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.