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The Motorbike Show

By Peter Skilton | 310 days ago

There’s a lot more to motorbikes than flat-out, knee-down racing. Following the Isle of Man TT ITV shows a different, and safer, side to life on two wheels


The Motorbike Show
Wednesday, June 12, 9pm
Repeated Saturday, June 15, 8pm



Every weekend motorbike riders around the world don their helmets, mount their motorbikes and head off in pursuit of the open road or track. Some riders take part in races, some cruise along open highways and others explore the hidden corners of the world. But there’s a lot more to it than you might think.


For those not up on the motorbike scene, it’s not just about racing, as you might be led to believe from the regular TV coverage of Moto GP, Superbikes and the annual Isle of Man TT. And that’s what The Motorbike Show aims to get across as it explores every avenue of life on two wheels.


Motorbikes have come a long way since their primitive beginnings at the turn of the 20th century. What started as a bicycle with an engine has become one of the world’s most popular modes of transport. It’s not all grease and oil, though. There’s a lot of tech in the latest bikes, which are increasingly embracing modern trends. So much so that there’s even a class for zero-emission, electric bikes at the Isle of Man TT.


Presented by motorbike enthusiast Henry Cole, The Motorbike Show starts its latest series looking at sidecar racing, before moving to the much slower but equally difficult trials riding with 12-time world champion Dougie Lampkin. Embracing the culture of bikes in its entirety means there’s a look at the history of the crash helmet, as well as reviews on new bikes hitting the roads, from learner-legal, 125cc commuter bikes to tarmac-shredding superbikes. It’s available in HD so the Alpine passes, inter-state routes or Welsh mountains, even the workshop, come alive.


As fuel costs rise, roads become more congested and second cars become a luxury it’s no surprise that more people are turning to motorbikes for cheap, quick and easy transport. If you’re not yet convinced by the thrill of two wheels, you soon will be.


Peter Skilton writes for Stuff magazine


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