Motorcycle Live 2019 : Gallery

Motorcycle Live 2019
Motorcycle Live 2019

Motorcycle Live returns to the NEC, Birmingham in 2019 from 16th – 24th November 2019, so at the time of writing you still have time to visit the show and I can easily recommend that you do visit the show.

Official Motorcycle Live Website

I have reviewed the Motorcycle Live Exhibition a number of times of already – so have a look at them if you are undecided on your attendance. In summary though I have been going since 2014 and that trip requires getting up before 3am to make my flight and not getting home to around 11pm. That should be enough to make anyone think it is worth checking out – but let’s put it simply – it is a day walking about looking at bikes, talking about bikes, spending money on bikes or at least thinking about how you would spend money on bikes – how else would you rather spend a cold, damp November’s day?

Just for reference in case anyone – cough BMW Motorrad cough – is feeling generous this is now top of my wish list…

BMW R Nine T GS Urban 'Option 719'
BMW R Nine T GS Urban ‘Option 719’

Previous MotorcycleLive Resources :

Motorcycle Live 2014 : Includes the first pics of the new Africa Twin – that was exciting and a dyne testing of the Kawasaki H2

Motorcycle Live 2015 : A gallery

Motorcycle Live 2017 : MCL in a Day – from Northern Ireland : A detailed review on the event as a traveller – getting flights, getting fed, getting round the show and getting back to Northern Ireland all for about £50 – and this is still the method I use.

Motorcycle Live 2018 : A detailed review on the event with some highlights picked out – from Best Display – to Most Wanted – to Bike that Got Me Thinking.

Back to Motorcycle Live 2019 :

At the bottom of this post you will find my full Motorcycle Live 2019 Gallery, but it is worth checking out my Instagram for a regular boost of Motorcycles | Technology | Photography – I would really appreciate the follow.

TBNI.Blog Instagram
TBNI.Blog Instagram

A few other bikes really caught my attention – this Suzuki DR800S has 5 miles on the clock!

Suzuki DR800S
Suzuki DR800S

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Apple TV+ 1 Year Free Trial Not Showing Up?

Apple TV+ launched on 1st November 2019, and if you purchased an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod Touch or Mac (iMac, MacBook Air / Pro, iMac etc) after 10th September 2019 then you will be eligible for an Apple TV+ 1 Year Free Trial!

NOTE : You only have a limited time to take up this offer. I believe that limited time is 3 months so do not hang about too long.

However some users are reporting that when they go into their Apple TV app on their device it seems to only be offering 7 days of a trial – then the billing starts at £4.99 / month.

There is a very easy work around for this issue (I was one such user who experienced this).

Apple TV+ 1 Year Free
Apple TV+ 1 Year Free

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2020 Isle of Man TT Schedule

The 2020 Isle of Man TT Schedule has been released and we have all the important dates and times to help you plan your trip, or if you can’t make it to the island at least you will know what time to tune into Manx Radio to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

Peter Hickman at the Isle of Man TT Races
Peter Hickman at the Isle of Man TT Races

Two things of note though.  The first may actually benefit you if you are heading over for practice week from Dublin – the first scheduled practices are now on the Sunday of Practice week. Traditionally the first day of practice was Saturday, however the first 2020  session will now be on Sunday 31st May afternoon – so if you are on that Dublin sailing think sharp – get off the boat and you will hopefully catch some Sunday qualifying.

Secondly – and sadly – there will be no TT Zero qualifying or racing in 2020 and 2021.  The class has been dropped for two years, allegedly to ‘allow development’.  TT Zero has been running for a decade and the electric machines from Mugen are responsible for a 121.824mph lap.  I get that the entry is low and also that the Mugen will win, but still, TT Zero showed innovation and look at that lap time!  I fully understand that many argue passionately that a TT Zero win shouldn’t really be counted as a TT win.  I am all for opinions, but that opinion is one I’ll just have to disagree with. It may ‘only‘ be 1 lap – but that one lap is potentially 120+mph and considering the lap size of 37 miles then it really isn’t to be sniffed at.  That one lap is still more than most full length Irish and Northern Irish National races.  Hopefully come 2022 more teams will be in the field, on the track and ready to race!

