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Martin Fitz-Gibbons

Martin Fitz-Gibbons is a rider, writer, and a co-host of Front End Chatterist Podcast.

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Front End Chatter #101
Front End Chatter
Hello and welcome to the podcast they said would never happen – 'they' being 'us' – yes, it's Front End Chatter E101 – the one hundred and one-est motorcycling podgasm in the world.  And thanks as ever to the munificent and mellifluous melodians of motorcycling, Bikesocial.co.uk, and the brains behind the beauty, Bennetts the bike insurance specialists.  In E101 we have:  • our biking Room 101s (as suggested by Mian Cowell but whom I suspect we forgot to credit!) including:    – Steppenwolf    – Polite vests     – riding certificates     – the good old days      – PR    – track tyre pressure obsession    – moaning about other riders' kit • plus! all the fact -free opinions from Silverstone MotoGP (which, yes, seems like a long time ago but was only last weekend ffs) • opinion about new bikes, including Triumph's Daytona 765, Honda's 1100 Africa Twin, and Triumph's Tiger 900... and a radical guess at Suzuki's 2020 range...  • plus #2 – emails on topics as diverse as: • helmet HUDs • heated visors • how a KTM 1290 and 1050 have the same gearing apart from top gear • best sub-500cc second bike for a short all-year commute • why learning to ride in your 30s might save biking • what are wire crash barriers all about?  • best underwear for hot weather and long distances All this and much more, so give FEC a go! Thanks again to Bennetts and Bikesocial.co.uk, thanks to you for listening (please continue to spread the words!), thanks to all race commentators everywhere for giving us free plugs, and get FEC on Twitter @SimonHbikes and @Mufga.   
Front End Chatter #100
Front End Chatter
Hello and welcome to.... THE FECTACULAR!  Yes, this is the century, the big one-zero-zero, the 100-not-out, the five-score... and widely rumoured to be the last ever Front End Chatter podcast with him, Martin Fitz-Gibbons, and him, Simon Hargreaves, loins girded by the veritable cod-piece of motorcycling on the web, bikesocial.co.uk, and Bennetts, the bike insurance specialists. And in this very special live-in-front-of-an-audience-in-the-canteen-at-Cadwell-Parkingtons (although we sound like we're actually in the toilet; do we look like sound engineers?) we have: MotoGP from Red Bull Ring Pull in Austria in which Mark Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso swapped paint atoms until on of them won, and Johann Zarco agreed to a split at the end of the season with KTM – because obviously it won’t go any further south before then, will it? Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 and KTM 70 Adventure R on the MCN250 test route (but at a track day, we’re kinda preaching to the unconvertible) the best upgrade from a GSR750 for a bit more comfort and more miles what categories of bike are missing from the modern range, and what’s biking’s next big ‘thing’? are brake lever protectors or bark busters best for clipping car mirrors during filtering? what’s a Moto Morini Milano, and is it like a Triumph Hinckley or KTM Mattighofen? what’s our biggest biking disappointment? is the future of the TT safe? And was it safe in 1998? ...and much, much, a bit, more! Thanks to everyone who came along to Cadwell to make the FECtacular truly special, and contributed to a small moment of something. And if you’ve downloaded Front End Chatter in the last five years, thank you. Thanks also to bikesocial.co.uk and Bennetts for their enduring good humour and tolerance of a pair of chattering idiots, and please download Front End Chatter via bennetts.co.uk/bikesocial/news-and-views/features/podcasts We’re on Twitter at @Mufga and @SimonHbikes, and occasionally elsewhere... See your ears for FEC101 soon... or will we? Yeah, go on then.
