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I've been thinking of doing this...

  
By:  MrFrost  •  6 months ago  •  50 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 Guide
1  author  MrFrost    6 months ago

For reference.. 

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @1    6 months ago

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

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Guide
1.1.1  author  MrFrost  replied to  devangelical @1.1    6 months 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    5 months 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    5 months 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    5 months 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    5 months 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    5 months 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    5 months 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    5 months 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...

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Expert
1.1.9  Krishna  replied to  MrFrost @1.1.1    4 months ago
They average one death per year.. It's a dangerous race for sure. 

I'm not too familiar with motorcycle racing, but you are. But obviously the odds are dying are very small.

But realistically speaking, what do you think are the odds of you completing the race alive but without serious injury?

(As I've said, I really don't know-- just curious).

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.2  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @1    5 months 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?

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.2.1  devangelical  replied to  devangelical @1.2    4 months ago

this race would be nothing more than an invitation for me to be launched into the landscaping, or worse, at 100mph...

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Guide
1.2.2  author  MrFrost  replied to  devangelical @1.2.1    4 months ago

this race would be nothing more than an invitation for me to be launched into the landscaping, or worse, at 100mph...

The more I think about it.....I don't think i'll do it. Scared? No, just not sure I am that skilled with a bike. 

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.2.3  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @1.2.2    4 months ago

it's been almost 50 years since I've displayed anything remotely close to that level of skill needed.

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
1.2.4  shona1  replied to  MrFrost @1.2.2    4 months ago

Morning Frosty..yes alot of skill would be required as I have been to the Isle of Man and walked parts of the track.. stone walls are all that will stop you on some parts of it as they are right beside the road..

Best not to be road kill..

Not my photo..

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
2  Buzz of the Orient    6 months ago

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

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
2.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    6 months ago

Usually they fly them in..

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Guide
2.2  author  MrFrost  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    6 months 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 Guide
2.3  author  MrFrost  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    5 months ago

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
2.3.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  MrFrost @2.3    5 months 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 Guide
2.3.2  author  MrFrost  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.3.1    5 months ago
I should get a Ducatti.

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

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Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
2.3.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  MrFrost @2.3.2    5 months 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    5 months ago

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

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Guide
2.3.5  author  MrFrost  replied to  devangelical @2.3.4    4 months ago

Not that goes over 30 MPH

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
3  shona1    6 months 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    6 months 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 Guide
4.1  author  MrFrost  replied to  Sparty On @4    6 months 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    6 months ago

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

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Guide
4.1.2  author  MrFrost  replied to  Sparty On @4.1.1    6 months 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    6 months ago

Looks like you need to be.    Have fun!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
4.1.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  MrFrost @4.1    5 months 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    6 months ago

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

 
 
 
Outis
Freshman Principal
6  Outis    5 months ago

A lot of riders have died in the TT.

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Silent
6.1  charger 383  replied to  Outis @6    5 months ago

Be careful Mr Frost, we do like you here

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Guide
6.1.1  author  MrFrost  replied to  charger 383 @6.1    5 months ago

Very kind of you, thanks Charger! 

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
7  CB    5 months 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 Guide
7.1  author  MrFrost  replied to  CB @7    5 months 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    5 months ago

3) if you ain’t first, yer last

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
7.1.2  CB  replied to  MrFrost @7.1    5 months 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    5 months ago

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

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Senior Guide
9  Right Down the Center    5 months ago

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

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Guide
9.1  author  MrFrost  replied to  Right Down the Center @9    5 months 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
Senior Guide
9.1.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  MrFrost @9.1    5 months ago

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

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Guide
9.1.2  author  MrFrost  replied to  Right Down the Center @9.1.1    5 months 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    5 months 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    5 months ago

Get on your bad motor scooter and ride ……

 
 
 
TᵢG
Professor Principal
12  TᵢG    4 months ago

Question One:  how much experience do you have driving a motorcycle at 120 mph?

Question Two:  how much experience do you have driving a motorcycle at high speeds for ~200 miles?

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Guide
12.1  author  MrFrost  replied to  TᵢG @12    4 months ago
Question One:  how much experience do you have driving a motorcycle at 120 mph?

Some. Grant you not a lot, cops take a dim view of stuff like that.

Question Two:  how much experience do you have driving a motorcycle at high speeds for ~200 miles?

We learn by doing. 

But... I think I have pretty much decided not to do it. 

 
 
 
TᵢG
Professor Principal
12.1.1  TᵢG  replied to  MrFrost @12.1    4 months ago

As you can tell, my advice was going to be predicated on your experience.   I would not recommend a challenging race like this unless you have worked your way up to this.

Further, I would have dissuaded you from engaging in a race with a bike that is faster, more sophisticated, and different from the one in which you are most experienced.

 
 

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