Finally – this schedule is subject to change and given the weather we have had over the last couple of years this schedule will change.  At the time make sure to follow : 

And of course don’t forget the TBNI Road Racing Calendar – that will keep you up to date with all the Irish / Northern Ireland and Manx Road Racing Schedules.
 

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STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE MANX MOTOR CYCLE CLUB : Chris Swallow

The Manx Motor Cycle Club regrets to confirm that Chris Swallow, 37, from Wellington, New Zealand died today (24th August 2019) following an accident during the Classic TT Races on the Isle of Man. The incident occurred at Ballaugh Bridge during the Senior Classic TT Race.

Chris was an experienced competitor. He made his debut in the 2007 Manx Grand Prix and was a regular competitor in the Classic TT Races. He achieved two runner-up places in the 2012 Classic Manx Grand Prix – the 350cc and 500cc Races – and was fourth in last year’s Senior Classic TT Race.

The Manx Motor Cycle Club wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Chris’s family including his father Bill and his wife Jen and children.

Chris Swallow 2019
Chris Swallow 2019
Chris Swallow 2019
Chris Swallow 2019

2019 Ulster Grand Prix Results : UPDATED

Let’s cut to the chase here – thanks to Peter Hickman – the Ulster Grand Prix is once again the Fasted Road Race in the World!  Well done Peter Hickman and your amazing 136.415 mph lap!

2019 Ulster Grand Prix : The World's Fastest Road Race
2019 Ulster Grand Prix : The World’s Fastest Road Race : Credit @ulstergrandprix Twitter

Thursday 8th August 2019 : Thursday Evening Race Session :

CIRCLE K AIRPORT ROAD SERVICE STATION SUPERBIKE RACE (1)

CIRCLE K AIRPORT ROAD SERVICE STATION SUPERBIKE RACE (1)
CIRCLE K AIRPORT ROAD SERVICE STATION SUPERBIKE RACE (1)
BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LIGHTWEIGHT RACE 4 LAPS
BELFAST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LIGHTWEIGHT RACE 4 LAPS
DGH RECOVERY SERVICES ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT RACE
DGH RECOVERY SERVICES ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT RACE

SHOEI HELMETS SUPERSPORT RACE

SHOEI HELMETS SUPERSPORT RACE
SHOEI HELMETS SUPERSPORT RACE
CASTLE MALL SUPERTWINS RACE
CASTLE MALL SUPERTWINS RACE

After a pretty grim Wednesday Practice Session that was effectively ruined by rain it was over to Thursday and the promise of a much more road racing friendly wether forecast.  

The promise was fulfilled and the Dundrod skies were bright, maybe a little cloudy at times, but generally blessed with plenty of sunshine.  All of which raised the expectations and crowd numbers for the Thursday evening race session.

In previous years the Superbike Race (1) was the last event on the Thursday but due to the fact that in recent years the race did not get run the organisers made what, I believe to be, a great decision and moved it up to the first race of the session.

There was also a ‘little‘ bit of pressure on this race; looking forward to Saturday the weather forecast was / is not looking positive.  That meant that if the Ulster Grand Prix was to take back its former crown and title of being the ‘World’s Fastest Road Race’ then the only real likelihood of this happening in 2019 was in Superbike Race 1.

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2019 Munster 100 Results (Cork Road Races)

The Munster 100 (Cork Road Races) returned to County Cork, Republic of Ireland for the first time in six years over the weekend of 3rd and 4th August 2019.

It is a busy time of the racing year as the (Cork) Munster 100 is the fifth race in as many weeks on the Island of Ireland, in a series of six cumulating in the Ulster Grand Prix.  Saturday race day is being held on 10th August 2019 in what is part of an absolutely packed summer schedule.

Back to Cork though and Derek Shiels continued his exquisite form taking another superbike double, in doing so taking the Irish Superbike title. 

Michael Sweeney took ‘Man of the Meeting’ taking 2 podiums and 2 race wins over the event.

