Insane Risks Motor Race At The Isle Of Man TT Race

Submitted by: NOCASH 5 years ago Sports

Insane high speed motorcycle racing on a road course in the Isle of Man. Is the risk of this kind of racing worth it?
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Female 34
Can`t watch it. PTSD. I watched a guy vegetablize himself on one of these on the freeway. He tried to soften up the blacktop with his head as his bike went another half mile on it`s own. At least these guys have helmets.
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Male 14,330
@MattPrince

I think they call that a deathwish.
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Male 2,220
@McGovern. I wish I had the unshakeable belief of these guys.

Narrow twisting lanes, stone houses on either side, undulating tarmac.

130mph

and that is *average speed* over a 17minute lap.
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Male 1,569
Racing for the Darwin award!
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Male 262
What the drat are you babbling about?
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Male 914
LOL at 3:16 - 3:18
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Female 119
$hit`s crazy X.x
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Male 14,330
[quote]You`re not going to get a license to have a working machine gun, for example.[/quote]

You`re not in the US either unless you`ve owned firearm for what I think is 5 years and then have $$$$$ for all the fees.

[quote]Driving/riding in a dangerous way is illegal all over the Isle of Man, except during the racing.[/quote]

AHHH ok it was made to sound like you can do what you want speed wise.

Screw this go play with your bikes!!!! I`m off to find the Isle of Woman you can keep your partial legstika......

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Male 3,081
McGovern1981, some basic research *before* you opened your drating mouth may have told you what angllion has had to point out to you.
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Male 12,365
Oh, and guns are not illegal on the Isle of Man. They`re restricted, but not illegal. Well, some are illegal. You`re not going to get a license to have a working machine gun, for example. It`s not like the USA, but islanders can have guns to kill animals, go target shooting and suchlike.

Not in the UK. Doesn`t have the same laws. They like it that way.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Guns are illegal there to supposedly "protect" the people but yet there`s no speed limits even when not having a race do you really think it`s for their "protection" then??[/quote]

There are speed limits all over the UK.

There are speed limits on all urban areas of the Isle of Man, except during the racing.

Any part of the Isle of Man can have a speed limit put on it. What they don`t have is a blanket island-wide speed limit.

Driving/riding in a dangerous way is illegal all over the Isle of Man, except during the racing.
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Male 12,365
[quote]I like the part where the guy died...[/quote]

He didn`t die. He was back racing the same event the next year. Only faster.

[quote]Remember folks guns are bad but endangering your life and the lives of those around you to go extremly high speeds is jolly good fun in the UK!![/quote]

It`s not in the UK. The Isle of Man is a Crown Protectorate, not actually part of the UK. It`s a complicated arrangement.

Racers choose to race. Spectators choose to spectate. So your comparison is silly.
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Male 102
That is crazy, i love taking my bike out on a sunday ride, but that is suicide.
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Male 14,330
@NOCASH

Guns are illegal there to supposedly "protect" the people but yet there`s no speed limits even when not having a race do you really think it`s for their "protection" then?? UK critisizes our guns I critisize lack of speed limits a heavy chunk of steel plowing into you at least over 100 mph is as deadly as any gun. ON the bright side mabey we can sponsor ducati riding guido douchebags to ride this and help dedouchify the planet.
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Male 237
scheisse O_O
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Male 423
McGovern this is an organized race, everyone knows the risks involved. These guys are as good as they come at what they do, making mistakes only by inches can spell disaster at the speeds they are traveling. One missed entry on a corner affects your speed and racing line into the next corner which are numerous on this course seeing as it is over 35 miles long while averaging around 100-130mph. The sheer amount of concentration and nerves of steel it would require to do this are as far as I am concerned unbelievable. Comparing deaths from a racing event to that of guns is pretty dumb, guns were designed to kill things. These bikes are designed to push the limits of speed that man can achieve on two wheels, pretty impressive if you ask me.
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Male 1
the manx gp is better, basically the same but with vintage bikes
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Male 878
Do they still do Mad Sunday when they let any member of the public ride the course? That was even more dangerous than the event.
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Male 14,330
Goes to show "Bravery and stupidity go hand in hand."
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Male 221
The Isle of man quite is not part of UK its a British Crown Dependency, which means they make rules like no speeding limits on country roads
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Male 14,330
@MattPrince

Yes, your bike is an extension of your penis... and it`s still small. I`m all set with that I like keeping my body in one piece and not being road cheese for the entertainment of others but please go ahead your organs will be useful for those in need if there`s any left.
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Male 2,220
Aww Mcgovern whats up - your little piece not bringing the girls in?

Maybe you should get a bike?


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Male 3,057
Probably the most dangerous event in all motorsports.
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Male 14,330
I like the part where the guy died... Remember folks guns are bad but endangering your life and the lives of those around you to go extremly high speeds is jolly good fun in the UK!!
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Male 876
That Craigslist chick wanting to get tea-bagged should find herself one of these dudes, because they don`t get much bigger than what these guys have.
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Male 1,239
Is it worth it to me were I a racer? No.
Worth it to them? Obviously is.
Worth it to the fans? Definitely.

