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    18 years ago this year.

    We lost one of the all time greatest Isle of Mann TT riders Joey Dunlop whom ironically was not killed riding a large capacity machine but a smaller one.
    I remember the funeral and the absolute masses of of people whom turned out Est at 50,000 such was the status of the person.
    I place him in the league of Agostini and Fangio those other great motor sportsman as no one could make a bike talk like Joey Dunlop.
    I remember watching "V4 Victory" when he rode around the Isle of Mann with a ruddy great camera on the tank which he said made the bike handle not so well.
    But it gave you the first person view of a 180MPH wheelie and racing through the glen's where the light transition was seen to be believed.

    Its worth to note he beat the Yamaha R1's on the RC-45 Honda (SP-1) when the Yammie was the faster machine and had an extra 2 pots a inline 4 V's a V2.
    The vid is worth watching all the way its not long and the least one can do for one of the greatest.
    R.I.P Joey.

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    With the exception of seeing old F1 cars put sideways by the likes of Gilles Villeneuve I don't think anything makes my skin prickle like the Isle of Man.

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    Do either of you know Matt Mingay the Ozzie stunt rider sponsored by Suzuki and now Harley Davidson? Recently badly injured. Friend of mine in that I was in the Army with his dad (7 RAR) and his mum was best school pals with mine

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    Nope sorry Pete.

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    Put his name on youtube to see some real stunts with a heavy bike, a Harley. He is/was sponsored by the toy manufacturer Wizz-Wheels. Did the Oz Grant Prix and others many times and the bike stunts in the last James Bond film. Put on a private show at his brothers RAAF base for the blokes and their families. Afterwards, and quite unexpectedly for him, they showed their appreciation by taking him up in one of the latest fighters. Just to show him some REAL raw power and stunts.

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    Cinder's; Joey Dunlop is my motorcycle hero! Thanks for reminding me of the anniversary .
    The race you refer to was 1999 Ulster Grand Prix with David Jeffries on the Yamaha R1, (which is a 1,000 cc in line 4) and Joey on the Honda RC45, (which is a V4 of only 750cc.)
    Before the race Jeffries had told the press that Joey was not is main threat because he'd only qualified 6th place on the 750.
    It is in my mind; the best road race I've ever seen. The sound of the Honda having it's neck wrung by Joey is pure music. Jeffries face on the podium was a picture too!

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    Thanks for the correction on the RC45 I had always thought it was a V twin like the RC51 but they were years apart the previous must have been a latter RC30.
    From Wiki ~ "The RC30 was superseded some four years after the last one was built by the Honda RVF750 RC45 in 1994."

    My respect has even gone further for the "maun" beating the R1's on a 750 when those bloody R1's are like a bolt of lightning I have seen them take on the "Blackbirds" (Which I have a 2003 mod.) and just pants them the rider input has allot to do with it but the "Bird" is a sports/tourer not a rocket ship though its 174MPh top speed is not slow either.

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    On the video link, just listen to that RC45 from the 2minute 30 onwards; running down the flying kilometer in Ulster.


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