 

 

2019 Munster 100 Results
2019 Munster 100 Results

Check out the Official Munster 100 Website Here : https://cmrvc.ie/munster-100/munster-100-news

Check out the Official Munster 100 Facebook Page Here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/187960038598926/

Check out the Official Munster 100 Twitter Feed Here : https://twitter.com/Munster100RR

2019 Munster 100 Results : Cork Road Races :

1 Dermot Cleary

2 Tommy Henry

3 John O’Donovan

4 John Ella

5 Brian Keohane

6 John Cahill

7 Ben Mullane

1 Brian Mateer

2 Richard Ford

3 Philip Shaw

1 Ed Manly

2 Barry Davidson

3 Ian Thompson

4 Sean Leonard

5 Freddie Stewart

6 Andy Kildea

7 Gearoid Hoare

8 Kevin Callan

1 David Howard

2 Brian Loughlin

3 RJ Woolsey

1 Sean Leonard

1 Michael Sweeney

2 Stephen Casey

3 Paul Fallon

4 Lloyd Collins

5 Noel Carroll

1 Vinny Brennan

2 John Ella

3 Anthony Lillis

4 Ben Mullane

5 Francis O’Hara

6 David Broderick

7 RJ Woolsey

8 John O’Donovan

1 Michael Sweeney

2 Darryl Tweed

3 Vinny Brennan

4 John Ella

5 John O’Donovan

6 Ben Mullane

7 Stephen Tobin

8 Des Butler

1 Richard Ford

2 Ian Thompson

3 Philip Shaw

4 RJ Woolsey

1 Barry Davidson

2 Andy Kildea

3 Billy Lyle

4 Kevin Callan

2019 Munster 100 Road Races (Photo Credit : Alan McMahon Photography)

Up Next : 2019 Munster 100

The Cork Motorcycle Racing and Vintage Club will take us all the way to County Cork, Ireland on the weekend of 3rd & 4th August 2019…

2019 Munster 100 3rd / 4th August 2019
2019 Munster 100 3rd / 4th August 2019

2019 – Course length is 4.6 KM Starting from Killalough Cross – Counter Clockwise.

Check out the Official Munster 100 Website Here : https://cmrvc.ie/munster-100/munster-100-news

Check out the Official Munster 100 Facebook Page Here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/187960038598926/

Check out the Official Munster 100 Twitter Feed Here : https://twitter.com/Munster100RR

Check out all the results and timings from the 2019 Munster 100 : http://tbni.blog/2019/08/05/2019-munster-100-results-cork-road-races/

2019 Armoy Road Races : Results

2019 Armoy Road Races

More Information to follow on completion of the event…

2019 Armoy Road Races : Results : Friday 26th July 2019 :

Friday 26th July 2019 is practice and qualifying day at the 2019 Armoy Road Races.  However to conclude the night we are treated to 2 races, the Senior Support and Supersport Race 1.

After a day of practice were Michael Dunlop took the headlines – turning up on crutches (passed fit and ready to race with the aid of some mini steps) in order to defend his run of seven ‘Race of Legends’ titles.  In the second practice he was right in there with Derek Shiels – who wants to defend his current run of consecutive 2019 race victories.  Tomorrow’s feature race is already setting the scene to be epic.

 

 

The first race of the evening was the Senior Support – Ryan Fenton made his road racing debut and finished in a strong second place behind race favourite from the start Tommy Henry.  Andy McAllister completed the top trio, with Dermot Cleary in fourth.

The supersports had their first race of Armoy and in what must be one of the closest results of all time.  Derek McGee took the win from Paul Jordan by 0.002s.  That is two one thousands of a second!  Michael Sweeney completed the podium with Michael Dunlop taking forth on his MD Racing machine.  Even the timekeeping almost soiled itself – with initially the consensus being that Jordan had taken it at the line.  That was not the case…

2019 : Armoy Road Races : Results : Hilton Car Sales Supersports Race 1
2019 : Armoy Road Races : Results : Hilton Car Sales Supersports Race 1
 So a great start to the 2019 Armoy Road Races – and an amazing set up for tomorrow – now we just have to keep our fingers crossed that the Met Office Yellow Warning for heavy rain misses us!
2019 : Armoy Road Races : Results : Armoy Construction / PES Senior Support Race
2019 : Armoy Road Races : Results : Armoy Construction / PES Senior Support Race
2019 : Armoy Road Races : Results : Hilton Car Sales Supersports Race 1
2019 : Armoy Road Races : Results : Hilton Car Sales Supersports Race 1

2019 Armoy Road Races : Results : Saturday 27th July 2019 :

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