­sid­ered very ad­ven­tur­ous for a woman to ride a bike in those far off days.

Of suc­cess in his time too Great Brit Read tasted plenty He may not have had the bikes, but Read like Sheene was a true Bri­tish rac­ing leg­end

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