The Motorcyclist’s Guide to Britain
The Isle of Man TT race is by far the most well known and most dangerous motor sport event in the world. Stretching over 37 miles of closed public road, the skill and bravery of the riders is nothing short of extraordinary with speeds up to 200mph.
Mainline Menswear are celebrating the event which is boasting its 107 year history where thousands of racing fans flock to the island every year for the week-long competition.
We asked the team at the Isle of Man TT what the most exciting thing about the event is:
“The Isle of Man TT race is unique in that it is a time trial race that covers 37.73 miles of public road. Riders are faced with the varied experiences of running through narrow towns and villages as well as the wide open expanse of the island’s mountain section. Fans can get close to the action, sitting on hedges as riders pass at speeds of up to 200mph.”
Britain is home to some of the most spectacular and challenging roads in the world. Below are Mainline’s top roads for the ultimate motorbike enthusiast.
A537 to Buxton (The Cat & Fiddle)
The Cat & Fiddle road links together Macclesfield and Buxton. It is considered to be the most dangerous road in Britain due to the twists, turns and drops in the road. Bikers will be rewarded with fantastic views as well as the famous Cat & Fiddle Inn which is the second highest inn throughout England.
A57 (Snake Pass)
The Snake Pass is the name given to the road which crosses the Peak District between Sheffield and Manchester. The road is incredibly popular with bikers and is notably seen in the music video for ‘This Is How It Feels’ by 90’s Manchester band Inspiral Carpets.
The Evo Triangle (North Wales)
The Evo Triangle is perhaps one of the most talked about routes by motor enthusiasts. The name is derived from writers of Evo Magazine who would test new motors on the stretch across the A543/B4501/A5 in Wales.
The Forest of Bowland (Lancashire/Yorkshire)
Also known as Bowland Fells, the deep valleys and vast countryside run across a stretch of the A683 which occupies 56 miles. The Trough of Bowland is the most popular with motorcyclists.
A87 (Scottish Highlands)
Located in the Highland region of Scotland, the A87 runs for a total of 99 miles from Invergarry to the west coast of the Isle of Skye. A stunning route with sweeping bends and fantastic scenery. A must-do for those heading to Scotland.
There are many more roads and routes to explore across Britain. Mainline Menswear spoke to Sharon at THE BIKER GUIDE® who asked the readers of the site to compile their favourites, which included:
- The Hardknott Pass
- Bala to Trawsfynydd in Snowdonia
- The Applecross Pass in The Highlands
- The dark hedges at Armoy in County Antrim
- …and “any road that can be driven so long as I have my bike!”
Safety Tips for Motorcyclists
The Isle of Man TT race is renowned as one of the most dangerous and deadly sporting events in the world due to the high racing speeds that are reached as well as the twisting roads which are lined with stone walls and buildings. Between 1907 and 2013 there have been 240 rider deaths. Safety is essential.
1) Ride well within your means and capabilities while keeping everything smooth and in control.
2) Never assume that the driver indicating to turn across your path has seen you. Imagine you are invisible to other road users and ride accordingly.
3) Always wear the best quality protective kit you can afford.
4) Ride like you have the most important person in your life on the pillion seat, you will ride differently!
What are the dangers of driving with unsafe tyres?
Driving with unsafe tyres is huge risk, especially on a motorcycle.
In under-inflated, tyres will not only wear out quicker but they will also be at a greater risk of overheating which can lead to a rapid failure. Under, and over-inflation will also affect the handling of your bike and may make it potentially unstable.
Poor tread depth means that your tyres will not be able to evacuate water from the road surface properly and could therefore lead to a loss of grip in wet conditions.
Condition problems such as cuts in the tyre or bulges in the sidewall could indicate or lead to major damage of the tyre’s internal components which again can lead to a serious tyre failure.
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