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Old 05-31-2018, 08:58 AM
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Dan Kneen was the 147th rider to die in the TT over the 111 years it's been run.

Having watched it many times in utter amazement, I'm surprised the number isn't higher.

Motorcycle racer Dan Kneen killed in world's deadliest race Fox News
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Surprisingly low death count considering.
on bucket list go and see.
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That race was one of my brother in laws bucket list races. After a crash at Daytona when my sister was pregnant with their 1st child and he couldn't remember her name, she put an end to that. I get scared at times watching that race, I couldn't imagine the pucker factor of cresting a hill at 140 mph and both tires becoming airborne.....surprised they don't run sidecars just to haul their massive balls of steel.
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Watching that race gives me the willies. As a rider, I hate watching them crash, because they are all serious. Very few just get up and walk away, like you would see in MotoGP.

On another note, I was in Ocean City this weekend and pulled up to 77th St. about 5 seconds after a Yamaha R6, who was lane splitting doing about 80 mph, hit a Buick SUV. The rider was folded in half, under the SUV. Guy was 43 years old, too. It is not pleasant to see the human body do things, it wasn't made to do.

My son, unbeknownst to me, took video but I will not post it. One of the worst things I've seen.
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I've ridden most of my life and I don't have near enough nerve to ride like that. Special kind of crazy.
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I have watched the race on cable. Scary.
would love to go watch.
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I have heard of suicide by cop. This sounds like suicide by motorcycle race.
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They are a different breed for sure.

No wrecks in this, just some wiggles. The first is a pooper.

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One brutal race....


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I’ve raced on a lot of tracks. I never felt the desire to do that one. Those guys are insane.
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Damn, another one...……..

Second rider killed during dangerous Isle of Man TT motorcycle races | Fox News
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For anyone that has ridden a super bike at close too two hundred miles an hour you understand the rush. I've been airborne at over seventy miles an hour and when you land the head shake is scary. I sold the bike because I don't have limits and the kid I sold the bike to died two weeks later.
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Around 2002-2004 we used to run the Deegan, Taconic, Sprain Brook, Bear Mountain, etc. just like this. I'm amazed most of us survived. I gave it up around the time our 3rd or 4th friend died (well into the triple digits). Then it became only track days all over the Northeast. I can only imagine a fighter jet being the next bigger rush.

Sad to see because nobody wants to die like that but dancing on the edge is one of the sweetest drugs.
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I have watched the race many times, I’m always amazed at the skills and riding at the edge. You really have to see it to understand.
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I grew up in dragboats including family that ran topfuel, I've piloted several bass boats and other single engine outboards well over 100mph. Many guys that race on land call boat racers the true nuts. But these TT racers, those guys are a special breed... of WHAT I'm not sure! Doing 150-200 on a bike is one thing, doing it down a twisty, narrow, building/spectator/rockwall lined road is entirely another level of insanity! I've owned and ridden many powerful bikes but hanging it out like those guys for that long, it's not so much a race as it is an event of survival. Two dead in the last few days including one that was raised and lived there?


As American's we simply cannot fathom such a deadly event. Lawsuits and any host of "anti-reasons" would've stopped such a race many years ago here in America. BUT as morbid as it may seem, it's refreshing and strangely reassuring that at least SOMEWHERE on this planet, man isn't protected from himself by govts., laws and naysayers whims. This race truly is "the razors edge" and obviously there are a few who still wish to dance on that edge and many more who want to sit inches away and watch the spectacle.

Cool... crazy but cool!

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Today's Superbike's are frighteningly fast, even for an experienced rider. New technology can lead you into a false sense of security, like wheelie control, traction control, etc., which allows the rider an easier path to approach the limits of the machine. I was hit 3 times in my younger years, but didn't give up riding until I hit an object on a winding, mountain road in Ireland, and was directed smartly into a rock wall. Luckily I got away with a torn ACL. My last two bikes were Ducati's, as I've always had a love affair with their earlier bikes. The new Ducati's are rocket ships, and there's just no way I'd trust myself on one of them. Those guys that run the Isle of Man are from another planet.
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Originally Posted by HatchieLuvr View Post
I grew up in dragboats including family that ran topfuel, I've piloted several bass boats and other single engine outboards well over 100mph. Many guys that race on land call boat racers the true nuts. But these TT racers, those guys are a special breed... of WHAT I'm not sure! Doing 150-200 on a bike is one thing, doing it down a twisty, narrow, building/spectator/rockwall lined road is entirely another level of insanity! I've owned and ridden many powerful bikes but hanging it out like those guys for that long, it's not so much a race as it is an event of survival. Two dead in the last few days including one that was raised and lived there?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRWp9rhfS_0

As American's we simply cannot fathom such a deadly event. Lawsuits and any host of "anti-reasons" would've stopped such a race many years ago here in America. BUT as morbid as it may seem, it's refreshing and strangely reassuring that at least SOMEWHERE on this planet, man isn't protected from himself by govts., laws and naysayers whims. This race truly is "the razors edge" and obviously there are a few who still wish to dance on that edge and many more who want to sit inches away and watch the spectacle.

Cool... crazy but cool!
That's a great video. Another amazing thing is they have to memorize 35+- miles of road.

Some of the spectators are as crazy as the riders.
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I hate to even suggest it but I will...…..the Isle of Man TT should be slowed or discontinued. There are just too many fatalities, unlike the rest of global motorcycle racing which is actually fairly safe statistically. It's not a track.
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They choose to do it.
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I get it. I chose to do a lot of stupid shit too. It's just that race organizers and track owners go above and beyond to provide venues that are as safe as possible. The course at Man just isn't very safe. I hate seeing brave young people die.

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