Have you always dreamed about riding a motorcycle on roads without speed limits? Even better, to have those roads closed off and still have no speed limits? Well that’s exactly what happens every year, since 1907, on the Isle of Man and they call it the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy or TT for short.
The Isle of Man is small island situated between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. On this island, using regular public roads, there is a 37.73 mile course that is closed off for a handful of days every day in order to hold of the most exciting and prestigious races in Motorsports today. The event lasts almost two weeks which allows the riders to go out on many practice runs to get a feel for the course. The current lap record is held by John McGuiness at 17 minutes 3.567 seconds, which if you do the math, you’re talking an average speed of 132.701 mph over the entire 37 mile course in 2015!
This might be hard to explain to someone if they’ve never seen it, kind of like many other badass motorsports such as snowmobiling, off-road racing, top fuel drag racing, and many others. There just doesn’t ever seem to be the right words to explain how amazing these things are in person. This race is no joke, there have been multiple deaths almost every year the race has taken place with a total of over 250 since the race started back in 1907. That is an average of 2 people ever single year. Sometimes it’s the riders flying off the bike at aver 180mph and other times it’s actual spectators that get hit by a bike going 180 mph. When you see the videos of this race you can immediately see how riders and spectators could easily be killed, the fans are literally inches away from the bikes as they come by in some cases over 200mph.
Like most forms of racing, there are multiple classes that compete in the TT with the most popular being the super stock bikes, the main event SuperBikes, and of course those wild sidecars. The TT zero class has also become wildly popular lately due to the bikes being electric, the Mugen Shinden is the bike that holds the electric lap record of 18 minutes 58 seconds and also happened to be ridden in 2015 by John McGuiness.
The 2016 Isle of man is only a couple short months away, so if you’re going to try and see it in person you better start making that happen right now! But until then, sit back and enjoy a few videos we tracked down to try and give you an idea of just how crazy this race is.
Here is a compilation of the sidecars. The sidecar lap record is only 2 minutes slower than the Superbike times so they are still hauling some major ass.