Fast Bikes - - YOUR LIFE ON BIKES - Brian Ben­son

I rode to my first TT with eight friends this year. What an ex­pe­ri­ence! The dif­fer­ences be­tween short cir­cuits and road cir­cuits are huge, and I was never short of amaze­ment at the sheer speed the riders car­ried around the course. We rode the cir­cuit six times while there, in­clud­ing a rather in­dul­gent two laps be­fore break­fast one morn­ing. The moun­tain is a bit tricky for a new­bie: your brain doesn’t be­lieve you can use both sides of the road, the drop-off is pretty big, and I kept look­ing in my mir­rors to see the fast riders lap­ping 50mph faster than me com­ing up like mis­siles.

One big high­light was Peter Hick­man’s maiden win. We met him the day after at the Creek Inn in Peel, had a chat and a photo (be­low). He couldn’t have been more hum­ble about the win, and it was hard to equate him to the su­per­man that also de­liv­ered the first 135mph lap. He had a bike there at the pub, and we laughed about his com­plete ab­sence of ‘chicken strips’. He said: “I once rode this so hard that the tyre folded over the rim and left the im­pres­sion of the tyre name on the rim.” I tried to re­mem­ber that at the three fast cor­ners after the Goose­neck on my Tuono Fac­tory, but it didn’t re­ally hap­pen for me!

PS: Great fea­ture on Boothy’s ad­ven­tures as a pri­va­teer at the TT. I hear him about the ‘TT Blues’.

Hicky and his hero.

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