Front End Chatter #99
Front End Chatter
Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter Episode 99, the Nearly-But-Not-Quite episode brought to your ears in cahoots with the best biking website on the, er, web – bikesocial.co.uk – and the best biking insurers in the, er, universe, Bennetts. And for your delectation: remarkable Mark Marquez marks his all-time record-equalling 58th pole position at Brno by qualifying with the biggest margin in the modern MotoGP era... ...although technically and mathematically, there’s still a chance Hafizh Syahrin could still take the title... ...but anyway, MotoGP is boring now because the same guy keeps winning all the time so we’re all going to watch WSB instead... ...or maybe we should watch BSB, with Scotch Redding still leading the championship after Thruxton, but by less, from Josh Brookes, not that it matters because, basically, Showdown... ...although we only needed to watch the last lap at the Suzuka 8hr because for 7hrs 57mins some bikes went round the track until Jonny Rea fell off and then won in the restaurant. PLUS! an audio review of Moto Guzzi’s V85 TT ridden for 1000 miles in 35°C AND! Your emails, including... Triumphs are still reliable with a few new bikes now coming with an SP (or R) version with uprated suspension, would it be worth buying the standard-suspended model instead and spending the difference getting it uprated by an aftermarket suspension specialist? how far does Mufga need to shove the drugs up his... oh, you had to be there, really... which used naked bike to upgrade from an Aprilia Shiver 750: Ducati Streetfighter 848, Monster 1200, Aprilia Tuono V4 or Triumph Street Triple RS? Or Speed Triple, even? would you rather have a perfect bike from a shitty dealer, or a bike with a few teething troubles from a really good dealer? is a late-1990s GSX-R SRAD750 or 600 still a good sportsbike today? Or is there something better from the same era? DO NOT MOCK THE MIGHTY DEAUVILLE... please ...and much, much more. No, really, even more. Thanks for listening! Please come to FEC#100, live at Cadwell Park near Louth, Lincs, on Tuesday Aug 13th email your thoughts, questions and comments to FEC100@frontendchatter.com or why not record us a FEC#100 message? Just a simple “Please stop, again!” would suffice... visit www.bikesocial.co.uk for your motorcycling news, stories, fun and frolicking about go get your insurance from Bennetts book yourself on the FECtacular/FECstival on 13th August at Cadwell Park follow @SimonHbikes and @Mufga on the Twitters, Instas etc and hello to Mr and Mrs Preston  
Front End Chatter #98
Front End Chatter
Hello and welcome to Front End Chatter Episode 98, the One Less Than Jorge episode, verbalised and spuffed into noughts and ones with the roadside assistance of bikesocial.co.uk and their insuring overlords Bennetts, the bike insurance guys and gals. And it’s a short and sweet episode this week, as we clear the FECsack in preparation for FEC100 (live at Cadwell Park near Louth, Lincs, on Tuesday Aug 13th), including: Mufga gets tugged by the Fuzz Why milking snail mucin for facials is a real thing WSB from the corkscrewy Laguna Se-ca, and the revelation pit lanes the world over are, entirely not in fact, named after Brad Pitt BSB from Snettingham Parks and the revelation Scotch Reading-not-from-Reading can’t half pedal a bike round a circuit he’s not seen before, but when is a jump start not a jump start would you beat Marquez on a road bike, first time out, down your favourite road? would WSB be livened-up by forcing winning riders to change teams? when is an oil flag not an oil flag? airbags – are they pointless out in the random environment on the road, away from predictable race track crashes? Or are they genuinely useful in certain road crashes? why is MotoGP’s video pass 30% more expensive in the UK than, say, France? should corporate greed be regulated? what’s a good, all-weather, non-dissolving London commuter bike for £3k? more from happy, hassle-free Triumph owners (but not Mufga) ...and a bit more. Thanks for listening! email your thoughts, questions and comments to FEC100@frontendchatter.com • or why not record us a FEC100 message? Just a simple “Please stop!” would suffice... visit www.bikesocial.co.uk for your motorcycling news, stories, fun and frolicking about go get your insurance from Bennetts book yourself on the FECtacular/FECstival on 13th August at Cadwell Park follow @SimonHbikes and @Mufga on the Twitters, Instas etc    
Front End Chatter #97
Front End Chatter
Apologies for the late arrival of FEC#97 – delayed by unexpected items in the bagging area – but now it’s here, let’s tuck in! Brought to you as always by the furiously febrile funkateers at bikesocial.co.uk and the bike-insuring bike insurers Bennetts, this week’s regurgitation of previously held opinions includes: MotoGP (remember that?) round-up from Assen and Sachsenring, including neck braces, tankslappers, youngsters v old ’uns, should JL99 and/or VR46 retire, who’ll take ZR5’s place at KTM, and who’ll replace MCN race reporter now he’s taken the gig as PR blerk for Petronas Yamaha? with Rea overturning Dave Bautista’s lead in WSB, does he still think his ZX-10R is “like taking a knife to a gunfight”? MotoE’s first race – pointless comedy, the future, or both?  PLUS! Listeners’ emails, including: do leathers and other items of bike kit have a safety lifespan, and what’s best to clean them? living proof back protectors are worth wearing all the time... why are the roads in the Fens so bad? has Scott Redding done enough to justify a ride in WSB next year... but will it actually pay more than he’s already getting in BSB? has BTSport’s coverage of MotoGP been successful? Chinese 125 retros: stylish or not? And why don’t the big manufacturers build such stripped-back bikes? ...and should we make an ethical choice not to buy bikes from China, given their human rights record? ...and introducing our new bike-buying advice section, VFECR800 Corner, including: what’s the best big £3k sporty bike for a big sporty bloke, upgrading from a ZX-6R? what’s the best £4k second bike alongside a Daytona 675 for two-up weekend touring? what’s the best bike to replace a Husqvarna 701 Supermoto and a Triumph Tiger 800? what’s the best bike to deliver top-endy, rev-happy thrashable thrills instead of single-gear flexibility? What’s the best cheap track-day bike to suit a 6-footer for a £2k? Thanks for listening! email your thoughts, questions and comments to anything@frontendchatter.com visit www.bikesocial.co.uk for your biking fix get your insurance from Bennetts AND! book yourself on the FECtacular/FECstival on 13th August at Cadwell Park – places still available!  ...and follow @SimonHbikes and @Mufga on the Twitters, Instas etc        
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102
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
5 days, 19 hours