They are amazing to watch. I`m not brave enough or skilled enough on a bike to even dream of this.
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Male 3,364
Looks like even some of the spectator areas are dangerous.
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Male 10,339
Isle of Man, or basically any other TT done on regular roads, are some of the most epic events on the planet. They celebrate the limits a man can push himself. I have to respect anyone that can push themselves this far, and keep themselves together.
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Female 20
I live on the Isle of Man. It is insane, it is never "will anyone die?" its "how many?" there is always deaths during the two weeks of TT. It is ridiculous. My step dad rode in the Manx Grand Prix but he would never go these kinds of speeds on a road race. Its ridiculous.
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Male 423
If everyone thinks these guys are nuts there are also guys who race the course in sidecar bikes, which looks about just as insane.
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Male 249
One of my friend calls me an `organ donnor`, but i would never race like this... This looks stupidly dangerous... or dangerously stupid. When you ride a bike, you can`t influence 80% of things that could happen to you. Why risk it with this?
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Male 5,874
Of course it is dangerous, motorcycle racing is exactly that!
Bear this in mind though:
More people die on European ski slopes every year than have been killed at the IOM TT races since they started.
(approximately 2000 die annually on UK roads)
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Male 1,360
balls of steels!
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Male 1,178
@davymid - I wonder how many people die in normal car accidents every day....

Sure it`s risky, but if that is what makes their life worth living, it`s their choice.
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Male 4,902
HOLY SH*T!
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Male 2,737
Ain`t worth the risk if your on the sidelines when man and bike become projectile weapons. I do have to say though that when I was a body remover for the coroners office, motor cycle accidents were the messiest.
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Male 490
@frenchroast i doubt very many will be intact.
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Male 267
Sooooo sick, getting a new bike in Spring :D
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Male 468
that has to be the biggest adrenaline rush on earth
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Male 134
Looks like a fun way to die.
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Male 446
If I ever need an organ transplant, I`ll head over to the Isle of Man and be waiting in the bleachers.
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Male 759
I live near Guy Martin. He`s the dogs danglies.

In the 90`s I actually raced the Mountain Section on Mad Sunday on a CBR600 jelly-mould.
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Male 12,365
[quote]In the last 100 years or so of this there`s been 237 deaths... or so Wikipedia tells me. When you watch this video you can see why.[/quote]

Other sources are lower. Maybe they`re only counting competitors and Wikipedia is counting casual riders as well. Or maybe Wikipedia is just wrong - there isn`t a citation for the 237 figure.

7 died this year, so 237 is believable. They`re averaging ~125mph on normal roads that aren`t very straight or flat. That`s far from safe.

It`s the modern equivalent of ancient Roman chariot racing, only with more risk and much lower prize money.

Worth it for me? No. Worth it for the competitors? Looks that way, since none of them have to do it.
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Male 2,436
They are insane on an astral plane... yet, still badass!
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Male 2,344
That is terrifyingly awesome.
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Male 3,314
What wouldn`t be worth it to me would be seeing it in person. You get a mirco-fraction of a second to try and keep your head moving with the racer you can`t identify as they speed past, and hope they don`t loose control, and take you out instead of the safety barrier!

Note, this is just FOR ME, and I have nothing against people who see value in going to these things.
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Male 299
@marcus: The reason they are allowed to go that fast is because those roads are closed down specifically for that race. There are safety precautions put in place for the viewers, and the racers have years of experience under their belts.

NOT because of the speed limits.
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Male 6,737
How cool.
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Male 1,540
Is it worth it?

drat yeah, it is. Just for the thrill of going really fast legally.
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Male 1,803
Are the risks worth it? You`d have to ask Michael Dunlop (featured in the video). His Dad was killed motorbike racing. I guess his answer would be yes. Michael Dunlop himself has crashed at the TT. As for the guy flying through the air on the mountain stretch (where they can be pushing 170mph), it was a chap called Conor Cummins last year (2010). He got a broken limb but was back racing this year.
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Male 3,081
@marcus - even if the law is still the same with regard to speed limits as when I was there, it`s not true that there are no speed limits. There are lots of local ones.... just no national speed limit set - which means if no other local speed limit is in force in a zone, then there is no limit for that section of road.

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Male 2,368
crazy bastards..God bless `em!
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Male 3,081
I was working there one year when the TT was on - a fantastic atmosphere all week, however it was marred by two deaths of professional riders.

A lot of the injuries that year happened on `Mad Sunday` when they traditionally open the course to casual riders, quite a few of whom stop off every couple of laps for a beer.

I think the law has changed since I was last there, about 7 years ago but at the time there wasn`t a national speed limit set, so on the country roads outside of Douglas you could go as fast as you wanted as long as you weren`t driving dangerously with it.
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Male 677
The reason they are allowed to go so fast is because there`s no speed limits at all on the Isle of Man.
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Male 1,083
didnt look that risky...
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Male 195
1: This brings back memories of the Sega Dreamcast game Manx TT Superbike, which took place on this very course.
2: The Isle of Man three legged crest is badass.
3: The speed + surface area of the tires on the road in the corners is insane.
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Male 12,138
In the last 100 years or so of this there`s been 237 deaths... or so Wikipedia tells me. When you watch this video you can see why.
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Male 423
Link: Insane Risks Motor Race At The Isle Of Man TT Race [Rate Link] - Insane high speed motorcycle racing on a road course in the Isle of Man. Is the risk of this kind of racing worth it?
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