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How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    I like this post:

    This included a medical release from my doctor stating I was mentally sound to compete at the Isla of Man Manx Grand Prix.

    I wonder what the test is for that???

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    good quote on shipping the bike:

    There were concerns about which method to ship the bike, and all the logistics that go with getting the bike from home to Douglas, Isle of Man. There is no direct way from here to there. First to a trucker in Connecticut, then to the exporter in New Jersey. Then by ship to Liverpool. And, another shipment to the dock in Douglas. Someone would then have to pick up the container and deliver it to the Paddock, also in Douglas. Then, I heard that the Manx Government was providing a container to up to 8 American racers' bikes free of charge both to and from the Island. Delivery to the Paddock. Another great relief, but now, where are the other racers? We all found each other, and in short order. My new issue was that all of the others who were going to the MGP this year were from the West Coast of the US. That meant that the container would be sealed and shipped from San Francisco.

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    It's ridiculously expensive from what I see.
    You could always borrow from your 401K.

    Just bustin on you. Go for it. That's a great bucket list item. I'm going as a spectator in 2016.

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    it is actually nowhere near as I was thinnking in regards to cost.

    if you have the will it is actually pretty attainable. i am even more confident now that I am talking to people who did it.

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    It is definitely obtainable, but the costs will come out of nowhere and rise. Just budget for more than you think!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseygirl View Post
    It is definitely obtainable, but the costs will come out of nowhere and rise. Just budget for more than you think!
    As always with racing hehe

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    So plan is to run lightweight?

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasnmar View Post
    So plan is to run lightweight?
    I have a few ideas but yes plan A is to run Lw

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    Talk to Bill Blythe. He has been to two IOM's and he raced LRRS to get his FIM Qualification.Good luck....

    https://www.facebook.com/bill.blythe.395?fref=ts

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    I want to do it for that piece inside me that tells me that opportunities like that don't come often and you should live every moment to the fullest (I know cliche).
    Do it up.

    Print T-shirts. I'll buy and wear one.

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    I havent read the whole thread so im not sure if this has been answered already, just my take

    I have wanted to run the TT since birth lol. I went 2 years ago not only to watch but get a genuine idea of how much it would cost me. I walked around the pits 75% of the guys there are small timers/club racers. You have 10-15 riders with the works the rest are regular joes. I made it a point to chat with a regular joe. He had the box truck, EZ up just like any guy from LRRS. He was from England and he said it cost him about $14K pounds total. Just my guess your looking at $20k on the conversion. then you gotta add your trip over there and shipping bike back and forth. Also I believe you need to ride the Manx GP at least one round to be even allowed to qualify for the TT. So to answer your question. Yes its stupid expensive, would i do it.....ABSOLUTELY.

    also i met some aussies who had their bikes shipped over there..they need to send it out 3 months before hand to make sure it got to IOM in time.

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    Absolutely do it! And good luck too. Talk to Bill Blythe he has a ton of knowledge on this and is a blast to hang out with. Did a bunch of trackdays with him and the fun never stops. I do have his # and can PM it if you want. He lives in over in Somers Ct. super nice guy.

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    Quote Originally Posted by FAST GSXR750 View Post
    Absolutely do it! And good luck too. Talk to Bill Blythe he has a ton of knowledge on this and is a blast to hang out with. Did a bunch of trackdays with him and the fun never stops. I do have his # and can PM it if you want. He lives in over in Somers Ct. super nice guy.
    Hell of a nice guy. He's got some cool stories about the tt

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    I just did a expedia/orbitz search for Flight BOS - Isle of Man + hotel in the last week of Isle of Man for 2015.
    Cost: approx 2.5 for 1 person (if you go alone) or around 1.8-2k(per person) for 2 people. It may be a good idea to just be a tourist for 2015 to figure out the racing logistics for 2016 ...


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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    find Brandon Cretu on my fb. He's been doing it for like 4 or 5 years. I believe he started out as a real privateer and now rides for Splitlath Buell there and at the Macau GP. I know Hel is a good sponsor of his also. its gonna be a lot of work, wheelin and dealin, talking to many people but its possible.

    also check out Amazon.com: One Man's Island: Mark Gardiner: Movies & TV
    I haven't seen it but should give you an insight into what it's like.

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    Sav, I rent an office from a freight forwarder and customs agent, they have shipped bikes in the past to Europe for vintage events so have experience.
    Also, perhaps more importantly, one of my good friends owns a tuning shop based in Ireland, he used to race in BSB and currently supports many racers. He will be able to put you in touch with the right people and maybe even arrange a ride (it may be cheaper to rent a bike than ship one??)
    I think you need to buy me a pint or two while we chat!!

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    Sunday night? Shrewsbury st?

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    Call me on Friday but that should work.

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    I think it would be awesome. Hell I will donate money to the cause if you decide to give it a try.

    The Manx is still a big event -- there are thousands of fans there, and I wouldn't be surprised if some of the big names run it. I believe Guy Martin did both Manx & IOM TT for a while.

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    Order an H2 have it delivered to the Isle of Mann

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    If you can't make the IOM TT work, then the other two huge road races are the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix. Both are in Northern Ireland which would make logistics a lot easier. I missed spectating at the NW200 a couple of years ago by a few days

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    I think the most realistic scenario now is Manx GP in 2016 and TT in 2017

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    I think the most realistic scenario now is Manx GP in 2016 and TT in 2017
    In for the refueling pit crew job. Who's gonna change the rear wheel?

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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    Step 1: buy a bike that qualifies



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    Re: How can you race TT Isle of Mann?

    Well don't leave us hanging
    Ah, there is a picture that my phone doesn't want to show me

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