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Isle Of Man Onboard

Hits: 4872 | Rating: (3.0) | Category: Sports | Added by: piperfawn
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SnoopyBG
Male, 18-29, Europe
 648 Posts
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:34:08 AM
@Nickel2
How many skiiers are there in Europe every year?
How many TT competitors?

Wendypants
Female, 30-39, Canada
 2090 Posts
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 6:16:57 AM
Why not both?

Nickel2
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4479 Posts
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:50:11 AM
As a matter of interest to the 'moaners about death and danger'. When I was last on the Island, there were more people killed in skiing accidents in Europe in one year, than competitors killed racing in all of the TT races since they began.
Skiing:
Idiot or Brave?
Adrenaline rush!

Nickel2
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4479 Posts
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:44:11 AM
1983-1987. (ahem)

Nickel2
Male, 50-59, Europe
 4479 Posts
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:31:33 AM
I did the IOM TT in 1984-1987 as a spectator; 3 yrs on an XS850, 2yrs on an FJ1200. It is an absolute hoot, a buzz, and a celebration of life as an adrenaline-junkie. The racing, beer, nightlife, etc make it something that has to be done.
Do not expect any level of sophistication, except by the competitors. The 'competition' is a time trial: The riders set off at regular intervals, and race against the clock to try to beat previous records and be better than the next man/woman.
One of the best things about the riders is that there are few Prima-donnas; they stay in your hotel/guest-house/B&B, eat breakfast with you in the morning and drink beer with you after the racing is over.
Brave? No.
Idiot? No.
Adrenaline junkie? Yes.

ferdyfred
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10555 Posts
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:59:07 AM
Love the TT races its on my bucket list to go see
One of the last mad bad genuine races left in the world which is legit

onoffonoffon
Male, 30-39, Western US
 2110 Posts
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:40:29 AM
That was one sweet running bike!

Fwoggie2
Male, 30-39, Europe
 1754 Posts
Monday, June 17, 2013 11:34:27 PM
It's the TT race, and right then I think you were watching (most of the time) the arse of Michael Dunlop who this year had almost a total clean sweep of the races (he missed out on the big one). Asked why they do it, they said it's because of the buzz. It's a bit like some military people I know who say you don't really know what it's like to feel alive until you're being shot at.

Sadly with the TT though it does remain highly dangerous and people do get killed; this year a Japanese rider was killed when he came off his bike at something like 130mph.

These people aren't idiots, they're professional motorbike racers, with most of the top people belonging to professional race teams that are fully kitted out and spend $000,000's a year.

Now if you want to see crazy, try watching the side cars do it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPwRskMuaEc<

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 13855 Posts
Monday, June 17, 2013 9:27:31 PM
Idiot or brave?

I'm going with idiot here.

Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 12128 Posts
Monday, June 17, 2013 9:02:02 PM
It's good that there are still racing venues where people are free to defy likely death to compete. It's bad that anyone actually shows up to compete or watch.

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 13285 Posts
Monday, June 17, 2013 8:04:52 PM
They close the roads yes but what happens when a bike doing almost 200 hits some ones house?

piperfawn
Male, 30-39, Europe
 3884 Posts
Monday, June 17, 2013 7:51:46 PM
Also if the road is closed every year someone die. Hmm it seems me a little bit idiotic.

drips
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 886 Posts
Monday, June 17, 2013 6:35:57 PM
I'd say doing stuff like that during closed-road races is both brave and very courteous. The idiots are the ones who do it on public roads.

carmium
Female, 50-59, Canada
 6401 Posts
Monday, June 17, 2013 6:19:59 PM
TT races?

McGovern1981
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 13285 Posts
Monday, June 17, 2013 5:43:00 PM
Stupid impressive but very stupid possible death for a trophy.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 24838 Posts
Monday, June 17, 2013 4:42:30 PM
It's a closed road: they're in a race!

Pretty brave. Going fast on 2 wheels is always dangerous.

mykunter
Male, 40-49, Southern US
 2257 Posts
Monday, June 17, 2013 4:20:48 PM
No, just a little bit of crazy though...

Doesn't somebody die every year doing this event?

basketkase
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1183 Posts
Monday, June 17, 2013 4:17:49 PM
why would they be idiots?

kingdomCome
Male, 18-29, Europe
 336 Posts
Monday, June 17, 2013 3:54:47 PM
These guys know every turn, curve, bump and dip. Stupidity doesn't come into it.
Stupid doesn't get to go that fast.

Sloppy1
Male, 18-29, Canada
 269 Posts
Monday, June 17, 2013 3:51:08 PM
Brave riders doing what they love. Best bike race on the planet

piperfawn
Male, 30-39, Europe
 3884 Posts
Monday, June 17, 2013 3:33:32 PM
Link: Isle Of Man Onboard [Rate Link] - Idiot or brave?


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