Tropical Storm Ophelia Aims For Ireland

Northern Ireland Hurrican Survival Kit
Northern Ireland Hurrican Survival Kit

Track Storm #Ophelia Live time here :,47.01,1535/loc=-16.139,56.259

Ex Hurricane Ophelia (previously a category 3 hurricane – the most intense storm ever recorded as far east on the globe) is due to hit the south west of Ireland in the next few hours.  It will then sweep across the island leaving the north coast at about 10pm.  High winds will likely continue into Tuesday.

During these hours this storm will be intense, it has been described as a 50 year storm, the Met Office, Irish Weather Authority, both Governemnts have issued advise.  Stay away from the coast, don’t go out unless you have to, stay safe, secure any loose property, be careful of debris trees etc.

Be prepared – have a torch, charge your phone, charge your power banks, have batteries, a battery powered radio, candles… if you have a land line – it may well work without electricity so make sure it is plugged in.  This storm will most likely pass quickly so don’t panic and stay safe.

This advise is sound – don’t be a hero and don’t put our real heroes (the emergency services) in a position where you have to be saved from your own stupidity.

Track Storm #Ophelia Live time here :,47.01,1535/loc=-16.139,56.259

Here are some very useful numbers should you need them :

Northern Ireland Emergency Contact Numbers
Northern Ireland Emergency Contact Numbers

Seriously – Stay Safe!

Northern Ireland Storm Ophelia
Northern Ireland Storm Ophelia

Iron Butt Association : Circuit of Ireland

According to Wikipedia :

The Iron Butt Association (IBA) is a US-based organization dedicated to endurance motorcycle riding with a claim of over 60,000 members worldwide who tout themselves as the “World’s Toughest Riders.” One of its more popular slogans is “The World Is Our Playground.”

The IBA does have membership in a traditional sense. There are monthly newsletters sent to subscribed members. There are no mandatory yearly dues, although members can voluntarily pay an annual fee to become a premiere member. Premiere members receive occasional news and information from the IBA staff, early notice of some events, additional chances to enter some events, discounted entry fees for some events, and access to special areas of the web-based discussion board.

The IBA is a loose-knit organization with only one way to earn membership: ride one of the several rides the IBA certifies.

All that sounds pretty accurate. You can check out the official IBA Websites here :

Iron Butt Association Web Page :

Iron Butt Association UK Web Page :

Iron Butt Association Ireland Web Page :

It was this bit that got me : ‘with only one way to earn membership : ride one of the several rides the IBA Certifies.’


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Killalane 2017 – Carole Nash East Coast Racing Festival – 9 & 10th September 2017 : Results

Killalane 2017 – Carole Nash East Coast Racing Festival – 9 & 10th September 2017 : Results

Sunday 10th September 2017 : Race Day for the first ever East Coast Racing Festival and we have all the results right here for you before the tents are even folded away.

Unfortunately some grim rain and winds brought an early end to proceedings, but we got seven races completed and a great days racing.  Looking forward to next year…

Read on for the Results :

Read moreKillalane 2017 – Carole Nash East Coast Racing Festival – 9 & 10th September 2017 : Results

Carole Nash East Coast Racing Festival : 9th – 10th September 2017 at Killalane

East Coast Motorcycling Club : Press Release :

The East Coast Motorcycling Club is delighted to announce that they are running 2017’s Irish road race finale. The circuit previously run as Killalane road races, which was the traditional road race season closer, is now the Carole Nash East Coast Racing Festival. Following a brief sabbatical in 2016, this new Killalane circuit race will take place this year on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017.

The new East Coast Motorcycling Club was formed in 2016 following the cancellation of the Killalane Road Races last year, with a view to ensuring this fantastic annual motorcycle racing event, held since 1984, was retained as the finale on the Irish road race calendar.

This two day road racing festival kicks off with practice races on Saturday, followed by two of the first official races, which includes two non-championship races for 125’s and a 600cc race in memory of Darren Lindsay.

On Sunday 10th a packed programme of ten races for Junior and Senior Support classes, Classics, Supertwins, 400’s / 250’s, 600’s and Open Superbike Classes.

This makes for a fantastic day’s road racing on this famous 3.6mile southern Irish road race circuit. Past winners over the 32 years of the event reads like a who’s who of Irish motorcycle racing including the legendary Joey Dunlop and his brother Robert and the late great Flying Finn, local boy Martin Finnegan. More recently it’s been Ryan Farquhar, with the Dunlop brothers William and Michael.

