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MCN man shows the fu­ture for TT’S Zero event

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Just re­turned from the Isle of Man TT, and look­ing back on the past week the TT Zero race now puts a big smile on my face even though it was only one lap and there weren’t that many bikes in­volved. What caught my at­ten­tion was MCN Se­nior Road Tester Adam Child rid­ing the En­er­gica. He rolled up for the race, took off the non-es­sen­tials – head­light, tail light, horn etc and then com­peted in the race around the Moun­tain course. Then he re-as­sem­bled the bike to be able to ride home. How good is that? Hold on, does that mean next year we will have to have two Zero races – one for the big-money one-off pro­to­types and one for pro­duc­tion bikes? Good work Adam. Bring it on. PRODDY RAC­ING IS BACK! Alan Mclaugh­lin, email Ed: Turn to page 32 for more on Adam Child’s TT ex­pe­ri­ence

Spirit of the TT

I would just like to say a mas­sive thank you to the Cook­stown BE Rac­ing team at this year’s TT for pretty much sav­ing my week. Af­ter start­ing my bike up out­side the start and fin­ish line, oil started p***ing out from un­der­neath. The guys said they would lend me a ratchet and ex­ten­sion to try and tighten the fil­ter, so I pushed my bike there and nipped it up, but the seal was knack­ered and was still leak­ing. With­out me ask­ing, one of the lads went and got a new fil­ter for me. It turned out to be just the job. I can­not thank Derek Sheils and all the lads there enough, they couldn’t have been more help­ful. It’s the spirit of the TT. Alexan­der Hume, email

I need speed stats

A cou­ple of months ago I be­gan read­ing MCN again, hav­ing not read a mo­tor­cy­cle mag for about 10 years, and I no­ticed an in­ter­est­ing trend when you are re­view­ing bikes. I saw that although you in­clude BHP and torque you never men­tion top speed or stand­ing quar­ter fig­ures. Years ago these were es­sen­tial facts in any re­view, and I’m guess­ing now that the per­for­mance of sports bikes in par­tic­u­lar is so close as to negate the need to pub­lish them. Any­way not to worry as I’ve bought a pack of Top Trumps so I can get all the facts I need from there! David Wil­son, email

More JT please BT

Hav­ing watched the Catalunya Mo­togp yes­ter­day, I must say that the only thing that re­ally spoiled it for me was the com­men­tary by Keith Huewen and Julian Ry­der. It seems to get worse as the sea­sons go by. Mr Huewen in­sists on shout­ing his way through the races and in­vari­ably makes mis­takes some­where along the line while Mr Ry­der tries to keep up with the ex-rac­ers who com­men­tate at var­i­ous points but spouts statis­tic af­ter statis­tic in­stead of talk­ing about the action. When the likes of Neil Hodgson, Colin Ed­wards and James Tose­land com­men­tate, they give such an in­sight that it’s a joy to lis­ten. M Ma­cleod, High Wy­combe

Read’s a true champ

Phil Read (MCN, June 7) was of­ten ac­cused of chas­ing money but peo­ple for­get he had a liv­ing to earn and only a fairly brief pe­riod in which to do it. Phil could be very gen­er­ous and although he’d only met me once at a Yamaha dealer night he found out I was look­ing for a celebrity to at­tend a char­ity evening at my lo­cal vil­lage pub. He of­fered to at­tend if we would give him and his wife din­ner prior to the func­tion. He proved to be a very en­ter­tain­ing guest and gave us a fan­tas­tic evening at the char­ity do. There

was no pay­ment asked for and he paid all his own ex­penses and got his round in when it was his turn. Ray El­liott, ex-prin­ci­pal Coburn and Hughes

What a good Read…

I first met Phil Read in around 1959 when we were both em­barked on a City & Guilds engi­neer­ing course at Lu­ton Tech­ni­cal Col­lege on an ap­pren­tice day re­lease and later an evening course. Phil was mak­ing a ta­per shank drill, I was strug­gling with an engi­neer’s square. We both had bikes – Phil a Ve­lo­cette, I had a Tiger 100 500 twin carb “C” and another guy had a Dom­i­na­tor 99. Phil soon ac­quired a 500 Gold Star and set out on his ca­reer path at Sil­ver­stone. The fol­low­ing week we dis­cussed his lines through var­i­ous cor­ners com­pared with the greats of the day and very quickly Phil rose through the ranks ac­quir­ing a brace of Manx Nor­tons. In the mean­time, we had moved to an evening course held on the first floor of a pub. Phil was al­ways late and I clearly re­mem­ber the lec­turer say­ing: “Read, you will never get on in life!” I met Phil a few years ago at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed and re­minded him of the tale but he blocked me and moved off, as is his way. Never mind Phil you are to me the “GOAT” of the era. Did you ever get your City & Guilds? I did... just! John Rus­sell, Bed­ford­shire

Corn­wall call­ing

I en­joy read­ing the MCN that my hubby buys ev­ery week. How­ever, I can’t re­call ever see­ing a ride in Corn­wall in the MCN Rid­ing sec­tion. We have loads of fab­u­lous roads just per­fect for a ride out. Equally, Corn­wall rarely gets a men­tion in the Events sec­tion. This is a plea to all you Ker­now bik­ers - get your act to­gether and let’s get some­thing or­gan­ised down here! Ni­cola Davies, email

Track­day ends in tears

My 21st track­day age 58, I’m tip­ping into Knock­hill’s hair­pin when BANG! Next thing I know I am slid­ing along the track watch­ing my Tri­umph Street Triple R slid­ing up the hill! As I got to my feet the guy on an LC who had just wiped me out said: “Sorry mate, not my fault it was him on the Fire­blade who took my line.” Thanks a lot guys, you know who you are! Don­ald Wynne, email

Kawasaki misses a trick

I’ve just bought a new W800. Kawasaki say it’s the end of the line for this bike and the sales man­ager at the deal­er­ship I bought it from said there are no plans to in­tro­duce a Euro 4 model. Ap­par­ently Kawasaki don’t be­lieve there is enough de­mand for this type of bike. Tell that to Tri­umph. Per­haps the Kawasaki name doesn’t have the her­itage for this type of ma­chine that the Tri­umph name has. Per­haps it’s be­cause it’s made in Ja­pan. I know peo­ple who would never ride let alone own a Ja­panese bike. The fact that the new Bon­nevilles are made in Thai­land seems to have es­caped them. I own a Tri­umph Scram­bler as well as the W800. Both are great but the Kawasaki is bet­ter. Doug Clowser, email

‘Peo­ple for­get Read had a liv­ing to earn and a brief pe­riod in which to do it’

MCN’S Chad whipsper­ing along on the Mo­to­corsa/ En­er­gica EVO in the TT Zero

get that City & Guilds fin­ished? Eight-times world champ, but did Phil Read ever

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