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Date: 12/06/11 02:14 PM

59 Responses to Insane Risks Motor Race At The Isle Of Man TT Race

  1. Profile photo of NOCASH
    NOCASH Male 18-29
    423 posts
    December 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm
    Link: Insane Risks Motor Race At The Isle Of Man TT Race - 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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    davymid Male 30-39
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    December 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    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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    DeanoBoz Male 40-49
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    December 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm
    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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    uatme Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm
    didnt look that risky...
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    marcus2 Male 13-17
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    December 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm
    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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    Listypoos Male 40-49
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    December 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm
    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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    DromEd Male 40-49
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    December 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm
    crazy bastards..God bless `em!
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    Listypoos Male 40-49
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    December 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm
    @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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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
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    December 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm
    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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    Thetas Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    Is it worth it?

    drat yeah, it is. Just for the thrill of going really fast legally.
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    December 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm
    How cool.
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    mr_c_bowler Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm
    @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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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    December 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    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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    ryan99 Male 13-17
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    December 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm
    That is terrifyingly awesome.
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    mykunter Male 40-49
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    December 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    They are insane on an astral plane... yet, still badass!
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    December 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm
    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.

    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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    RdDan Male 30-39
    759 posts
    December 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm
    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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    frenchroast Male 30-39
    446 posts
    December 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm
    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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    Seak Male 18-29
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    December 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm
    What actually scares me is how close those people get to watch.
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    DJL Male 30-39
    134 posts
    December 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm
    Looks like a fun way to die.
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    flyingpie Male 13-17
    472 posts
    December 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm
    that has to be the biggest adrenaline rush on earth
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    Sloppy1 Male 18-29
    267 posts
    December 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm
    Sooooo sick, getting a new bike in Spring :D
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    test-user564 Male 18-29
    491 posts
    December 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    @frenchroast i doubt very many will be intact.
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    December 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm
    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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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    December 7, 2011 at 12:30 am
    HOLY SH*T!
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    bataleon27 Male 18-29
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    December 7, 2011 at 1:36 am
    @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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    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
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    December 7, 2011 at 3:32 am
    balls of steels!
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
    5879 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 3:34 am
    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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    heavypred Male 30-39
    249 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 4:07 am
    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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    NOCASH Male 18-29
    423 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 4:14 am
    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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    rourkiejr Female 18-29
    20 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 4:47 am
    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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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 6:28 am
    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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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
    3348 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 6:54 am
    Looks like even some of the spectator areas are dangerous.
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    PinkRhoid Male 18-29
    1239 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 6:55 am
    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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    uhmerikin Male 18-29
    876 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 6:59 am
    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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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 9:08 am
    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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    osirisascend Male 40-49
    3039 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 10:01 am
    Probably the most dangerous event in all motorsports.
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    MattPrince Male 40-49
    2220 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 10:17 am
    Aww Mcgovern whats up - your little piece not bringing the girls in?

    Maybe you should get a bike?


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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 10:27 am
    @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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    bex753 Male 40-49
    221 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 10:30 am
    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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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 10:33 am
    Goes to show "Bravery and stupidity go hand in hand."
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    burbclaver Male 50-59
    878 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 11:16 am
    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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    fraggler0ck Male 18-29
    1 post
    December 7, 2011 at 11:26 am
    the manx gp is better, basically the same but with vintage bikes
  44. Profile photo of NOCASH
    NOCASH Male 18-29
    423 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    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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    thehitcher Male 18-29
    237 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    scheisse O_O
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm
    @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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    fps_will Male 18-29
    102 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm
    That is crazy, i love taking my bike out on a sunday ride, but that is suicide.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm
    I like the part where the guy died...

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

    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!!

    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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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm
    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??

    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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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm
    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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    Listypoos Male 40-49
    3069 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm
    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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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm
    You`re not going to get a license to have a working machine gun, for example.

    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.

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

    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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    Solarmew Female 18-29
    119 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 5:49 pm
    $hit`s crazy X.x
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    intrigid Male 18-29
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    December 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm
    LOL at 3:16 - 3:18
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    adam432823 Male 30-39
    262 posts
    December 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm
    What the drat are you babbling about?
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    MrAtari Male 40-49
    1562 posts
    December 8, 2011 at 12:52 am
    Racing for the Darwin award!
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    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    December 8, 2011 at 6:47 am
    @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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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    December 8, 2011 at 10:40 am
    @MattPrince

    I think they call that a deathwish.
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    Quaribea Female 40-49
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    December 10, 2011 at 10:16 am
    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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