Read moreCarole Nash East Coast Racing Festival : 9th – 10th September 2017 at Killalane

2017 North West 200 : Race & Practice Schedule

Race week is fast approaching and here are all the details you need to catch all the action…

Tuesday 9th May


9.15am – 3.00pm

Thursday 11th May


9.15am – 3.00pm

Thursday 11th May

Evening Racing

5.00pm – 9.00pm

Saturday 13th May

Race Day

9.15am – 7.00pm

2017 NW200 Coverage
2017 NW200 Coverage

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Guy Martin Crashes Out of 2017 Tandragee 100 Superbike Race – No Injuries. 

Guy Martin’s return to the road racing scene took an early spill at the 2017 Tandragee 100 when his Honda collided with that of fellow racer, Paul Jordan, at Marlacoo Corner, on the opening lap of the Superbike Race. 

Most importantly neither rider was hurt and as the photographs show it turned into probably the most amicable spill ever with the two guys sitting up, having a chat and a cup of tea. 

Paul Jordan even found the light hearted side of the crash a short time later on his Twitter Feed. 

Read moreGuy Martin Crashes Out of 2017 Tandragee 100 Superbike Race – No Injuries. 

2017 Tandragee 100 : Results

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Well today unfortunately the weather forecasts could not have been more wrong. For at least the last week the forecast was overcast, but dry. That was wrong it was overcast and wet

The day did start off dry and we got a couple of races before the mizzle started. The problem is it never stopped and as the day went on, it got harder right up to the point where there were reports coming in (via Twitter) of standing water on sections of the course. 

This was the forecast for the hour following the Senior Support Race : 

2017 Tandragee 100 Weather
2017 Tandragee 100 Weather

The deteriorating weather conditions and a race incident (no further details known at this stage) – just at the end of the Senior Support Race brought the days events to an end – before we could have a SuperSports race and the days feature race – The Tandragee 100.

Most importantly I wish a speedy recovery to the rider involved in the Race Incident. 

The Results of the days completed races are as follows :

Read more2017 Tandragee 100 : Results

Road Racing Calendar Now Available

iCal is now proud to announce that our Road Racing Calendar will continue for the 2018 Irish and Northern Irish Road Racing Season.  Our iCal Calendar is now available and open to subscription!

The 2018 Events are already getting added!

Simply Click here and you will be offered to Subscribe to the TBNI Road Racing Calendar :

Read moreRoad Racing Calendar Now Available

TomBoyNI’s MotoVLog Episode 002 : BMW R1200GSA Walkthrough / GoPro Hero 5 & Mic Adapter Test

Have a quick walkaround of my 2010 BMW R1200GSA and see all it’s latest modifcations and accessories.

Also listen to the audio captured by the new GoPro Hero 5 using the GoPro Mic Adapter and an external microphone.

A full list of the modifications and accessories (as of today) :

  • – BMW Navigator IV Sat Nav
  • – Tyres – Metzeler Tourence
  • – Grip Puppies
  • – Cymarc R1200GSA Adventure Crud Catcher
  • – Cymarc R1200GSA Adventure Spot Light Protectors
  • – Touratech Fork Protectors
  • – Touratech Throttle Cover
  • – Wunderlich (Guard Concept) GoPro Mount
  • – Nippy Norman’s Emergency Oil Bottle for R1200GSA
  • – Wunderlich Tank Pads
  • – Wunderlich Protective Fork Stickers
  • – MachineArt Mudsling Max
  • – MachineArt Avant Fender Extender
  • – Cymarc R1200GS & R1200GSA Adventure Oil Cooler Guard
  • – Rugged Roads Rear Splash Guard
  • – Rugged Roads Centre Stand Guard
  • – Rugged Roads Headlight Guard
  • – Rugged Roads Exhaust Link Pipe Guard (Plain)
  • – Rugged Roads Frame Guards
  • – SW Motech Bags Connection Mounting Plate
  • – BMW Top Box Pads
  • – R&G Shocktube (Front)
  • – R&G Shocktube (Rear)
  • – Helicopter Tape (Front Forks)
  • – R&G Shaft Protector
  • – Yoke Protector