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Isle of Man 2008

Heres the deal, I have wanted to go the the Isle of Man for the TT races for a while. My better half is not interested and besides she works thru the month of June. So, looking for info from you guys across the pond or anyone for that matter with knowledge as to your experiences, places to stay-on the island -best viewing, how to get there-plane or ferry and from which side, etc. I will start to plan the trip soon so I need as much info as possible to make decisions and plans.

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Just some basics here. The island itself is really crowded, I mean really crowded, during TT week in June. Island population doubles with bikers. Great for the festival atmosphere, less so for actually riding around. Police are amazingly tolerant considering some of the lunatics riding their bikes, but then I think the IOM people are great anyway. I recommend not riding the route on Mad Sunday, as too many loons around. You can do it on a quieter day in the week.

So if you want the full festival, go to the TT. If you like things a little quieter, consider the Senior week later in the year. Less high profile, less crowded, and a more relaxed atmosphere.

For the TT, book your accommodation well ahead, I mean this year, as anything decent goes quickly. With a bike, easiest route is by fast ferry (a seacat) from the UK (Liverpool). About 4 hours if my memory serves me well (which it often doesn't). However I think the seacats cannot always run if sea conditions are really bad, in which case you could be rerouted onto a normal ferry which takes twice as long. This is just a risk you take.

Flying? Not with a bike as too dear. Even without, book well ahead. In any case you should book well ahead even with the ferries if you're taking transport. It's the only route where I've seen car drivers as a tiny minority - just thousands of bikes.

Douglas is the capital, and the best place to be if you want to be at the centre of everything. But I've also stayed in farmhouse accommodation further north on the island and had a great time. The course runs all round the centre and north of the island, and with over 37 miles there's plenty of places to view from (though all the best corners fill up quickly). And plenty of restos, cafes and pubs all over the island to refresh yourself.

If you have any experience in marshalling for road races, you could be interested in marshalling. I've done this for the Senior. Advs - you get a great view in front of everyone else. Disadvs - you have to be alert and know what to do if a rider or group comes off in front of you. Also, no photos allowed by marshals.

Whatever, the fact is that wherever you go on the island you'll be surrounded by bikers. So it's a great atmosphere. Imagine Sturgis but without the Harleys! And the people are really friendly. So with a bit of planning to secure your accommodation you should have a great time.

IOM Tourist Office is also very helpful, and has lists of B&B accommodation.

This is a bit of a brain dump, but hope it helps.
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Wow, Slampo, great info. Wont be taking the GT (or renting a bike on the other side) as J-Low (the GT) gets air sic. So just air, and ferry to the Isle. If I get a room in St Douglas, can I do without renting a car-probably a dumb question, and get around? I really want to see the side-car and open class races, but guess to get a room need to book the week, besides 7k miles from home so I'll do the whole week. I will google the
"senior" week to see what thats all about. Thoughts. Thanks

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Booked!!

Ok, Lodging-booked^, flight to Dublin-booked^, flight to IOM-booked, looks like i'm going. Hope they don't run out of Guinness. Yea baby

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While you are there go to Laxey and up on to the famous water wheel.
Take the tram upto Snaefell, slow ride with great scenery.
Go to the manx museum.
Get a guide to take you round the TT course.
Get out to Port Erin and Port St Mary, ver very nice, Port Erin has good beaches and Ice Cream
Go to Ramsey for the Sprint Races on the Sea front.

There are a million things to do on the Isle of Man during TT race fortnight, I have been 5 times and allways find something else to do or somewher new to explore.

Enjoy.
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While you are there go to Laxey and up on to the famous water wheel.
Take the tram upto Snaefell, slow ride with great scenery.
Go to the manx museum.
Get a guide to take you round the TT course.
Get out to Port Erin and Port St Mary, ver very nice, Port Erin has good beaches and Ice Cream
Go to Ramsey for the Sprint Races on the Sea front.

There are a million things to do on the Isle of Man during TT race fortnight, I have been 5 times and allways find something else to do or somewher new to explore.

Enjoy.
Thanks mate (practicing my Brit lingo). Tips on viewing spots. Will be staying in Douglas just up the street from the s/f line.

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Viewing places,

Bray Hill and Ago's leap....Front wheel airbourne over both crests
Quarter Bridge......tight and slow, good viewing
Union Mills.......twisty and quick
Ballaugh Bridge......whole bike airborne
Quarry Bends.....fast bends
Kirkmichael........fast and swoopy
Sulby Straight.....v fast
Ramsey town....very noisy as exhausts echo against houses........
The gooseneck tight righthander and they kiss the bank on the left on the way out
Onto the mountain section....fast swoopy turns and bloody quick
Bungalow
Mountain mile......flat out throttle aginst the stop
Black hut
Guthries memorial
Windy corner......very fast right hander, nearly lost my GSXR 1100 there 3 years ago lol.
Bungalow....over the tram lines...wobbling
Keppel Gate
Greg-NY baa
Brandish Hillberry........I have sat here several times behind the wall on the right.
Signpost and back to the start.

Lots of places to view, go up the mountain on a non race day and look about for places to watch from, IE: watch the jo public and see where you might like to be.

Enjoy, I did.
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Viewing places,

Bray Hill and Ago's leap....Front wheel airbourne over both crests
Quarter Bridge......tight and slow, good viewing
Union Mills.......twisty and quick
Ballaugh Bridge......whole bike airborne
Quarry Bends.....fast bends
Kirkmichael........fast and swoopy
Sulby Straight.....v fast
Ramsey town....very noisy as exhausts echo against houses........
The gooseneck tight righthander and they kiss the bank on the left on the way out
Onto the mountain section....fast swoopy turns and bloody quick
Bungalow
Mountain mile......flat out throttle aginst the stop
Black hut
Guthries memorial
Windy corner......very fast right hander, nearly lost my GSXR 1100 there 3 years ago lol.
Bungalow....over the tram lines...wobbling
Keppel Gate
Greg-NY baa
Brandish Hillberry........I have sat here several times behind the wall on the right.
Signpost and back to the start.

Lots of places to view, go up the mountain on a non race day and look about for places to watch from, IE: watch the jo public and see where you might like to be.

Enjoy, I did.
Exactly the information I needed. Cheers mate. Will be sure to post pics after the event.

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