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I've been thinking of doing this...

  
By:  MrFrost  •  3 weeks ago  •  41 comments


I've been thinking of doing this...
Should I?

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The Isle of man TT is an epic race, by time...I am about to turn 56 years old....and I am thinking of doing it. Thoughts?


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MrFrost
Professor Expert
1  author  MrFrost    3 weeks ago

For reference.. 

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @1    3 weeks ago

go for it. even in a worst case scenario, it'll only hurt for a fraction of a second.

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
1.1.1  author  MrFrost  replied to  devangelical @1.1    3 weeks ago

go for it. even in a worst case scenario, it'll only hurt for a fraction of a second.

They average one death per year.. It's a dangerous race for sure. 

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1.2  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @1.1.1    3 weeks ago

it sure looks like a lot of airtime, at those speeds, and on those roads, no thanks. shattered a helmet 44 years ago and haven't been on one since. learned on a honda trail 90 about 57 years ago, that's probably pushing my limitations now. I try to avoid activities that have the potential for terminal conclusions.

 
 
 
Drakkonis
Professor Guide
1.1.3  Drakkonis  replied to  MrFrost @1.1.1    2 weeks ago
They average one death per year.. It's a dangerous race for sure.

If you have the skill for this sort of thing, go for it, but it also needs to be considered how a bad turn of events might affect those closest to you in your life. Hate to be a downer, but that should be a factor as well. 

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1.4  devangelical  replied to  Drakkonis @1.1.3    2 weeks ago

yeah, maybe he should wear a cross around his neck ...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
1.1.5  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @1.1.4    2 weeks ago

Not just a cross but a crucifix and a rosary that's been blessed by the Pope

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1.6  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.5    2 weeks ago

sorry, I'm not up on all the religious requirements for safety and salvation...

wouldn't it be easier to find a local mackerel snapper supervisor to sprinkle some tap water on the bike?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
1.1.7  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @1.1.6    2 weeks ago

probably but Iike the crucifix and rosary as added protection

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1.8  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.7    2 weeks ago

yeah, there's nothing like a string of plastic beads and a rendition of god's kid nailed to one end of a clothesline post to keep one safe...

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.2  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @1    2 weeks ago

I looked at some stats on this race. 37+ mile laps at 135+ mph average for 16+ minutes. how many practice laps do you get? are the races 3 laps or 6 laps, or are the number of laps based on the race type?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
2  Buzz of the Orient    3 weeks ago

What kind of bike do you have, and how do you get it there?

 
 
 
shona1
PhD Quiet
2.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    3 weeks ago

Usually they fly them in..

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
2.2  author  MrFrost  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    3 weeks ago

I have a 2022 Yamaha MT-07, but it would not work for the race, I would need to purchase something with much more top end. 

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
2.3  author  MrFrost  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    2 weeks ago

512

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
2.3.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  MrFrost @2.3    2 weeks ago

Looks fast to me.  I never had a motorcycle, and in fact I don't remember ever even riding on one.  When I vacationed in Bermuda once I rented a motorized bicycle and crashed it, so maybe that turned me off.  Later on, a biker friend in Toronto told me I should get a Ducatti.

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
2.3.2  author  MrFrost  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.3.1    2 weeks ago
I should get a Ducatti.

That's my, "someday", bike...they're beautiful...

800

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
2.3.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  MrFrost @2.3.2    2 weeks ago

Looks expensive.

I think you should buy it and race that race

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
2.3.4  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.3.3    2 weeks ago

looks uncomfortable. do they have anything that's recumbent?

 
 
 
shona1
PhD Quiet
3  shona1    3 weeks ago

Evening Frosty...go for it!!!.

You only live once and if it is something you really want to do absolutely..

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
4  Sparty On    3 weeks ago

Wow, crazy.    

Seems like a young man’s race but hey, like Shona said.    You only live once.

Whats it take to qualify? 

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
4.1  author  MrFrost  replied to  Sparty On @4    3 weeks ago

honestly I'm not sure but I believe they have a "seniors" race.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
4.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  MrFrost @4.1    3 weeks ago

Then go for it.     Just don’t end up a skid mark jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
4.1.2  author  MrFrost  replied to  Sparty On @4.1.1    3 weeks ago

Apparently to "qualify", you just fill out the application form and pay a small fee. Who knows, maybe i'll give it a shot...

Not bragging but I am a fairly skilled rider. 

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
4.1.3  Sparty On  replied to  MrFrost @4.1.2    3 weeks ago

Looks like you need to be.    Have fun!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
4.1.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  MrFrost @4.1    2 weeks ago

You, my friend, are not a senior. I don't care what AARP tells you

I just turned 62 and I feel pretty good since I had a spinal ablation

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Silent
5  charger 383    3 weeks ago

If you like it, have the means, skill and time go for it while you can!  Have fun.  

 
 
 
Outis
Freshman Expert
6  Outis    3 weeks ago

A lot of riders have died in the TT.

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Silent
6.1  charger 383  replied to  Outis @6    3 weeks ago

Be careful Mr Frost, we do like you here

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
6.1.1  author  MrFrost  replied to  charger 383 @6.1    2 weeks ago

Very kind of you, thanks Charger! 

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
7  CB    2 weeks ago

Mr. Frost, why do you want to do this? (I lost. . . someone. . . to a superbike accident back in the Eighties and it changed the course of my life. . . as it turned out.) So can you tell us what is compelling you? Can I be so bold as to ask if its (one last) attempt at "fleeting" youth? Or something larger like a recapture of your youth? 

If so, friend Frost, be aware of this important thing: We, people our age/s do not heal as well or at all with certain physical maladies once caught or diminished. Also, there is the problem of damaging limb/s and the dreaded arthritis pain that becomes chronic pain fact of life for people who break bones and 'stuff.' You stated you have been riding for years. . . so I see the attraction. . . but, but, are you in good physical shape now?

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
7.1  author  MrFrost  replied to  CB @7    2 weeks ago

1) Because I can.

2) Because I love to go fast.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
7.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  MrFrost @7.1    2 weeks ago

3) if you ain’t first, yer last

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
7.1.2  CB  replied to  MrFrost @7.1    2 weeks ago

My friend used to say its the power. . . (I never forgot those words) then, go for it because you only live once inwardly and outwardly.  And if not now-when?

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
8  Ed-NavDoc    2 weeks ago

Go for it Frosty and enjoy! You probably did more dangerous stuff in the Marine Corps.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Junior Guide
9  Right Down the Center    2 weeks ago

Any "mini" versions of it you could try to see if you wanted to graduate to the "big times"?

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
9.1  author  MrFrost  replied to  Right Down the Center @9    2 weeks ago

Any "mini" versions of it you could try to see if you wanted to graduate to the "big times"?

Not really, the race is unique. You race the clock which gives me an out to not push it too hard. For sure I have no delusions that I would ever win the race, but it would be fun to participate.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Junior Guide
9.1.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  MrFrost @9.1    2 weeks ago

Go for it, just remember your limitations.  Sorry if I sound like your parents.

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
9.1.2  author  MrFrost  replied to  Right Down the Center @9.1.1    2 weeks ago

Go for it, just remember your limitations.  Sorry if I sound like your parents.

Not at all, good advice! 

 
 
 
evilone
Professor Guide
10  evilone    2 weeks ago

Well let us know how it turns out. It's way too fast for me. I have a scooter that tops out at 35 mph.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
11  Sparty On    2 weeks ago

Get on your bad motor scooter and ride ……

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