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Ju­lian and Keith rule!

I have to dis­agree with M Mcleod com­ments on the com­men­tary by Keith Huewen and Ju­lian Ry­der. Their hi­lar­i­ous com­men­tary re­ally helps. Does it mat­ter if they get it wrong oc­ca­sion­ally? I like the com­men­tary by the likes of Neil Hodg­son, Colin Edwards and James Tose­land, but it’s Keith and Ju­lian for me. You’ve only got to look at For­mula 1 when Mur­ray Walker re­tired from the com­men­tary box, what a great bloke he was. Pete Welch, email

Great­est show on Earth

All my life I’ve promised my­self I’d get to the TT. At last, at 68, I have done so, and what a mag­nif­i­cent show of mo­tor­cy­cling it is! I met peo­ple from all over the world and, de­spite the weather, had a great time watch­ing some great races. How do they do it? The naysay­ers will al­ways say ‘it is too dan­ger­ous, it should be stopped’ and it is sad that peo­ple die. How­ever, not many peo­ple die do­ing some­thing they en­joy so much! My con­do­lences to those who lost loved ones. Brian Silk, email

Top bloke, great cause

I just wanted to drop a quick email to tell you about John Mccle­ments who owns Or­rell Park Mo­tor­cy­cles in Liver­pool. He has cy­cled from Liver­pool to Gretna Green to raise money for Alzheimers due to his Mum suffering from this aw­ful con­di­tion. Al­though it’s not bike re­lated John runs a deal­er­ship which has been there for a num­ber of years and pro­vides qual­ity prod­ucts, ex­cel­lent ser­vice and a friendly wel­come. He is al­ways will­ing to help with jobs no mat­ter how big or small. He re­ally is a credit to the bik­ing com­mu­nity. He com­pleted his task on May 21 and in a quicker time than he ex­pected. No sur­prise given the amount of prepa­ra­tion and train­ing he has put in. You can still do­nate to his Vir­gin Money page at uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing.com/john­m­cCle­ments. Let’s show what a gen­er­ous and thought­ful com­mu­nity bik­ers are. Chris Camp­bell, email

Keep it le­gal lads

Great day’s rac­ing at Knock­hill BSB, but can I re­mind the no b heads who flew past me on the A94 north of Perth on the way home try­ing des­per­ately to repli­cate Jake Dixon’s dash to the fin­ish line, the cur­rent big­gest sell­ing mo­tor­ing ac­ces­sory is a dash-cam. Big brother may not al­ways be watch­ing but his lit­tle helpers in­creas­ingly are – keep the rac­ing to the track guys! Ian Craig, Aberdeen

More and more bikes

We’ve just been on our 50th an­niver­sary bik­ing tour to Italy on the top of

the 2005-me­tre high Sim­plon Pass in Switzer­land. The last time we rode up here to­gether was in 1967 rid­ing BSAS and Nor­tons. Much has changed in bik­ing over that time. Now we see more bikes ev­ery five min­utes than we saw in to­tal in the three weeks of the orig­i­nal tour. Gor­don de la Mare, email

Knock-thrills

The Bri­tish Su­per­bike round at Knock­hill was a great week­end of rac­ing with weather to match! I caught this pic­ture of Luke Mossey cel­e­brat­ing his pole po­si­tion I also snapped Michael Rut­ter pop­ping a wheelie on his Su­per­stock ma­chine, and John Hop­kins hav­ing a lit­tle mo­ment after drop­ping his bike from a stand­still. Ross Mcgre­gor, email

I’ll stick to my Fazer

After read­ing your long-term test ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing the Suzuki GSX-S1000 (un­der the head­line ‘tweaks needed’), I re­flected on whether bike de­vel­op­ment is that good after all. After spend­ing £9699 on a brand new bike you ad­vo­cate spend­ing a fur­ther £1000 on mak­ing the engine run right. Surely this should be done at the fac­tory! Any­way, wouldn’t ‘tweak­ing’ in­val­i­date the war­ranty. I ride a 14-year-old Yamaha Fazer 1000, which I pur­chased for £2500 three years ago. It is more pow­er­ful than the Suzi, about the same weight, has a 200-mile range, comes with a cen­tre­stand, is com­fort­able for my­self and the wife and didn’t re­quire a penny spend­ing on ‘tweaks’ to make it run right! Pete Smith, email

Red­line to the res­cue

A planned trip to Scot­land from Le­ices­ter­shire to spread my very good friend’s ashes was nearly a no-go due to a kill switch fault on my KTM 1190 Ad­ven­ture caus­ing it to not start at all or stop after a short while. Dave Shep­pard the founder of our lo­cal bike club Soar Rid­ers trag­i­cally died this year after a short fight with can­cer. He is very much missed and had in his last days said that he wanted his ashes spread on some of his favourite rid­ing roads. I was prep­ping my bike for the trip with only a few days to go when the fault oc­curred. What started off as just seek­ing ad­vice from Red­line mo­tor­cy­cles in Lough­bor­ough re­sulted in them at very short no­tice tak­ing the bike in, di­ag­nos­ing an af­ter­mar­ket alarm fault, find­ing an ex­pert to call on and gen­er­ally ap­pre­ci­at­ing the ur­gency of the sit­u­a­tion. They pulled out all stops to sort it with a day to spare. Peter Walker, email

Show some re­spect

Tom Sykes acted in a dis­gust­ing man­ner in the first race at Misano. He had no right to cel­e­brate the ‘win’. It was a hol­low vic­tory. Hav­ing just rid­den past two bikes lay­ing on the ground, he should not have wheel­ied and cel­e­brated in the way he did? Think twice in fu­ture Tom. Just think. It could have been you in­stead of Chaz. Greg, email

‘Tom Sykes acted in a dis­gust­ing man­ner after tak­ing the ‘win’ in Misano WSB’

Ball at Knock­hill BSB Ross Mcgre­gor snapped Luke Mossey hav­ing a

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