Photos: 103 years of the TT

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Right about now, dozens of motorcycles are lapping public roads on a small island in the Irish Sea at average speeds of around 130mph. Motorcycle racing’s last bastion of insane riders taking unbelievable risks is inexplicably thriving in its 103rd year in a risk-averse world. Here’s a few pictures to remind you of where the Isle of Man TT came from, even while bikes like the 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc are showing where it’s going.

  • Ben(pi)

    “…even while bikes like the 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc are showing where it’s going.”

    You mean unable to finish a lap?

    I kid, I kid.

    • Peter

      Haha. I was thinking the same thing.

    • Wes Siler

      Well they just completed a 94mph practice lap with a sulby trap speed of 133mph.

  • brettvegas

    Yeah, but Wes, a DNF ain’t racing.
    Untill Motoczysz stops blaming his
    machine, I doubt he will make it
    round the course. Nobodies fault,
    Thats just how life is.

  • Harry Mallin

    Brett… technically, you’re right. The Motoczysz bike has not finished a race. However, the fact that it did finish the practice lap today with some impressive times and speed, is promising.

  • brettvegas


    True, but, you know, a promise and and a couple of bucks will get you a cup of coffee. I remain
    unimmpressed, let’s see it finish, all else is just
    theory and pretty pic’s.

  • PeteP

    The IOM is one of the best motorcycleing experiences in the world. I went in 1989, and it was amazing. Go before you die!