TT 2019 practice week and trails

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TT 2019 practice week and trails

Post by Dansin » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:22 pm

Sorry, can’t get the videos to embed.

I’ve been over a few times for trail riding but never for the racing. We always stay at the same bunk house over near Peel. Perfect for us as wet and muddy doesn’t matter at the end of the day. I cant imagine going to a B&B in the state we’re usually in.

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The weather was mixed, typical Isle of Man! We had grey days, bright sunshine, mist and rain.

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First day trail riding on Sunday and plenty of offs on the slippy slate. As practice was going to be run we made our way up to the end of the Cronk y voddy straight to watch. Absolutely awesome. Full respect to all the riders but the top boys were visibly quicker. We then headed to Kirk Michael and watched there. At the end of the session John McGuinness broke down at our corner. Down to earth chap who as happy to speak to the few of us there.

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Mondays weather started out grey with a bit of rain when we got up in the hills. My brother shredded a tyre (it also went through both sides of the tube) on the slate. We put a new tube in but tyre needed replacing. Thankfully we weren’t too far from Sulby and Juan Knight. Sent him and one other down the mountain and Juan sorted them. I then had my brother radioing me asking what tyre to buy whilst I was binning it down a steep slate trail.... We had another puncture in the group so also headed down to Sulby to get it sorted.

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Tuesday was glorious. We hit the trails early and had a great time until one of the lads on an Xchallenge went down halfway along the southern section of the millennium way. It twisted the rad and pulled off the end tank, emptying all of the coolant out of the bike. We wheeled it down the last mile and a half back to a road. All thinking that was the end for that bike. I then towed it on my 690 back up to Sulby to see if we could graft on a donor rad. Interesting experience towing back up across the mountain and we did get some looks, especially at Ballaugh Bridge!

We stripped the bike, squared up the rad and with the help of Juan, got it back together. Amazingly it sealed when we filled it up and was okay to carry on.

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From there we did some more trails, eventually getting to Conker Trees down a lane and walking through a wood. We watched the Superbikes for an hour there and then headed up to Mountain Box on the trails. Leaving the bikes there we went under the course through a storm gully and watched the remainder of the Superbikes and then sidecars from there. Absolutely the best viewing spot and we were the only people there apart from a lone marshal.

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Wednesday was wet and misty. We hit some more amazing trails and had a few more offs before heading to Douglas and the pits. Thoroughly soaked we wandered around until we recognised the garages for the 2 sidecar outfits that had impressed us up at Mountain Box. Showed them the video and were all invited in for a chat, hot tea and a nose at the outfits. Amazing dedication to the sport on what must be really tight budgets.

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Another cracking trip. Have always loved the trails over there but adding in the TT was great. A few broken bits on bikes, a few sore heads, a few aches and pains but well worth it.

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Re: TT 2019 practice week and trails

Post by diggermanbob » Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:20 pm

Good report enjoyed reading that and some nice photos.

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Re: TT 2019 practice week and trails

Post by boboneleg » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:09 pm

Brilliant , looks like you had a great time. Squaring up that rad was a feat in itself :D
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Re: TT 2019 practice week and trails

Post by bikenav » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:22 pm

good stuff thanks for taking the trouble

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Re: TT 2019 practice week and trails

Post by Teflon Jnr » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:03 pm

Fantastic read and fantasticpics well done
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Re: TT 2019 practice week and trails

Post by Dansin » Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:05 am

boboneleg wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:09 pm
Brilliant , looks like you had a great time. Squaring up that rad was a feat in itself :D
It just twisted back square by hand. That’s Bmw quality for you. :shock: The plastic end tank was just held on with alloy tabs, so they were opened up, the end tank put back into place and tabs squeezed tight. Still can’t quite believe it held though. Me having had a 650 Dakar for nearly fifteen years also helped. The lads were insisting the system was full until I undid the bleed screw on the head. Steam came out and a load more coolant went back into the system. :D

Amazingly the fan still works to boot.

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Re: TT 2019 practice week and trails

Post by zimtim » Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:32 pm

Thanks nice report.
Always amazes me the speeds this top riders get up too.
But you have to have another level of cajones to be a passenger on a sidecar outfit.
I'll walk round thanks😁😁
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Re: TT 2019 practice week and trails

Post by bodderboy » Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:59 pm

Great report, pictures and video. Thanks for posting.

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Re: TT 2019 practice week and trails

Post by chunky butt » Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:17 pm

Really enjoyed that, x challenge rads are made of card board, respect for straightening that, thanks for posting :D

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Re: TT 2019 practice week and trails

Post by daveuprite » Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:49 pm

Great report, but I'm afraid your fourth picture is porn and not allowed on the site.

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